Volunteers

Heartfelt thanks from the bottom of Elliot Bay!

From the bottom of their cold-blooded hearts, the fish and marine creatures of Puget Sound thank you for your interest in sharing their stories and teaching people to protect them. The Seattle Aquarium couldn't do it without people like you.

Divers

Exhibit interpretation is a task shared by all volunteers and staff at the Aquarium. As an Aquarium diver you share your enthusiasm and the stories of our animals with Aquarium visitors using state of the art underwater communication equipment while performing exhibit maintenance and animal husbandry tasks. Aquarium volunteer divers receive extensive training about our marine animals and interpretive communication techniques. Minimum time requirement is four hours every other week.

To be eligible for a volunteer diver position at the Seattle Aquarium you must*:
*  Be at least 18 years of age
*  Minimum certification level of Rescue Diver
*  Have a minimum of 12 dives in local diving conditions within the last 12 months
*  Have an up to date divers log book
*  Successfully complete a check out dive with our Dive Safety Officer
*  Commit to a minimum of a four-hour shift every other week for at least one year
*  Attend volunteer orientation
*  Complete an annual diver's physical (at your expense)
*  Complete mandatory Biology and Interpretation training

* Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements of the program does not mean that you will be invited to a check out dive.  Each round of training has a limited number of training slots and those divers with the greatest amount of experience will fill these positions first.  You are encouraged to reapply if the training session fills.

To be evaluated for upcoming check out dive please complete the Diver Experience Form (located in the Document Library under Volunteering) and return it to the Volunteer Office no later than two weeks prior to orientation. For the September 6, 2014 orientation; diver experience forms are due no later than August 6, 2014 at 5pm.

Equipment Requirements: For the check out dive you must provide all of your own gear. However, once you become a volunteer diver at the Aquarium you will only need to provide mask, fins and exposure suit.

Skill Requirements for Check-Out Dive

Surface Skills
Pre-dive safety check with buddy
Snorkel swim
BC removal and replacement
Weight belt removal and replacement
Tired swimmers carry

Underwater Skills Regulator clearing and recovery
Mask removal and replacement
Air-sharing using an alternate air source (stationary and ascending)
Emergency Swimming Ascent
Neutral Buoyancy Hovering
Underwater Navigation

The training schedule for this opportunity is as follows (attendance at all sessions is mandatory - if you are unable to attend all sessions, you will be asked to attend a later orientation and follow-up training):

Orientation
Saturday, September 6, 2014 - please pre-register here.
10am-12pm

Check-out Dive
must have advance invitation from our Volunteer Office to participate
Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:30-4pm

Then, upon acceptance to the program, the following mandatory training sessions:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9am-3:30pm

Monday, September 29, 2014
6-9pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014
9am-3:30pm

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6-9pm