Durban - Nine talented young filmmakers embarked on the experience of a lifetime – a six day introduction to scuba diving and underwater film making at iSimangaliso’s Sodwana Bay.
Hosted by the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress in partnership with RAID South Africa, the invitation was put out to young South Africans with a background in filmmaking and passion for the protection of our natural world. Out of 130 applicants, eight South Africans were selected, plus one young man from Zambia who blew the selectors away with his unbridled enthusiasm.
Over five days, the group of six women and three men were coached to acquire their Open Water 1 scuba qualification by iSimangaliso licensed operator Adventure Mania. They also became intimately acquainted with parts of the World Heritage Site: Witnessing endangered turtles hatching from their beach nests at night; seeing big game and tracking wild dogs in the uMkhuze section, and getting up close to hippos and crocodiles in the Lake St Lucia Estuary.
Their filmmaking skills were cranked up under the tutelage of award winning filmmakers Grant Brokensha and Candice Odgers of The Bigger Picture, and to add the cherry on top, they formed lifelong friendships.