"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
E.E. Cummings


White Shark Projects is about more than shark diving South Africa. Our 21 staff members have a range of qualifications that enables them, as a team, to effectively co-ordinate activities around Great White Sharks which include:

  • service delivery
  • conservation
  • education
  • research

We are committed to working in harmony with our natural and social environment. The expectations of clients are met by excellent customer service, good value, and operational efficiency. Our crew and staff are distinguished by their functional and technical expertise, their hands-on experience and their passion for one of the ocean’s greatest predatory forces. Our knowledgeable and efficient boat crew operates with the benefit of 15 years’ experience in Great White Shark research, conservation and ecotourism.

Social development is as important to White Shark Projects as conserving the sharks and our marine environment. Without healthy development in local communities, our business is neither responsible nor sustainable. Our commitment to social upliftment goes further than providing equitable employment; it extends into the social fabric of the local Masekhane community. Read more about our community projects here.




Grant is one of our highly trained & experienced Skippers. He had his first shark cage dive nearly 20 years ago, and it completely changed his life. He left his pressured life as a paramedic for a more fulfilling life out on the sea, where he could be involved with the Great White Sharks every day. Grant believes that the only way to save these amazing creatures is through fostering greater awareness about them.


Gerald is our other professional Skipper and has undertaken over a 5 000 shark trips, yet he is still thrilled to spend every day out at sea. The sea is his passion and the best part of his job is seeing Great Whites. Even after so many years and thousands of sightings these creatures continue to amaze him. Introducing people to Great Whites and changing their perspective is what fuels his passion.


Mandla came to White Shark Projects quite by chance. He has found his niche working on the boat and with the sharks. He is a well-qualified shark handler and Dive Master. Mandla runs an educational programme with children from the local schools to create an awareness of marine life, and to educate the community about how important it is to conserve and respect it.


Lee is our latest recruit and even though he found his very first shark encounter a bit hair rising, Lee is now feeling more at ease. His favourite part of his job is meeting the clients. “We make the people happy by showing them the sharks and they make us happy by talking to us and asking questions.” White Shark Projects is happy to have Lee as our Videographer.


Benz is a bait-handler of note – taking great care and exercising precision in order to give our clients the best chance to meet a Great White Shark, literally, eye to eye. He has a flashy smile which rivals that of the Great White Shark. As a former lifesaver, Benz is an essential part of the Shark Team, putting your safety and satisfaction at the top of his priority list.


As our Maintenance Manager, Jerome knows how everything works and where everything is. You can always count on Jerome. He takes great pride in his role here at White Shark Projects, having chosen this job not just because of his love for the ocean, but also to have a job that his children can be proud of. His knowledge and kindness becomes evident the moment you meet him.


Our on-board Marine Biologist, Tom, is the man on board who will answer all those high-tech shark questions you have (that Shark Week just does not answer). He could swim before he could walk and has realized his childhood dream of working with sharks. He lives by the Confucius quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” He loves talking to clients and sharing his passion and knowledge with them.


Jessica is our Volunteer Co-Ordinator, bubbling with life and a passion for people and wildlife alike. Having studied Animal Welfare and fulfilling her traveling dreams, Jessica has participated in over 22 different conservation programmes across the globe. Jessica herself was once a volunteer with White Shark Projects and has first hand experience. With Jessica at the helm, we know our volunteers are in capable and compassionate hands.


Elizabeth, our Operational Manager is herself a scuba diver, successfully bringing together her respect and understanding of sharks and the ocean, with her managerial skills, ensuring our clients get the best possible experience – from the booking process right through. No effort is ever too much for her! “I love to go that extra sea-mile for people. I like helping people, doing my best to make a plan for them, to satisfy our clients, to solve a problem.”


Natasha is our Reservations Manager. She has just completed her Human Resource Management Course and is excitedly putting her new skills to practise. Natasha has been with White Shark Projects just over seven years and she loves the challenges of her position. She is always ready with a back-up plan and the best part of her day is when she has managed to assist all clients to get a seat on the Shark Team.


Sandy joined WSP in 2012 and loves it. She strives for cleanliness and happiness. She takes pride in keeping the Shark Team Crew House sparkling clean as well as keeping our clients smiling by looking after them pre- and post-sea. Sandy has braved two trips on the boat – the first time she was terrified of the sharks but on her second trip, she thoroughly enjoyed it and even went into the cage.


India has a smile the size of the Indian sub-continent and the most infectious laugh! She enjoys preparing good food for our clients and loves to hear all the compliments. India has noticed that there are quite a few differences in dietary preferences between different cultures and she enjoys the challenge of satisfying them all. Her speciality is the comforting soup that awaits our clients upon their return to shore.


Danny has been with White Shark Projects since 2009 and his service is professional and friendly – and you can hear his giggle from miles away. He strives to give his passengers the most comfortable drive, taking care of their needs along the way. He knows all the shortcuts and does his best to ensure you have a safe and pleasant journey all the way from your hotel to the White Shark Projects Lodge in Kleinbaai.


Nezaam is our serenading, door-opening and eager-to-please driver. His chauffeur service is par excellence and always executed with a smile. With his 70’s love songs and funky shades he will transport you safely whilst entertaining you with his conversation or singing. Nezaam takes the responsibility of safely transporting his passengers very seriously and aims to exceed the clients expectations.


Being General Manager of White Shark Projects is no arm-chair task, but Charmaine manages it with seamless precision. Her warm and approachable manner ensures that she has her crew’s loyalty and her unwavering leadership skills ensures that she has her crew’s trust. She sails this ship with confidence and ethics. Having been Chairperson of SATSA, Charmaine has invaluable knowledge of the Tourism trade, understanding what our clients seek and how to fulfil their wishes.


Juanita plays a pivotal role here at White Shark Projects. She is our online media guru, handling all social media and website related updates. Juanita has completed her SEO and Internet Marketing Course as well as a Joomla Website design training course. Juanita is also in charge of all the Volunteer Programme admin, which keeps her on her toes. She is efficient, professional, caring and very passionate about her role at White Shark Projects.

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