Volunteer diving in our exhibits

The Ocean Conservation Trust runs the National Marine Aquarium, the largest Aquarium in the UK. Our larger exhibits require maintenance and the fish need feeding. To do this our Biologists must dive into the tank.

We have developed a programme that allows volunteers to experience this unique role.

The volunteer diver’s role is based predominantly in Eddystone Reef exhibit helping us look after the large array of native fish such as conger eels, sharks, rays and lobsters.

These dives usually take place on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm but do also occur on other days.

What do I need to dive in the Aquarium?

To become part of the dive team you will need:

  • To be qualified to a minimum level of HSE Part IV or PADI Dive Master
  • Have an in date HSE medical
  • Have a current 1st Aid at Work qualification with oxygen administration.

If you are interested in taking up a future role then please complete this Expression of Interest Form and send to nmadiving@oceanconservationtrust.org to be added to our waiting list.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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