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Mystic Aquarium

Dive Safety Officer

Responsible for the development and enforcement of policies and procedures that ensure the safety of all Aquarium-related diving operations. Manage the Aquarium’s dive program, including, but not limited to: supervising, evaluating, and scheduling all aquarium dives with staff and volunteers.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Maintain a strong knowledge base on diving industry standards, diving physiology, equipment, and techniques in order to ensure the Aquarium’s compliance with all relevant safety standards.

  • Perform swim tests and scuba skills assessments.

  • Develop and maintain relations with scuba dealerships and manufacturers, and attend necessary tradeshows and trainings.

·  Ensure all staff divers remain in compliance with diving requirements, including ensuring all necessary certifications are maintained.

·  Maintain and keep current the Dive Safety Manual.

·  Coordinate weekly scheduling of all Aquarium dive activities.

·  Coordinate training of all new divers and volunteers on staff.

·  Coordinate re-certification of First Aid and CPR classes.

·  Coordinate communication among the volunteer and staff dive team.

·  Maintain upkeep and inventory of dive gear and equipment.

·  Ensure proper maintenance and repair of equipment used for routine dives (experience as Certified Repair Technician preferred).

·  Maintain all record keeping requirements.

·  Conduct emergency water extraction training drills.

·   Chair the Dive Safety Board.

·  Active member of Aquarium’s Safety Committee

·  Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • All employees are responsible for working in a safe manner at all times.
  • Every employee must properly use, and keep in good order, all personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them as protection from recognized hazards.
  • Every employee must report any unsafe condition
  • Every employee must have a working knowledge of all Facility wide, and Department specific, safety procedures that relate to their position, including, but not limited to:  Emergency Evacuation, Lockdown Procedure, and Fire Extinguisher Use.

Experience Required

Minimum Job Requirements: Must be willing to consistently provide guest service above and beyond expectation. • SCUBA Instructor Certification required. • First Aid, CPR/AED, and, Oxygen First Aid Instructor required. • Bachelor's degree in biology or related field preferred. • Two years’ experience in dive training, preferably in an aquarium or zoo. • Certification and experience in equipment repair preferred. • Must possess strong teamwork and communication skills. • Multilingual (Spanish speaking) preferred.

Further Comments

Sea Research Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Mystic Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage the applications of women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

How to Apply

Please visit our website and/or click here to apply:

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860-572-5955
Fax: 860-572-5991

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