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National Aquarium Volunteer Diver Recruitment

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic States' started by Hoyden, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
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    Are you interested in year round local warm water diving, maintaining your dive skills between trips, honing your fish ID skills, or sharing your passion for the ocean with others? Becoming a Volunteer Diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore may be for you! Our Volunteer Divers get to do all of those things and more.

    The first step in our recruitment process is for potential volunteer divers to fill out an application at our website www.aqua.org. The next step is to take our written test. The test for our 2018 recruitment are scheduled for September 24 (1:30 PM) and October 4 (7:00 PM) here at the aquarium. The test includes sections on Rescue/First Aid, Dive Physics, Dive Physiology, Dive Equipment, and Animal Behavior/Ecology. Applicants who are successful at the written test will be invited to the aquarium in late October or early November for an orientation and to our in-water test in January.

    Upon successful completion of written and in-water recruitment testing processes, a volunteer diver will serve on one of 14 volunteer dive teams. Placement depends upon availability of team openings. We commonly have more weekday slots available. Weekend slots are rare. All of our dive teams take care of the animals in the Atlantic Coral Reef, maintain the exhibit and interact with our visitors. Select dive team members also interact with our visitors during communication mask dives in the Blacktip Reef.

    All volunteer dive applicants must be 18 years of age or older and satisfy the following prerequisites:
    • Possess a scuba certification of Advanced Open Water or higher
    • Proof of at least 30 logged dives

    Volunteer divers will be trained in safely performing the tasks necessary for their program and required to attend general volunteer orientation and training. Divers must commit to work one eight-hour shift (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) every other week on one of 14 teams. Benefits (in addition to awesome diving) include free parking while volunteering, membership, discounts in our cafes and gift shops, volunteer and member social events, and smiles and thanks from guests from all over the world!

    If you have any questions about our Volunteer Dive Program, please feel free to contact me here on ScubaBoard or email me directly at jcooper(at)aqua.org.

    Thanks,

    Jackie Cooper
    Sr ADSO/Volunteer Dive Coordinator
     
  2. Pet535

    Pet535 Garibaldi

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    Location: Havre de Grace
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    I'll be doing the written exam in September!!! I am totally looking forward to it, but am super nervous. This would be like a dream come true!!
     
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  3. offthewall1

    offthewall1 Instructor, Scuba

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    Jackie,

    I'm already a paid diver for EWS providing cleaning in the National Aquarium Dolphin exhibit tank so obviously I'm cleared to dive in the facility. I'm an Instructor with ratings from PADI, SDI, SSI and PSAI. I'd be willing to volunteer but I can't make the dates of the written tests due to prior commitments. Let me know if you can use me. Cheers.

    Ken Barrick
     
  4. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
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    :daydream: Free parking
     
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  5. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Rockville, MD
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    Hi Ken,

    All volunteer divers go through the same intake process. If you are interested in volunteering and can't make the written test dates, you can contact Jeff Walstrum, our Director of Volunteer Engagement at jwalstrum@aqua.org. He may be able to set up another time for you to take the written test.

    Thanks,

    Jackie
     
  6. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Rockville, MD
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    Just wanted to remind everyone that there is still time to sign up for the second test session on Oct 4. Call Jeff Walstrum at the aquarium and he can get you signed up!

    Hope to see some of you on Wednesday!
    Jackie
     
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