Typical Working Days for Volunteers of the Baywatch Project

Volunteers will be required to assist with the day to day runnings of Raggy Charters, including data recording during cruises, as well as current research projects as previously mentioned.


If volunteers prefer a more structured approach, the following is available:


A typical lecture day:

08h00 - 08h30 = Breakfast

08h30 - 10h30 = Morning session

10h30 - 10h45 = Tea break

10h45 - 13h00 = Morning session

13h00 - 14h00 = Lunch

14h00 - 15h30 = Afternoon session

15h30 - 15h45 = Tea break

15h45 - 16h30 = Afternoon session

16h30 - 18h00 = Free time

18h00 - 19h00 = Evening meal


In addition to what the guest lecturers will cover, the following topics will also be presented:

  • The Physical Marine Environment: introduction, waves, major South African currents, rip currents, upwelling, sediment transport, tides, and changes in sea level.
  • Rocky Shores: the marine environment, geographic distribution of animals along our coastline, wave action and intertidal communities, effects of tides, biological interactions, food and space, zonation, and exploitation by man and pollution.
  • The Ecology of Sandy Beaches: introduction, physical conditions, the interstitial system, macro fauna, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and food webs.
  • Estuarine Ecology: evolution of estuaries, physical processes in estuaries, biological processes in estuaries, and ecology of selected species.
  • Coastal Conservation: the philosophy of coastal conservation, reserves, the management of exploited species, and the management of recreational activities.
  • Cetaceans: evolution of different species, anatomy, behaviour, identifying individuals, the different species found throughout the world's oceans, their migration routes and why they do it, feeding strategies, reproduction, cow-calf relationships, strandings, hunting, how to approach them while at sea, and marine regulations.
  • General Marine Life: sponges, cnidarians, worms, crustaceans, bryozoans, molluscs, echinoderms, ascidians, sharks and rays, bony fish, reptiles, coastal birds, and seaweeds.


A typical practical session:

08h00 - 08h30 = Breakfast

08h30 - 13h00 = Morning practical

13h00 - 14h00 = Lunch (Buy out or packed picnic)

14h00 - 16h30 = Afternoon practical

16h30 - 18h00 = Free time

18h00 - 19h00 = Evening meal


A typical boat day:

07h00 - 07h30 = Breakfast

07h30 - 08h30 = Travel to Yacht Club/Boat Preparation

08h30 - 08h45 = Welcome briefing and orientation of guests

08h45 - 09h00 = Safety briefing and harbour cruise

09h00 - 12h00 = Penguin Island/Whale Watching cruise

12h00 - 13h00 = Clean boat, restock and record observations

13h00 - 14h00 = Crew lunch at Yacht Club

14h00 - 16h30 = Marketing or other activities

16h30 - 18h00 = Free time

18h00 - 19h00 = Evening meal


Volunteers will eventually all be expected to participate in the various briefings and talks to tourists on the boat. They will also be taught the basics of boat handling and be expected to drive the boat on occasion. They will also be expected to undertake some pro-active marketing and make constructive suggestions to improving our marketing strategy.



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