Marine Volunteer

Marine Dynamics
April 17, 2019
Gansbaai, South Africa
Closing date



Marine Dynamics has been at the heart of innovative research and conservation in Gansbaai, home of The Marine Big 5 and Great white shark capital of the world, for over fifteen years.

Through our partnership with The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, our work has facilitated a wider understanding of Southern Africa’s great white sharks, African penguin, cape fur seals, humpback dolphins and more. In doing so, we have connected hundreds of thousands of international tourists with not only these incredible marine species, but with the community which calls Gansbaai Home.

Marine Dynamics Academy is the central hub to all our skills-based training programs. We offer a series of initiatives which are informed and continuously updated by the feedback we receive from our Alumni, Academic Institutes and our various commercial partners.

Each program has been designed to ensure that regardless of who you are and where you’re from, we can help turn your passion for the marine environment into measurable, employable skills and knowledge.

Our Marine Volunteer program is designed to introduce you to a range of subjects and experiences, including eco-tourism, scientific research, community engagement and more. Above all else, our goal is to provide anyone who loves marine wildlife with an authentic South African experience. An experience which will change their lives and have a measurable impact on their futures.

Your Experience

You will be based at our Marine Volunteer Center with four cottages for volunteers and a house for interns. It is a shared sleeping arrangement. Bedding is provided and our water is safe to drink. All facilities have a mini kitchen, but most prefer to gather in the central kitchen with adjacent dining room and sitting room. There is a lecture room and work space as well as a pool where diving courses take place. There is an activity hall with weights and table tennis. Also enjoy a pool table and foosball and there is a variety of board games, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are available. The lodge is close to our base and whilst we have two mini buses that move volunteers daily, it is also an easy walk or cycle away. Recycling is a priority at the lodge.

Every day is different and depending on both the environment and our current research studies, will bring you opportunities to develop skills in areas unavailable anywhere else in the country.

You will support our eco-tourism team doing shark cage diving and whale watching and enjoy many opportunities to get up close and personal with the great white shark and bronze whaler sharks (copper sharks). You will also participate in all our conservation projects, assist with data capture and learn from our marine biologists through a series of talks on marine species.

Other Activities

In addition to your duties on the program, we encourage everyone to maximise their time in South Africa with a range of additional activities. Marine Dynamics itself hosts scuba diving, great white shark cage diving, whale watching tours and more.

On no sea days we may do any of the following excursions: Cape Agulhas / Danger Point Lighthouse / Wine tasting / Klipgat Caves / Zip lining, / Quad biking / Horse riding / visit to Panthera Africa / Stony Point penguin colony / Hiking / Kelp Diving

It is important to us, that every single person who joins Marine Dynamics Academy enjoys the most enriching, informative and authentically South African experience possible.


Many of our volunteers return year on year, some on to other programs while others move into marine-based career paths and Academic study. In every case, their time on the Marine Volunteer program has provided them with an invaluable, life-changing experience, helping to exceed their own expectations and life goals.

Programme fees for 2019 are available on request

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excursions - No sea days mean we get to explore local places, enjoying South African experiences.

Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers, Accommodation, Boat Time, Lectures, some branded clothing, Boots, Basic breakfast and lunch, A visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.


We accept applications all year round from anyone who wants to pursue their love of the marine environment. For students who are interested in furthering their field experience and enrichening their skill set, we advise viewing our Scientific Internship which is specialised around marine sciences.

Your Choice Makes A Difference.
Volunteer: Ph: +27 (0) 824595128

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