Dive Volunteers

Pine Knoll Shores Dive Volunteers

Dive in!

The Aquarium offers certified SCUBA divers a unique and rewarding underwater experience. Volunteer divers inside the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck converse with visitors about the many animals gliding around a replica of the U-352, a famous World War II shipwreck. Volunteer divers also assist with other programs underwater, as well as help care for the animals and maintain the habitats.


Requirements To Apply

  • Must be a SCUBA diver, certified by a nationally recognized certification agency (an advanced certification with 20 logged dives is preferred). 
  • Must be willing to volunteer a full day (9AM – 4PM) twice a month, with a minimum commitment of one year. 
  • Must be currently certified in both First Aid and CPR.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be willing to supply a dive mask, boots, and wetsuit following aquarium approved guidelines.  All other dive gear is supplied by the Aquarium. 
  • Must be team-oriented and willing to take direction.
  • Must have basic knowledge of marine life and be willing to learn about the animals at the Aquarium.
  • Must be willing to dive with large marine animals, including sharks. 
  • Must be willing to perform general underwater cleaning duties, interact with the public, and participate in public presentations. 
  • After receiving your application, the following will be discussed during an interview with dive staff:
    An NCAPKS volunteer diver medical exam must be completed and signed by a licensed physician.
  • Upon being medically cleared to dive, volunteers will perform a swim test with the Dive Safety Officer or Assistant Dive Safety Officer.
  • After successful completion of the swim test, volunteers will perform a series of underwater SCUBA skills tests at the Aquarium.
  • The Dive Safety Officer or Assistant Dive Safety Officer will then assess the diver's skill level

Volunteer Application Form

 If you are interested in volunteering with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores as a certified SCUBA diver,
please fill out the information below and a dive team member will get back with you as soon as possible.

Volunteer Dive Application Form

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