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As an Aquarium diver, you'll interact with exotic and unusual creatures without driving to the beach. Volunteer diver are experienced certified divers who prepare food and feed our fish. They also help keep our tanks sparkling clean. Divers also entertain, educate and interact with visitors during live dive presentations. All divers must be certified in SCUBA, successfully complete a written exam and pass a water skills test. Divers work one seven-hour shift per month.

If you would like to be placed on the list for the next recruitment in 2010, please fill out the on-line application.


At the diver orientation meeting, a dive recruit will:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and certified for scuba diving by a nationally recognized organization (PADI, NAUI, YMCA, etc.)
  • Have logged a minimum of 25 dives, 12 open water dives within the last three years
  • Will fill out an official application to the Tennessee Aquarium for volunteer diving status
  • Provide a copy of diving certification card, current first aid and adult CPR certifications, and Oxygen Provider certificate prior to diving in the tanks
  • Complete a written exam covering various aspects of diving physics, physiology, equipment and safety
  • Will complete an in-water skills test
  • Have a medical release from your physician.
   Basic duties:
  • Prepare food for the day’s dive and feed exhibited animals
  • Help maintain a clean and healthy environment for the animals
  • Dive exhibits at the scheduled times of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (summer 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
  • Remain aware of exhibit and dive changes and observe and interpret animal behavior
  • Keep and log accurate records and maintain clean work areas
   Divers must be available:
  • On regularly scheduled diving days, once monthly at a minimum, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the purpose of feeding exhibitory animals, to perform basic maintenance and show dives.
  • To remain on active dive status, each diver must have a minimum 30 minutes of bottom time per month, or 60 minutes bi-monthly and a minimum of nine dives per year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please call Julie Piper at 423-785-3057 or 800-262-0695 ext. 3057 or by e-mail

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