PADI Great White Shark Awareness Specialty South Africa
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White Shark Awareness Distinctive Specialty Diver Course. A unique educational shark safari leading to a not too common PADI certifcation.

One of the most respected creatures on Earth, this is the essential super shark in both complexity and reputation yet, as you will learn, it has astonishingly interesting social structures and intra specific behavioral characteristics.

The Western Cape provides an ideal setting for frequent encounters and opportunities to study the great white shark, drawing international researchers, documentary film crews and avid shark divers to learn more about the largest predatory fish on the planet. Being the social animal that it is, we directly observe the predatory behavior of the great white shark around the renowned Seal Island. This is followed by in-water sessions learning about its prey, the Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), and also a number of cage dives to get a close-up acquaintance with the shark.

In this course, led by a marine scientist specializing in sharks, we separate fact from fiction and assemble the latest findings in white shark research. The lectures are peppered with fascinating information in addition to great white shark trivia that you guaranteed didn't already know. Upon successfully completing a minimum of three intense days of studying white shark biology you will be awarded the not too common White Shark Awareness Diver Distinctive Specialty certification, issued by PADI.

The goals of the White Shark Awareness Diver Distinctive Specialty Course are:

* To increase knowledge of the great white shark, its conservation status, ecology and distribution, population biology, behavior, and to dispel public misconceptions about the species by analyzing factual information.

* To make you able to plan and attend organized diving with white sharks in a safe and environmentally sensible manner.

* To have you appreciate the white shark as an ecologically important species and introduce means with which you can get involved in research and conservation efforts.

The White Shark Specialty course consists of knowledge development sessions, an excursion to study white shark predation at Seal Island, a minimum of one scuba dive and shark cage diving to get real close to the species.

The following is a typical schedule for the course but depending on weather and logistics the itinerary may vary:

Day 1: Check in at hotel followed by registration and first lecture.

Day 2: Early start for the morning excursion to Seal Island where we study the white sharks' predatory behavior on Cape fur seals followed by a dive at a seal colony.

Day 3: We try get a closer look at the white sharks from the safety of a cage. Lecture on white shark in the afternoon.

Day 4: Last day of field work and diving. Thereafter certification and transfer back to Cape Town.

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Price: R16500 (USD 1490)

Price includes:
PADI White Shark Awareness Diver certification.
All accommodation with breakfast.
Excursion to Seal Island.
Course materials.
All airport transfers.
Scuba diving with seals.
Two days of cage diving.
SCUBA gear rental.

Price is based on a minimum number of participants.

Price excludes:

Tips and gratuities.
Meals other than speciefied above.

Prerequisite: At least an entry-level diving certificate such as "Open Water Diver" or equvialent.
The certification qualifies as one of five specialties required for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certication.

Observing the white shark from within a shark cage is an unforgettable experience and the optimal diving method we use during the Great White Shark Awareness Diver Distinctive Specialty Course.
Fin printing is one method of making an estimate of the population size of white sharks.

How to book:

Contact us for a booking form and we will send you a proforma invoice along with the necessary registration forms.

How to pay:
Payment can either be done by electronic money transfer or cash.

Please make sure to read our Terms & Conditions.

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