MARINE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Kick your shoes off for a few weeks and have the experience of a lifetime!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Picture this... Wake up in a tropical paradise (right here in South Africa) every morning to the sound of nature. Put on your costume and grab your beach towel. Drive through a tunnel of trees in a safari truck to the beach. Roll back off a boat into the warm Indian Ocean and feel yourself weightless, breathing underwater. Find yourself surrounded by the most amazing creatures and colourful corals. During this incredible dive take photos of manta rays, ragged-tooth sharks, turtles, whales and nudibranchs to contribute to international marine conservation research. 

 

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Included in the cost is one to two dives a day, Monday to Friday, but volunteers can buy extra dive packages. After our morning dive volunteers can either do a second dive, relax on the beach or grab a Local Special to eat from the beach kiosk. We then head back to the camp to freshen up and enter any data we collected into the database. Deep Blue offers Marine Lectures so volunteers can learn more about the ocean and marine conservation, these lectures are short and casual. Volunteers also get a certificate at the end of their stay to say they have completed the lecture series, this can be added to their CV.

Once database and lectures are done volunteers are free to relax at the camp or go exploring in town. Volunteers can then head out for sundowners at a local view point or have a braai (barbecue) at the camp's fire area. During weekends there are more trips, these can either be overnight trips to Kosi Bay or a trip to Lake Sibaya to watch the hippos and have drinks by the water.

 

Sodwana Bay is a small rural town but there are loads of incredible things to keep volunteers busy.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • PADI Open Water course (If you're already a diver you can do your Advanced Open Water or do the 2 week program without a dive course).

  • All required dive training manuals.

  • 1-2 dives a day, Monday to Friday.

  • Hard gear rental (BCD, regulator, cylinder and weight belt).

  • Transport to and from the Richards Bay Airport.

  • Transport to and from the Sodwana Bay beach as well as around Sodwana.

  • Gate fees into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (excluding weekends).

  • Food (Each week volunteers buy food at the Spar and prepare their own food in the shared kitchen).

  • Accommodation.

  • Marine lectures and certificate.

  • Recommendation letter.

 
 
PROGRAM COSTS

Please contact us for a quote!

Adventures are always better with your dive buddies! Contact us for information about discounts on groups larger than 3 people.

HOW TO APPLY

VOLUNTEER INFO PACK

 
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