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 1:30pm 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 a qualified SCUBA to a minimum level of HSE Part IV or PADI Dive Master (or equivalent)
  • Have an in date HSE Dive medical
  • To have an Oxygen administration certificate
  • To have a First Aid at Work certification (please note, this is a specific 3 day course – Emergency First Aid at Work and PADI Emergency First Responder are not sufficient)

Unfortunately at present, we are fully subscribed with volunteer divers and can’t guarantee when more space will open up.  However, if you would like to be added to our waiting list please send us an expression of interest form.

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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