Great white shark volunteering


This unique volunteering opportunity enables you to spend time collecting valuable data for research regarding these magnificent creatures of the deep.  Among the highlights are taking part in shark cage diving, assisting tourists on the boat and also attending educational seminars about the Marine environment of South Africa. If you are interested in the field of biology, or just want to try something totally out of the ordinary, this project is ideal for you.

Important information

  • Arrive and depart from Cape Town 
  • Minimum age requirement of 18
  • Volunteer 2 – 12 weeks
  • Airport transfers included
  • All project transport included
  • Accommodation provided (Self-catering)
  • Price starting from 1250€ (2020)

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  • Applications are free
  • 24 Hour response time
  • 2-week period to accept service offer
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General tasks of the volunteer would consist of the following:

  • Boat check before trips
  • Ensure cleanliness of boat
  • Make sure equipment for diving, chumming, bait, food etc. are on boat
  • Assist with anchoring
  • Assist with securing the cage
  • Education of clients and general interaction with them
  • Assist clients as needed
  • Preparing and distributing wet-suits for clients
  • Chumming
  • Data recording
  • Data capturing
  • Writing for the project’s blog
  • Constant and vigilant shark spotting
  • Point out sharks to crew, clients and fellow volunteers
  • Clean boat post-trip
  • Clean and put wet-suits away
  • Tuesdays assist at the recycle shop

The project focuses on more than just the casual Shark cage diving, with the areas of focus being:

  • Service delivery
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Research

You will receive the following training in regards to White Sharks:

  • Biology
  • Research
  • Behavior
  • Conservation
  • Shark attacks
  • Basic seamanship
  • Wind directions
  • Responsible Shark tourism

The program you can expect as a volunteer:

  • Welcome & introduction by volunteer coordinator
  • Lectures regarding various different shark-related topics
  • Preparation of boats & cages
  • Data recording and weekly collection
  • Excursions on bad weather days

Participants of the program will stay at the volunteer house which is located 2 minutes from the harbor. The house overlooks the ocean, with comfortable dorm rooms, a nice dining area and a lounge. For those hot evenings, there is also an outside entertainment area where volunteers can enjoy the outdoors.

There is a small supermarket nearby where volunteers can easily stock up on supplies.

What will be included in the accommodation:

  • Accommodation in a self-catering volunteer house
  • All bedding provided (Extra blankets in winter)
The prices:
Weeks Price
2 1250€
3 1650€
4 1880€
5 2150€
6 2380€
7 2650€
8 2915€
9 3150€
10 3515€
11 3650€
12 3915€
Our services:

Before departure:

  • Placement at project personally visited & approved by a Claim Victory member.
  • Detailed information & service package with all needed information
  • Flight suggestions & checking of travel insurance
  • List of fellow travelers who will be joining you at the project


  • Airport transfers (Pick up & drop off) at Cape Town international airport
  • 1-night Hostel accommodation in Cape Town including breakfast
  • All project-related transport
  • All project-related costs (Accommodation, meals & activities as stipulated in the information)
  • Dedicated volunteer coordinator located on-site at the project
  • 24/7 Local emergency assist number of Claim Victory

After return:

  • Feedback/Debriefing (Optional)
  • Certificate of volunteering (Optional)

Want to get the most out of your visit to South Africa? Why not add a tour to your adventure!

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