White Shark Internship

Go Dive Internship
Work with White Sharks

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to anyone with a real interest in sharks and a healthy passion for marine life. No previous diving, research or conservation experience is necessary and training in those fields will be provided.  We will teach you how to explore, understand and protect our beautiful oceans.

The internship will help you get the most out of your diving career, developing you into a safe, confident leader. If leading dives, aiding in underwater research projects, and working with White Sharks sounds good, this is the internship for you.

 Anyone studying Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, Eco-tourism, Animal Husbandry, Marine Filming, etc., will find the program particularly beneficial towards their goals.

This life changing experience will ultimately enhance your CV/resume. We will provide you with reference letters, do our part in helping you obtain college credit, and introduce you to a network of marine professionals from around the world.

 
If diving is not for you or you are already qualified, you can trade out your SCUBA courses for more time on the other projects.

1 Month Intern

  • Great White cage diving and viewing
  • Open Water and Advanced SCUBA courses
  •  Skippers training
  • Research projects
  • Conservation projects
  • Cage diving crew experience
  • Seabird & Penguin rehabilitation experience 
  • Beach Cleans and Clean-up dives
  • Sustainable fishing techniques 
                         Download the Brochure
Cage diving tour
Shark Diving

2 Month Intern

  • Great White cage diving and viewing
  • Open Water and Advanced SCUBA courses
  • RescueNitroxMaster Diver SCUBA courses
  •  Skippers training
  • Research projects
  • Conservation projects
  • Cage diving crew experience
  • Seabird & Penguin rehabilitation experience 
  • Beach Cleans and Clean-up dives
  • Sustainable fishing techniques 

                         Download the Brochure

3 Month Intern

  • Great White cage diving and viewing
  • Open Water and Advanced SCUBA courses
  • RescueNitrox, Master Diver SCUBA courses
  • Divemaster Training and Qualification
  •  Skippers training
  • Research projects
  • Conservation projects
  • Cage diving crew experience
  • Seabird & Penguin rehabilitation experience 
  • Beach Cleans and Clean-up dives
  • Sustainable fishing techniques 

                          Download the Brochure

Dive Master Program

Some fun in the sun with past interns

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Clothing

  • Work clothes. Bring what you are comfortable in, but ensure that you have warm, strong work clothing, solid work shoes such as hiking boots or trainers, a good sun hat with a wide brim and a warm hat/beanie. Gloves can be helpful for early mornings. Bring a tracksuit or something similar to lounge around in during the evenings, which can get cold. Also, face buffs help keep off the cold in the evenings.
  • Social clothes. Mossel Bay is a small town, so social clothing should reflect a casual, non-formal style.
  • A swimming costume.

 Video and electronic gear

You are more than welcome to bring any personal videography or photographic equipment, however, this is totally optional. 

Miscellaneous 

  • Covid negative test results
  • Toiletries &  strong sunscreen (there are also plenty of shops to purchase from).
  • Prescription medication.
  • Passport & photocopy of passport.
  • Bank cards (inform your bank of your travels).
  • Spare cash.
  • Phone & cables.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Go Dive address – 7 Kloof Street, Mossel Bay.

No, we are far from Malaria areas, and there are no strange African diseases which you could pick up (that is if you respect the same safety rules as anywhere else in the world).

Yes. When you are accepted into this internship program, you will have to sign 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 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 in an ocean environment which can result in accidents. 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.

 

 

 

The program is open to anyone but the following people will find it most rewarding.

  • People with a passion for sharks and the ocean
  • People looking make a career in the SCUBA industry
  • Anyone studying Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, Marine Tourism, Animal Husbandry, Marine Filming etc
  • People with a conservation background, who would like to help remove the bad stigma attached to White Sharks due to negative media. 
  • Gap year students

Due to the number of applications we receive and the limited space on our boats, we unfortunately do not accept all students. 

We request that a non-refundable deposit of 500 USD be paid to confirm your place on the internship as soon as you are accepted. The remaining fee must be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival in South Africa. Once either of these two amounts are paid, your spots are booked and no refunds will be given. Due to COVID restrictions, you will be allowed the opportunity to move your trip to an alternate date.  

You need no prior experience to join the program and the following training will be provided .

  • Boat Crew duties
  • Public Speaking
  • Fin ID data collection
  • SCUBA training for the courses selected
  • Skippers training and boat handling skills
  • SCUBA compressor operation
  • SCUBA retail 
  • SCUBA gear maintenance
  • Reef Surveys
  • Clean-up dives
  • Penguin rehab 

No, You may participate in the program as a non diver by trading out SCUBA dives and training for more time doing other projects but we strongly encourage you to give SCUBA a try if you are medically fit to do so.

