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Dive Review of White Shark Projects/Free housing for volunteers in
Africa/Gansbaii South Africa

White Shark Projects/Free housing for volunteers: "Volunteer with Great White Sharks Projects", Oct, 2014,

by bill mashek, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7819.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is not my typical review. This is an experience divers may be interested in. Especially if you share a passion for great white sharks.
I spent 15 days as a volunteer For White Shark Projects
As a long time diver and surfer, I have always had an interest in sharks especially great whites. When I read about the opportunity to volunteer at White shark Projects in Gansbaai South Africa, I knew, this is something I wanted to do. The highest concentration of Great Whites are found in this area and it is the best place in the world to observe these aquatic behemoths in their natural habitat.
Great White Shark Projects is more than a shark cage diving company. Besides taking people out on the cage dives, they are involved in eco tourism, education, conservation community projects and shark research. They take data on individual sharks, their physical characteristics, size, gender, behavior and specific markings. This information goes to the South African Shark Conservancy for shark research and conservation.
As a volunteer, I was trained in White Shark biology; research; behavior; conservation; shark attacks and basic seamanship, and shark tourism. We learned how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe once inside it.
We also went to local schools and an orphanage to give presentations on great whites and helped with Shark Projects recycling program.
Shark Projects supports South Africa Shark Conservancy (SASC) which is a shark research organization. We spent 2 days working with SASC diving and catching (by hand) cat sharks and small leopard sharks for tagging research.
The diving around southern South Africa is very similar in Northern California. The kelp forests in this area of South Africa are very similar to our Bull Kelp (nerocystis)
Overall, this was a profound experience for me and highly recommend it for any diver who has the time and the interest in Great White Sharks.
Websites White Shark Projects   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving united states west coast and east coast, Mexico pacific and atlantic, central america, south america, south east asia, africa, thailand
Closest Airport capetown Getting There Fly to Capetown South AFrica. White Shark Projects will arrange all transportation

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 58-60°F / 14-16°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions n/a
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments lots of photo ops not set up for UWP
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