Divers available to dive Tuesday or Thursday mornings must be able to dive a minimum of two four-hour dives per month.
NOTE: You will not be interacting with the Rocky Shores animals.
How can you join the program?
Step 1. Submit an application
Step 2. Attend a Recruiting Day
Once your application is submitted you will be notified when the next recruiting day will be. The Recruiting Day provides you an opportunity to decide if becoming a volunteer diver is for you. These are offered several times throughout the year and include: overview of the dive program, overview of the prerequisites, required commitment, and duties/benefits of volunteering, and a tour of Rocky Shores.
After the orientation, you will be asked to stay for an interview with our Dive Safety Officer and Volunteer Services Manager.
Note: Divers that do not yet meet the prerequisites will be referred to local training resources for additional qualifications.
If selected as a diver, the next step is to be scheduled for training. Training includes a six-hour overview of the Zoo.
- Attend 6 hour Zoo training. This is required of all prospective volunteers. This course includes an introductory session on the history, structure and mission of the Zoo; volunteer benefits, policies and procedures; a tour of the Zoo; incident and emergency management procedures; role of the surface tender and diver; a session on animal husbandry techniques and water quality. Upon successful completion divers are assigned to a shift schedule that suits both the diver and the Zoo.
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Diving recruits must hold Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent), have a minimum of 25 logged dives, cold-water diving experience within the previous 2-year period. Must be able to verify this with a diving logbook. Logbooks will be evaluated by the Zoo’s Dive Safety Officer. NOTE: Training dives do not count toward these totals.
- Divers must be cleared medically fit to dive by a physician at their own cost.
- As a minimum, divers are expected to possess an Advanced Open Water Diver level of diving knowledge and have good to excellent diving and waterman-ship skills.
- Divers must possess current First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provider certification, or obtain it within 2 months of commencement.
- Divers must be comfortable using a supplied air system.
- Must perform a Diving Skills Demonstration (see below).
- Must be willing to sign a waiver to release the Zoo of any liability in the event of personal neglect or misconduct.
- Divers must also have and maintain Divers Alert Network membership (this provides emergency evacuation insurance coverage) but are strongly encouraged to hold D.A.N. medical insurance at minimally the standard level of coverage (which provides medical coverage for the treatment of diving accidents). You can get more information on membership, insurance, benefits and training opportunities at www.diversalertnetwork.com
Do you have that much time? Is it important to you? We are happy to answer your questions before you make that final decision.
To fill out an application, please click here.