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Volunteer Diver Recruitment - National Aquarium

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic States' started by Hoyden, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Rockville, MD
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    We are beginning our fall 2014 Volunteer Diver Recruitment. I hope that some of you may be interested in applying to become part of the dive program here at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. I have included some information below. If you are interested, please go to www.aqua.org and follow the links to the volunteer sign up. We will be giving the written test on August 10 and August 20. You will be sent more details about this once you sign up on the website.

    Volunteer divers are depended upon at the National Aquarium not only to maintain two major aquarium exhibits but to prepare the diets and feed many of the animals with which they’ll be diving. A diver also serves as an underwater liaison between our visitors and collection animals through personal interactions and public talks.

    Upon successful completion of written and in-water recruitment testing processes, a volunteer diver may serve on one of four Dolphin Discovery dive teams or one of fourteen Blue Wonders dive teams. (Placement depends upon availability of team openings.) On the Dolphin Discovery team, a diver is responsible for maintaining the dolphin pools in our amphitheater, using an underwater scrubber and vacuum. Our Blue Wonders dive teams take care of the animals in the Atlantic Coral Reef, maintain the exhibit and interact with our visitors.

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

    Training and Commitment
    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:
    · Dolphin Discovery program – one four-hour shift (7:30am-11:30am) every other week on a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday team
    · Blue Wonders: Reefs to Rainforests program – one eight-hour shift (8:30am-4:30pm) every other week on one of 14 teams

    Volunteer Benefits
    · Smiles and thanks from visitors from all over the world
    · Free parking while volunteering
    · Professional training
    · Membership privileges
    · Gift shop and cafe discounts
    · Social events and opportunities
    · Learning, laughter, wonder, and excitement (unlimited!)
    · Year round warm water (76-77 degrees) diving!
    · Free DAN First Aid for Professional Divers course

    Please feel free to ask questions. I hope to see some of you at the aquarium soon.

    Thanks,

    Jackie Cooper
    Senior ADSO/Aquarist/Volunteer Dive Coordinator
     
  2. ppatin

    ppatin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    I'll be taking the written test on the 10th. Any advice on what to study? I'm not worried about the diving part of it but I know I should do a little reading on basic marine biology.
     
  3. Hoyden

    Hoyden Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Rockville, MD
    926
    96
    28
    I would recommend doing some reading on basic coral reef ecology, sharks, and bony fish plus a quick review of the manuals from you dive classes. That should be a good overview. I hope to see you Sunday.

    Jackie
     
  4. ppatin

    ppatin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    Passed the written test :)
     
  5. ppatin

    ppatin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    41
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    Any updates on when the in water test will be?
     
  6. ppatin

    ppatin Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    41
    28
    Made it in! I'm stoked.
     

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