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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included and excluded?

Cost includes:

  • 16 dive package (consists of: reef dive, snorkels, aquarium, estuary dives, 3 ocean safaris and 1 estuary trip in Moz)
  • All videography equipment including cameras, housings and lights
  • Practical and theoretical training instruction in underwater videography
  • Meals
  • Dorm or single ($500 supplement) accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Hard and soft SCUBA equipment
  • SCUBA airfills

Costs exclude:

  • Recreational weekend SCUBA diving
  • PADI Open water qualification course
  • Internet fees
  • Laundry service
  • Non-course excursions
  • Extra food and beverages and alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Staff tips
  • Early arrival and late departure fees ($40/day)
How long can I stay?

The program runs for a month in duration (from the 1st to the 28th), with catering and accommodation offered during the dates of the course advertised. If you would like to arrive early or depart late, then you will be charged R500/day to cover your food and accommodation. All participants must be SCUBA qualified (minimum open water certification) prior to the start of the program.

Where will I stay?

If you are joining us in May, June, July, August or September, then you will stay in Scottburgh, South Africa, at the famed shark diving company – Blue Wilderness. If you are joining us for October or November then our home for the duration of the course will be the dive center at Guinjata Bay. This is a resort located within the Inhambane region of Mozambique.

I am not SCUBA certified. Can I still come?

This program requires that you are SCUBA qualified and have some experience SCUBA diving.

If you are not yet qualified, you can join the program and arrive 2 weeks prior to the beginning to get qualified and participate in 10 recreational dives for experience. This additional training, board and accommodation costs $1600. If unable to attend for two additional weeks, we can consider a 1-week training package for $1000 that includes PADI Open Water, 5 recreational dives, meals and accommodation.

Where must I fly to?

Scottburgh – South Africa

Arrange flights in and out of King Shaka Airport – Durban

Guinjata – Mozambique

Arrange flights in and our of Inhambane Airport – Inhambane

Can I dive recreationally?

Yes, weekend dives can be organised at your own cost.

What equipment will I have access to?

All videography and scuba equipment is supplied during the course. This includes:

  • 6 x Underwater video kits consisting of:
    • 1 x Panasonic HVX200 with gates housing
    • 2 x Nikon D70 with Ikilite housings
    • 1 x Canon 5D mk 2 with Sea & Sea housing
    • 1 x Sony RX100 with Gates housing
    • 1 x Sony HDR-CX190 with Marlin Marine housing
  • 6 x sets of underwater torches – orca torch 3000 – 5000 Lum
  • Full scuba kits including a full range of standard wetsuit sizes

Computers: Please bring your own laptop with a minimum of 4gb RAM. It must be pre-loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro OR, if you don’t want to buy that, then any other video professional level editing software that you usually use and know.

Can I cancel a booking once booked onto program?

Due to the number of applications received and limited places (maximum six participants), we unfortunately do not accept all applying participants. Therefore, we do not offer refunds on the deposits or full payments once they have been made. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we do allow rescheduling upto 14 days before your program begins for a small administrative fee.

Who owns the photos/video I collect?

All media (photographs, video etc.) collected by participants during a program will belong exclusively to the author thereof, i.e. you. All media collected can be used for portfolio and marketing purposes by Africa Media Academy.

Do I require a VISA?

Mozambique:

Yes. For Mozambique we ask that you get a 30 day single entry VISA and you must fly out within that time. Extensions can be done from within Mozambique if required. Cost of a one month VISA is approximately 90USD. If you have further questions then mail us as support@africa-media.org

South Africa:

Most nationalities gain a free three month visitors VISA on arrival to South Africa. However a few nationalities (e.g. India, China) require that VISA’s are pre-arranged prior to arrival in South Africa. Please check with the nearest South African embassy on the status for your nationality. If you have further questions then mail us on support@africa-media.org

Do I need insurance?

Yes. When you are accepted into this program, you agree to our liability, copyright documents, as well an agreement that you are knowingly partaking in potentially dangerous activities. You will not be covered for accidents or illnesses, so please do organize your own medical and health insurances. You may apply for a normal travel insurance policy. Chances that you will be injured by a marine predator are very slim if you follow the safety guidelines, and do not try anything foolish of which we would not approve. However, you will be working on a boat in conditions which can, on occasions, be less than comfortable. Accidents may occur, so it is important to be covered in case of an emergency or accident. Be sure to have an insurance cover for your entire stay in southern Africa. SCUBA divers, also need to be insured by the Divers Alert Network (DAN)

Do I need malaria medication?

Yes, but only for programs hosted in Mozambique and not for South Africa. You may also require yellow fever vaccinations for Mozambique. Check with your local travel clinic as this changes from time to time.

How much extra money should I bring?

The info provided in the costs section should give you a good foundation from which to work this out.  It is probable that you may wish to do a weekend trip or two, and many activities are available on such trips including diving with sharks for example. We recommend you have around $100 extra per weekend trip you wish to go on. Please note you do not have to go on ANY of these extra trips. This is simply for your information should you wish to. Please do not bring dollars to spend if possible, rather exchange and bring Rands. Please bring $100 for tips. We do not insist that you tip but if you are happy with the service our partners have given you then it is customary to tip the staff. At the end of each month your course director will take a ‘tip’ payment from each participant and this will be pooled and divided fairly between the staff- who we promise will be looking after you very well!

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