Science Diver

Become Certified with Shark Academy

PADI CERTIFICATION

If you are interested in pursuing a career in marine science chances are you’ll be required to get into the water at some point. Being a certified diver has become a critical skill, even a requirement at some universities and institutes. The Shark Academy now offers professional dive training that teaches you to be more confident underwater as well as relevant in situ research techniques pertaining to the field of shark science.

  • From zero to hero – become a science diver, no matter your certification level.
  • We’re associated with PADI – the most recognized dive certification worldwide.
  • Follow our unique shark diving curriculum, developed for Southern Africa.
  • Seamlessly blend the science diver packages into your volunteer or intern program.
  • Start with the dive theory training from home before embarking on your adventure to South Africa.
PADI Certification

Become a certified diver

Take a course and up your skills

Join our sister company, The Shark Company, for exciting in-house scuba diving training or scuba diving expeditions. The Shark Company, based in the SASC Shark Lab, is a registered PADI Dive Centre and offers exceptional upskilling opportunities for volunteers and interns.

Scuba Diving Courses

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Freediving Courses

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 Specialty Courses

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Research Diver Training Program

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Join Our Dive Trips

Experience close encounters at The Shark Company with South Africa’s sharks. No cage. No risk. Many of these sharks are found nowhere else in the world. Benefit from our 20+ years of experience as Marine Biologists, shark scientists, and divers while supporting conservation.

SHARK SNORKELING EXPEDITIONS

Snorkel with South Africa’s sharks

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SHARK DIVING EXPEDITIONS

A unique scuba diving experience

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SHARK TAGGING EXPEDITIONS

The only ecotourism experience of its kind in South Africa

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SHARK LAB TOURS

Get up close to sharks in our lab

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Get Insurance

We take every precaution to ensure our dives are as safe as possible – for the divers and the sharks. As with every ocean-based activity, however, there is always a small risk involved. That’s why we kindly request all our divers present proof of insurance to cover any dive related incidents. Your insurance must be valid throughout your time with us if you are hoping to dive with the Shark Academy. If you already have insurance, great (please see that it explicitly covers scuba diving related accidents). If not, no problem! Thanks to DAN SA, you can become a temporary DAN member and get insurance for as long as you need it while you’re here!

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Get in Touch

How can we help you?

Fill out or contact form and ask any questions you may have. You can also view our FAQ section to see if some of your questions and answers are listed there.

We would love to hear from you and assist you in your journey to gain valuable knowledge and experience in marine conservation and South African marine eco-systems.