Marine Conservation and field biology field course in Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape RADD facilitates Marine biology field courses for early career scientists and conservationists who want to learn more about the marine environment, conservation and research through hands on field experience and diver development. Our courses include training in multiple data collection and field operation techniques on SCUBA and Freediving and theoretical workshops from field biologists and dive experts through a module based curriculum.
Join an international team of marine biologists and dive professionals on field expeditions and survey dives. This marine conservation field course focuses on temperate ecology and teaches diverse sampling techniques. Learn through hands on experience methods of measuring biodiversity and the skills to analyze the data to get the full experience as a field biologist. Dive in the incredible Kelp forests and develop new skills which will be invaluable in your career as a marine scientist.
Cape RADD is a marine research centre based in the beautiful region of False Bay on the Cape peninsula. This is a renowned area of natural beauty and a biodiversity hotspot. This temperate region with an incredible and unique ecosystem is home to the African sea forests and an amazing array of marine species.
The research projects you will be involved in at Cape RADD are contributed to open source datasets in collaboration with other academic institutes and organizations. You will also be involved in community outreach programs where you will learn about scientific communication skills, marine waste education and conservation awareness programs and much more.
Stop counting your dives and make your dives count!
Please note, this program offers a two week option and a four week option. If you would like to plan for a longer stay just let our team know and we can assist.
Highlights + Modules Include:
Throughout this experience you will learn and develop your dive skills and conducting field work in the mesmerizing kelp forests of the Cape peninsula, a marine biodiversity hotspot located on the boarder of two bioregions along the southern African coast.
Get direct mentorship from experienced field biologists who will teach and support you through a thoroughly engaging, challenging and fun field course which by then end of you will be much more competent in a number of field skills, your SCUBA diving ability as well as the theoretical knowledge to support your scientific development.
Meet the locals, experience our South African school education and community outreach.
Gain incredible insight as to what it is like to be a field biologist and apply the skills taught. Experience the marine environment like never before with the chance to see the Marine BIG 5 and dive in a number of habitats.
- White shark population estimate modelling
- Kelp forest ecology and systems
- Scientific diving techniques and sampling methods
- Measuring Biodiversity
- Fish + shark Identification workshop and biological knowledge
- Introduction and advance workshops in R and GIS
- Design and application of a research project
PLUS much more
Field Course fees include:
- All diving equipment hire and boat expeditions
- Accommodation (self-catered)
- Transport between headquarters and accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Cape RADD tuition and workshops
- Marine Protected area dive permits
- Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses
- SCUBA diving and snorkeling/freediving is a major part of this field course and therefore applicants will need a minimum qualification of Open Water
- SCUBA diving certification. There will be opportunity to further develop your SCUBA qualification is requested.
How Do I Apply?