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Scuba Diving with Sharks

Become an open water scuba diver. Dive with Cape fur seals, mako sharks, great whites and 7-gill sharks as well as explore the magical kelp forests. This comprehensive 3-week project is jam packed with adventure and amazing sea life.

Scuba Diving with Sharks


Location Simons Town (near Cape Town), South Africa
Duration 3 weeks only
Dates All year round
  • You must have an upper intermediate level of English
  • Special skills: You must be physically fit and able to swim
Minimum Age: 18
Your impact
Documents required Enrolment form, curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, passport copy, proof of medical insurance
Day of arrival Saturday
Day of departure Saturday


  • Meet the Marine Big 5: sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins and seals.
  • Enjoy this opportunity to dive with great white sharks.
  • Experience different shark species in their natural habitat.
  • Get your Open Water Diving qualification.
  • Learn about shark behaviour, biology and ocean conservation.
  • Get personal support from the volunteer coordinator.
  • Make new friends from all over the world.

Project Information

The project is based in Simons Town, a town on the shores of False Bay which lies on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula.

Southern Africa is a shark hotspot with one of the most bio diverse shark faunas in the world. The project offers customized shark-diving expeditions that bring you face-to-face with these unique sharks. They will make sure you are in the right place at the right time for the best chance of diving with your shark of choice.

False Bay is one of the only places in the world that you can consistently dive with between 10 and 70 of this ancient species. Sevengill Sharks are formidable predators of Cape Fur Seals, other species of shark and fish. 

Their mission statement is: “We believe that we can make a difference by showing people a positive experience with sharks. We don’t believe in misrepresenting them as potential killers for an adrenalin experience to sell tours. We do believe that sharks should be respected as the critically important predators they are.“

Your Role

Becoming an SSI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure as it is recognised! On this project you can complete your course in the dynamic Cape Town waters.

During your dive training, your day will starts at 08:00 with a brief meeting with the instructor in the diving centre. From there, you will be participate in either class, pool, or open water training depending on what stage in the course work you are at. During dive expeditions, days start early depending on what dive is taking place. These dive expeditions include offshore open-water diving, inshore open-water diving, and white shark cage diving. Dive expeditions vary between half-day and full-day trips. Your instructor will use time in between or after expeditions to cover further course work and/or review areas of the dive training that require further consideration by the group.

With personalized training and taking enough time, the project will make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.

Other activities at the project could include:

  • going on regular beach clean ups with the community;
  • working with the Shark Spotter programme – the only one in the world;
  • gathering data on the Great White Sharks;
  • getting involved in the project’s conservation efforts.

Please note that this project is dependent on a certain number of participants - we will need the confirmation from the project before you book your flight.

It is important to note that this description serves as an example only. Everything at the programme is dependent on the weather and diving conditions. The final job description can therefore vary from the above substantially.


You will be accommodated in a large communal house in Simons Town. The house is equipped with shared bedrooms that accommodate between 2 to 4 volunteers per room. Two to 4 volunteers share a bathroom. There is a self-catering kitchen as well as a lounge area that can be used. 

Bedding is provided. Towels are not provided.  A laundry service is located next door to the dive shop which can be used by volunteers at any time – costs are about +/- ZAR 50 per load. WiFi is available at coffee shops that are close by.