Diving Courses & Internships
Aliwal Shoal’s diverse conditions and marine life makes it the ideal place to start Diving Courses and Internships enhance your skills.
On this particular dive, Florian was doing his Open Water Course and his girlfriend Annike her Advanced Course. With us was Duan, 16 years old grooming for when he’s 18 to do Dive Master Course by currently doing the Dive Master Experience phase. Kayla, holding the bouyline is also doing Dive Master Experience in prep for taking on the Dive Master Course. Meanwhile Schalk, nearly done with Dive Master Course is on a baited shark snorkel with Tiger Sharks. (Although, he brought back no footage as proof)
Hawks bill Turtles are not uncommon on our dives. Belonging to the same family as leatherbacks, green turtles, Oliver Ridley turtles, and Loggerheads. Their life span is up to 80 years and they lay up to 200 hundred eggs in up to 8 batches per season. Only 0,2% make it to adulthood. They feed off corals, sponges, crustaceans, mollusks and jellyfish (which they often mistake plastic bags for, subsequently killing them.
Boxfish, found in temperate waters worldwide, belong to the same family as pufferfish and cowfish. In this instance, we’re looking at a male, identified by the colour, yellow, and the female box fish being blue. They feed off crustaceans, sea squirts, sponges, soft corals, and algae.
Porcupine Fish, also found in temperate waters around the globe, can inflate their bodies by gulping water when under threat. Some species pines can be venomous. They feed off urchins, mollusks, sponges, and crabs. The maximum size is around 90 cm with an average of 35 cm long.
Ragged Tooth Sharks, also known as Spotted Sand Tigers or Grey Nurse Sharks, migrate to and from Aliwal Shoal Annually during the winter months mainly. Averaging in size between 2,5 and 3,2m and can weigh up to 160 kgs. These sharks are only aggressive when provoked. They have a generally passive demeanour. They are the only shark known to gulp air to maintain neutral buoyancy and also the only shark to exhibit intrauterine cannibalism (eating of its siblings in the womb). 2, fully developed pups are born per pregnant female. These sharks are ovoviviparous (producing young by means of eggs that are hatched within the body of the parent).
You can be a part of these awesome experiences by booking your Diving Courses & Internships.