Volunteer Diving

Completion of the Florida Aquarium's Scientific Aquarium Diver program is a challenging yet rewarding undertaking which will enhance your basic diving skills, while giving you access to experiences unavailable to most divers. If you provide an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn, we’ll provide you with the training necessary to safely dive in our aquatic habitats.



Florida Aquarium Diver Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • Open Water certified or above
  • Completed at least 25 open water dives

Additional Requirements:

Upon acceptance to the program, all divers must also pass:
  • An AAUS dive physical
  • An AAUS swim test
  • A basic dive skills evaluation

More information on these criteria will be given at our new diver orientation sessions which are required for all prospective volunteer divers. These sessions are offered several times per year. For additional information and upcoming dates, click HERE.

After meeting all prerequisites and attending one of the orientation sessions, divers may apply for an upcoming Scientific Aquarium Diver course. Due to high demand, not all divers will be scheduled for training. If accepted to the program, this course will train you to safely work underwater at The Florida Aquarium.  All of the training will take place in our diverse underwater habitats!

Volunteer Divers are required to make a one-year service commitment to a regular shift. divers are required to meet every other week for the same shift. For a list of open shifts, click HERE.

The primary task provided by our volunteer divers is exhibit maintenance, however, after meeting additional requirements, there are also opportunities to assist with our daily dive presentations and offsite conservation and research diving.

We also recruit Divemasters and Instructors specifically to assist with our Guest Dive Programs. CLICK HERE for more information.

If you have any questions about your dive training, please feel free to contact us.


Chelsea Gomez, Manager of Volunteer Services      

email     813.273.4121