Travel arrangements must be made form your home to George airport. A member from Go Dive will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the  Intern house. Travel transfers must occur on the 1st of each month.

You will board with fellow Interns at the shared accommodation at 7 Kloof Street in Mossel Bay.

The 3 rooms are basic dorm style with 4 bunk beds in each room. There are 2 bathrooms in the house with an addition 2 available next door in the dive center.

There is a shared communal kitchen and lounge and the house has free WIFI.

The internship participation is for between 1 month and 3 months depending on what SCUBA courses you select but the option is available for longer stays. New intake and departures occur at the start of each new months.

What does the course fee include? 

  • Accommodation
  • Practical Training
  • Cage diving expeditions
  • Research expeditions,
  • Travel to/from George Airport
  • WIFI (medium speed).
  • SCUBA Theory and Practical Training

What does the course fee exclude?

  • Meals
  • Laundry 
  • Tourism excursions, 
  • International and domestic flights.

International travel to and from South Africa is allowed, subject to health and safety protocols. We’ve put together some must-know information to help prepare you for your trip.

South Africa is currently fluctuates between Level 1 and 3 lockdown. What this means is:

  • Curfew from around 12pm – 4am
  • There are restrictions on what days alcohol is available.
  • Social distancing regulations must be adhered to 

Before you book your flight

– Be sure to read the terms & conditions of your flight booking. Ensure that you can reschedule your flight at no additional cost in the event of borders closing.
– Travel insurance, to cover Covid-19 related risks, is highly recommended. 
– We suggest self quarantine for at least 10 days prior to getting your PCR/Covid test and remaining in quarantine until your flight.  
– Be sure to plan when and where to get your PCR/Covid test, keeping in mind the turnaround time required to receive your results. 

Airport arrival and check-in

– We suggest arriving at least 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3-4 hours early for international flights.
– We recommend that you check-in online, prior to departure (to minimize contact, queues and waiting time).
– Only passengers are allowed to enter the airport, no visitors will be allowed entry.
– Expect maximum safety protocols to be applied throughout your journey.
– Wearing a face mask is mandatory, failing to do so is considered a criminal offence.

 

International entry requirements into South Africa

  • Valid passport and E-Ticket
  • Visa to enter South Africa (if applicable)
  • Upon arrival into South Africa, all travelers must present a negative PCR or Covid-19 test certificate not older than 72 hours from departure time from the country of origin. Tests must be conducted and signed by a certified medical practitioner. South African authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of test certificates.
  • Any traveler who exhibits Covid-19 symptoms when screened upon arrival, will be required to take a Covid-19 test at their own expense.  Should the test display positive results, travelers will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.
  • All travelers must complete an Entry Health Screen Form either prior to or on arrival.
  • All travelers will be screened by Port Health Officials upon arrival and departure. Those presenting symptoms must remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is carried out.
  • Travelers must show proof of accommodation or address in South Africa in the event self-quarantine is required.
  • The following airports are open for international travel: OR Tambo in Johannesburg, King Shaka in Durban and Cape Town International Airport.
  • Travelers are encouraged to install the COVID Alert SA mobile app.

Exit requirements from South Africa

  • Valid passport and E-Ticket
  • Valid visa for arrival destination (if applicable)
  • Quarantine arrangements upon arrival (if applicable)
  • Any additional documents required for entry into your destination or transit country
  • Completed Exit Health Form
  • Travel insurance to cover Covid-19 related risks (highly recommended)
  • Always check entry requirements at your arrival destination (visas, PCR tests, any additional requirements).
  • All minor children (under the age of 18 years old), travelling through any South African port of entry, must have an unabridged birth certificate or an equivalent document. If a child is accompanied by only one parent, then a parental consent letter is needed, including a copy of the passport and contact details of the absent parent.
  • South Africa does not require a negative PCR test for departure, unless it is required by the country you’re travelling to. Certain countries require negative PCR when transiting through them.
  • Participants can phone and book an appointment for a PCR test with Pathcare in Mossel Bay +27 44 691 1399

– The Traveler Exit Health Form must be completed for all international travel from South Africa before your arrival at the airport. Failure to produce this form may result in denied boarding, resulting in your ticket being non-refundable.

**Please note that all information on this page is accurate and reliable at the time of publication, however, it may not reflect the very latest updates on travel bans and restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of the traveller to stay updated on the latest travel regulations.

Find more travel information on South Africa’s government website here: SA Government FAQ

No. You will not be employed by Go Dive or White Shark Africa nor paid. On this internship you are entitled to enter on a temporary visitors permit (e.g. tourism permit). Tourist visiting visas are usually issued for three months/90 days upon entry in South Africa at the airport. If you plan to travel in South Africa prior or after the course for a period extending 90 days, you will have to apply for a Volunteer VISA application through your home embassy.