Our love and passion for the oceans drives our desire to conserve the underwater environment so that future generations can experience the same wonder that we have discovered.


An intense curiosity for understanding the inner workings of our ecosystem has led us down a path of academia. We study our oceans to better understand how to conserve them.


Above all else, we are driven by excitement and thrill. There is no better way to stimulate passion than to fill our days with adventure.

Cape RADD is a marine field station that serves as a platform for researchers in the False Bay area of Cape Town. We specialise in projects that monitor and investigate the biodiversity of a global hotspot home to more than 3500 endemic marine species. We aim to better understand our world by using a variety of techniques including transects, quadrats, remote underwater video and mark-recapture, with a particular focus on approaches that utilise citizen science. At the core of our values is passing on our expertise to early career scientists and those with a passion for the ocean.


Cape RADD Hooded Poncho-Towel

Hooded microfibre poncho-towel.

Cape RADD Cap

Navy cap with embroidered Cape RADD logo.

Cape RADD T-Shirt

White Cape RADD T-Shirt with navy printed logo on front and back.

What our students say

Cape RADD intern Amanda

Amanda Gardiner

University of Washington

"I had never actually been out in the field doing field research. I had done stuff in labs and in classes, but I never had hands on experience, so I saw the Cape RADD field course as a perfect opportunity not only to dive but to actually learn how to take data in the field, learn how to ID animals. It turned out to be all of that and so much more... We got to dive a variety of environments, reef to kelp forests to urchin barrens...
It was so amazing because every day I got in the water, I just knew that was what I wanted to do, I just got happier everyday that I went diving..."

Cape RADD volunteer Courtney

Courtney Luing

University of Wisconsin

“I found out about this course through my advisor and I am so happy that I did because I really enjoyed it...
I got to hone in on my SCUBA diving skills and I got to learn a lot about researching in the field...”

Cape RADD student Anne

Anne-Sophie Roux

My Coral Garden

"I wanted to come to Cape RADD to gain more experience in marine sampling techniques, and to discover new ecosystems that I didn’t know anything about and improve my diving skills. I think its mission accomplished for it all.
I would advise anyone to come to Cape RADD.”


Snorkelling with cape fur seals

Endemic to south Africa, roughly 2 million cape fur seals can be found residing in large colonies along the coastlines from the southern tip of Angola, Namibia and all along South Africa. They inhabit secluded Read more…


Sharks have been portrayed as monsters by the media over the years, as vicious mindless man-eaters, but this is simply not the truth. Promoting fear of sharks is dangerous not only for the species but Read more…

The Great African Sea Forest

The Great African Sea Forest is one of the most important ecosystems found in South Africa’s coastal waters. It is one of the worlds only kelp forests that are still continuously expanding. Kelp forests are Read more…

Biodiversity of False Bay

False bay is home to a variety of diverse species. From sharks, whales, dolphins and seals to smaller fish, octopus, star fish, and nudibranchs. The vast amount of life that can be observed here is Read more…

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117 St. George's St.
Simon's Town, Cape Town
South Africa, 7995

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+27 62 331 7530 

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