Science and exploration belong to everyone.
Argonaut Science offers consulting, research, citizen science and science education services, courses and experiences.
Freediving and water confidence courses
We have been teaching water skills and running PADI-accredited freediving and Emergency First Response courses in Cape Town and Durban! As scientists we have found our freediver training to be extremely useful. Aside from holistically learning more about ourselves through breathwork and immersion, we can be more inclusive of others, observe the marine environment with minimal impacts and disturbance, all of this while maintain a high standard of safety. You can read more about it here.
Field guided tours and experiences
After some serious effort and hurdle-jumping, we have officially been registered as South African Tour Guides. It is not only necessary but also important to us that we run our business according to legal standards to ensure we are offering the best in terms of knowledge and safety. Taking into account COVID-19 restrictions, we are slowly starting to offer our really cool scientist-led marine field trips and citizen science practical experiences! You can find out more here.
Innovative device for seabird conservation
We have developed a prototype device for fisheries best-practices compliance monitoring. The Imvelo Birds Scaring Line (BSL) Monitoring Device even made the fishing industry news! Click here for the news article. We have come a long way since our first prototype. Nelson is pictured above with Musa Mbili, the observer who helped deploy the device for the first time. Click here for more info on this collaboration with Imvelo Blue Environmental Consultancy.