Marine Conservation in South Africa

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Marine Conservation in South Africa

from £1,195
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Learn to dive or improve whilst contributing to whale shark, turtle and manta ray research in Sodwana Bay; one of the world’s prime dive locations.
Summary

Marine Conservation in South Africa

Volunteers assist with several research projects within the marine park, these may include:

- Reef surveys
- Data collection on megafauna populations
- Whale shark identification
- Turtle and manta ray monitoring
- Uploading photographs of individual sightings to global or regional databases
- Contributing to Citizen Science ID databases

If you are a beginner diver you will be given your PADI Open Water training during your first week. Qualified Open Water divers are given the opportunity to complete a PADI Advanced Open Water course, or depending on the length of your stay, choose from a range of dive speciality courses (e.g. Deep Diver, Nitrox, Peak Performance Buoyancy, etc) or the Rescue Diver course.

The project’s primary objective is to monitor the fauna and flora of Sodwana Bay, part of the iSamangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The project collects biodiversity data and monitors species distribution on the reef. This data is fed into global and regional databases and aims to identify the migratory patterns and population densities of megafauna. Turtles, rays, sharks and groupers make up the majority the research, which focuses on whether environmental conditions affect sighting rates. As well as this, volunteers record sightings of endemic, iconic and rarely seen species.

Sodwana Bay is one of the world’s prime dive locations and its world-renowned coral reefs are frequently rated in the top five global dive destinations.


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Price details:

from £1,195

Savings:

£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one Pod Volunteer project!

Representative:

All the time

This placement would suit:

Anyone with a passion for diving and marine conservation

Do you accept non UK citizens?

Yes

Feedback:

“I really love the atmosphere in Sodwana, everything and everybody is chilled and laid back.  I made some awesome friends here.  I had the best time ever!”

“I liked the different lectures and presentations which convinced me to become a marine biologist.  I also had loads of fun!”

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