Volunteering at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) makes a difference, for our visitors and our oceans. The fact that you have chosen to volunteer with the dive program in support of our mission is a powerful statement and one we don't take lightly. The dive office thanks you for this effort on behalf of our mission - generating and sharing scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.
Please review the responsibilities outlined below for an ASLC volunteer diver and complete the application if you believe you can make this commitment.
- To dive at a minimum, twice a month for a period of at least one year.
- To have knowledge of and follow the standards for diving at the ASLC detailed in the ASLC dive manual. (Hardcopies are available from the dive office).
- To attend the quarterly diver safety meetings the dive office conducts each year.
- To notify the Dive Safety Officer and find a substitute for shifts that will be missed.
The ASLC dive program is a very unique volunteer opportunity with some unique requirements. Requirements are listed below for you to review.
- Must attend and complete Center and dive safety training prior to the first volunteer dive day.
- Must be able to understand and follow written and oral instruction.
- Must be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits.
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
- Must be able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment.
- Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written.
- Must be able to perform physically challenging work in a variety of weather conditions.
- Must be able to commit to a consistent schedule.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must make a 12 month commitment and participate in two habitat maintenance dives per month.
- Must pass a dive physical. The parameters of this physical are dictated by the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Diving Safety Manual. The cost of the physical to be paid for by the volunteer.
- Must be certified by a nationally recognized scuba certification agency as an advanced diver or higher (certification as a Rescue Diver preferred).
- Must have current certification in CPR, First Aid, and O2 Administration.
- Must be able to pass an annual swim and scuba skills evaluation as described in the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Diving Safety Manual.
- Must agree to follow the procedures and guidelines of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Diving Safety Manual.
- Must promptly log all dives. A web interface is provided for this.
- Must have current Divers Alert Network insurance.
- Must supply personal dive equipment (cylinders of air and weight belts can be provided by the SeaLife Center). A full list of equipment needed can be obtained from the Human Resource Specialist.
- Must provide written documentation of equipment servicing from a qualified technician including at minimum: yearly regulator servicing, yearly gauge or computer testing, yearly bcd and dry suit valve inspection/servicing