Shark Diver feedback - Kereshma Singh

Unfortunately there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding sharks which often causes society to view them with negativity.

Sharks Educational Institute is a wonderful way to spread much needed knowledge regarding the incredible shark species as well as the marine environment in general. The organisation is definitely doing a great job at creating awareness and reducing fear among the public. The contents and information shared during the training workshop was appropriate and simply explained which made it easy to learn and apply the tools. The small group size allowed for individual attention to be given when needed and also ensured everyone felt safe and included at all times. There was a good balance of theory and practical components and the use of videos and images complemented the discussions well.

Both Fernando and Manuela welcomed everyone with such warmth and wonderful energy that the passion for marine life and sharks spread with absolute ease. They were always willing to discuss any and all questions or concerns that the divers had. It was filled with fun and informative sessions which covered all necessary and important aspects. It was a well organised workshop that had alot of great things to offer regardless of the age or experience of the divers.

As a diver who had very basic knowledge regarding sharks, I felt that the simplicity of the presentations and discussions were extremely helpful. Learning about the role of sharks in the environment as apex predators was incredibly interesting. Understanding how they contribute in keeping a healthy ecosystem was something I previously knew very little about. I think this type of education and information is a powerful tool which I can now use to help combat the poor perception of sharks that exists community.

I really enjoyed the practical application sessions. It was thrilling to not only look and appreciate sharks for their majestic beauty but also to feel sufficiently equipped with knowledge thereby allowing me to observe them much more closely with renewed intention and purpose. Learning about the specifics to observe as well as techniques for recording data was a lot of fun. This workshop has created more meaning to appreciating everything that you observe in a shark.

Learning about their habits and behaviour including techniques to use during an encounter was insightful. It adds value to the competence and confidence of a diver.

I am truly grateful to SEI for creating this fantastic opportunity. This workshop has certainly broadened my understanding and appreciation of these beautiful characters. In addition, I have gained vital skills and techniques which brings more joy to my diving. And I feel much more confident in sharing my new found knowledge and helping to create awareness about these magnificent creatures.

Shark Diver feedback - Nouran Amer

Being a relatively new diver and never having encountered sharks while diving before, I was very excited about the shark diving workshop with the Sharks Educational Institute. I liked how it was organised, as it involved so much more than just a briefing and the dives as one might expect.

The workshop involved an extensive, very interesting theoretical component which taught us so much about sharks in general and about the blacktip reef sharks in specific. It also involved a nice mix between theory, scientific evidence, beautiful underwater films and practical information for safer shark encounters.

I feel more confident to raise awareness and discuss with friends and family why we need to change our fearful perception of sharks, and why these magnificent creatures are actually the ones who need our help.

The most important aspect I've learned during this workshop is to understand the behaviour of sharks and consequently how to react, in order to be able to predict their actions and be safer in their natural habitat. When you understand how a shy species like the blacktip reef sharks act when they sense our presence underwater, you adjust your own behaviour hoping to spot them and enjoy diving with them. But more importantly, when you understand what bigger, more confident species think about when they encounter us humans, you are in a much better position to not only feel safe, but to act more wisely and more responsibly when they approach you or approach another diver.

One statement I easily remember from Fernando is that "sharks do not know human" - indeed they are not interested in us humans, and as long as we can respect their natural habitat, and act responsibly underwater, shark diving will be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone. 

Shark Diver feedback - Rob Buurveld

The shark diving workshop was well organised and the two days were sufficient to cover the content. There was a good balance between the classroom and practical parts. The classroom sessions were well structured and supported by the training materials. Both the SEI instructors and the dive leaders were knowledgeable, professional and above all passionate, something that made the workshop not only informative but also enjoyable.

What I liked about the workshop was how we started with the classroom session before we went for the first dives. This made me notice much more about the anatomy of the shark, things I would probably have missed without the information given in the classroom session. In the same way I liked how we closed the workshop with a classroom session to review what we saw during the dives and to gain more knowledge on dealing with sharks in general. In some workshops it’s all about the practical and the theory is more an afterthought but this workshop had the right balance between classroom and diving.

I liked the passion with which the workshop was delivered, this made me more aware of sharks and wanting to learn more about them going forward.

Shark Diver feedback - Peter Mainka

Sharks Education is very much needed as there is a lot of wrong understanding or missing information about sharks and their important role in the biological balancing system.


The training of Sharks Educational Institute is helping to get right and important information about sharks in general and specific. (In my case about Blacktip Reef Sharks and Arabian Bamboo Sharks.)


The specific information was helping to approach, identify and measure the sharks species and gender.


It is important to know the role of sharks in the ecosystem (food-chain or pyramid marine healthy control). As well as the habits of sharks (not being the killer-machine which likes to eat humans). Although some have targets where humans can be easily mixed up. It is good to know how to behave with sharks around. (When you run away from a dog it will follow you and bite.)


Generally to get awareness from students I tell them that: Nature does not need us humans, when we extinct ourselves the nature will continue without us. We should try to keep the balance so it will continue to be comfortable for ourselves.

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Our Shark Diver Xander Russell receives his Certificate presented by Fernando Reis, Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Our Shark Diver Torrin Resch receives his Certificate presented by Manuela Domingues, Image Officer of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Our Shark Diver Sibylle Blumenthal receives her Certificate presented by Manuela Domingues, Image Officer of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Our Shark Diver Rob Buurveld receives his Certificate presented by Manuela Domingues, Image Officer of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Our Shark Diver Peter Mainka receives his Certificate presented by Manuela Domingues, Image Officer of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

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Our Shark Diver Kathleen Russell receives her Certificate presented by Fernando Reis, Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing the Bamboo Shark Diving workshop held January 2018 at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi Hotel.

2018 UAE Shark Diving Workshops

Each Diving Workshop was comprised of a brief theoretical introduction to each specific shark species, their biology, ecology, and their behaviours, followed by a set of four dives with the species. The participants were able to identify different shark behaviours and make use of the shark diving techniques taught.

These kind of Shark Diving Workshops have been specially designed and oriented to increase the knowledge and environmental awareness of all divers interested in the conservation of our natural oceanic world.

The activities performed during the Sharks Educational Institute workshop are based on a variety of techniques and experiences, developed in the eld of marine education and conservation, targeting the importance of sharks within the marine ecosystems. 

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Our new Shark Diver Nouran Amer receives her Certificate presented by Fernando Reis, Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing her Blacktip Shark Reef Diving workshop.

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Our new Shark Diver Kereshma Singh receives her Certificate presented by Fernando Reis, Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing her Blacktip Shark Reef Diving workshop.

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Our new Shark Diver Adam Alswed receives his Certificate presented by Kayleigh Hyslop, Shark Diving Adviser of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing his Blacktip Shark Reef Diving workshop.

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Our new Shark Diver Valerie Hikey receives her Certificate presented by Fernando Reis, Executive Director of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing her Blacktip Shark Reef Diving workshop.

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Our new Shark Diver Peter Mainka receives his Certificate presented by Kayleigh Hyslop, Shark Diving Adviser of the Sharks Educational Institute, after successfully completing his Blacktip Shark Reef Diving workshop.