The outreach education program from our research unit introduces the wonders of the marine world to South African learners, local communities and our shark diving guests. 

Education Projects

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School Outreach Program

We conduct standardised biodiversity assessments on Aliwal Shoal to monitor the reef and its inhabitants using key indicator taxa

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Guest Education

Photo identification ‘mark recapture’ techniques are used to assess the population size and structure of  the shark species found there.

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As a PADI dive centre, we educate and introduce people to the underwater world through SCUBA and free diving training

Education partners

We partner with numerous local schools, clubs and conservancies as part of our ongoing outreach program. Dispelling myths about sharks and opening peoples eyes to the wonders of the marine environment.

Future ocean ambassadors

Shark Research Unit is dedicated to creating the next generation of ocean ambassadors. Through education outreach programs we can assist in opening the minds of learners to the wonders of the marine world.


The Shark Research Unit is a subsidiary of Blue Wilderness. Our core purpose is to conduct original shark research, conservation and education programs at Aliwal Shoal, South Africa.  We achieve these goals through collaborating with affiliated scientists and postgraduate students. 



  • 34 Egerton Road
  • Freeland Park
  • Scottburgh 4180
  • South Africa





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