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Shark Specialist Program

Students and enthusiasts are welcomed onto this internationally acclaimed shark specialty program. Join our dedicated team and develop skills in shark diving, research, conservation and education.

Shark Specialist Program

Participants learn snorkeling, diving and scientific techniques to collect data that is vital to the management of some of the world’s vulnerable shark species.

As a team member at the Shark Research Unit, you will be the driving force in our education and conservation programs, as well as ensuring the ongoing success of our dedicated shark and ecosystem level research programs. In addition to shark diving and snorkeling with up to five species of sharks, participants will be working in the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, one of South Africa’s most pristine and important marine biodiversity hotspots.

The Shark Research Unit is a division of the renowned shark diving and adventure company Blue Wilderness. The Shark Research Unit was set up as a distinct division with a core mission of contributing to the health of the marine ecosystems in general and sharks in particular. The unit houses a small but dedicated team consisting of biologists, conservationists and educators.

Daily operations are centered around a dynamic set of short and long term special projects. Each aimed to produce tangible benefits for the Southern African marine ecosystems. Participants who join the research unit will become vital members of the team and drive these daily projects.

Pre-requisites 

The second two weeks of each month involves SCUBA based research dives. To participate in these dives, participants must be open-water SCUBA certified. We recommend that non-certified participants gain certification during the initial two weeks of the program. Book your certification course here

Flexi-booking special

Africa Media is offering a ‘Flexi-booking’ special during the challenges of Covid-19. When booking with Flexi-booking, you are able to secure your spot at a $250 discount and only choose which month you will attend when you are comfortable you can travel safely and securely.

Program Fees

$2450

$2700

Includes

28 day program

Shark Research Expeditions

School Outreach Visits

Conservation Projects

Accommodation

Meals

Internet

Local travel

Dates

Program dates

  • 1 – 28 March
  • 1 – 28 April
  • 1 – 28 May
  • 1 – 28 June
  • 1 – 28 July
  • 1 – 28 Aug
  • 1 – 28 September
  • 1 – 28 October

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Alumni Reviews

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Rating of Average of 9.5 on a total of 10 Ratings
Amanda Kowalski
March 21, 2018
Highly recommend the underwater photography course

Loved loved LOVED every second I spent with Africa Media! I was blessed with an incredible group of people, one that I consider family forever, and learned about the South African culture, from braais to the language, to the people. Highly recommend the underwater photography course to ANYONE interested in spending a month diving with a camera in hand to capture all the magnificent creatures Africa has to offer.

Sophie Roselt
October 4, 2017
Epic

This course is amazing!! The wildlife you're exposed to is crazy, from whales to manta rats and awesome macro critters like seahorses whilst being surrounded in paradise and friendly locals. The amount you learn is crazy, basically a person who’s never held a camera at the start will leave with significantly improved photos that they would be so proud of!  Great value for money & such a great experience!!

Shawn Tan
June 21, 2017
Amazing experience!

I spent a month doing the underwater photography internship program, and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The course was taught well, from the basics of handling and care for underwater photography gear, to complex subjects such as composition and editing. Regardless of if you are a beginner or have been taking photos for years, this course has much to teach and catered a lot to individuals Diving in South Africa was phenomenal and(...)

Colton Cross
September 26, 2016
It was an awesome experience

It was an awesome experience I met people who will be family to me forever!!! I learned a lot underwater photography and about Braai!! The cultural of South Africa will be brought back to the states !! Love you all

Francesca Trotman
August 11, 2014
I’ve seen humpbacks, whale sharks, mantas, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few

Home safe and sound, wishing I was back in guinjata! I really met some amazing people out there and had an incredible experience. I suppose all good things must come to an end but I will be back! These two months have been awesome, I’ve seen humpbacks, whale sharks, mantas, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few! Thanks to all the Campfire lot for letting me come with you and thank you to everyone at guinjata for being so totally awesome, showing me(...)

FAQ'S

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Find everything you need to know about our underwater videography training internship program is here in the FAQ’s

SYLLABUS

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Discover the underwater adventures and expert tuition that our underwater videography training program includes.

PORTFOLIOS

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View the video portfolios, sequences and documentaries of our past underwater videography students

PLATFORMS

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The underwater videography program runs out of two separate locations: Guinjata Bay – Mozambique & Durban – SA.

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