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Dive Team

Our Dive Team

Have you participated in a Sharks & SCUBA Q&A in the Shark Gallery or watched our divers working in the exhibits? Our team of full- and part-time divers is responsible for exhibit maintenance, animal observations and guest education. We dive 7 days a week generally 5 or more times a day. Divers enter 12 different exhibits weekly using both standard SCUBA equipment and surface supplied equipment. In 2017, our dive team spent a combined total of 2,201 hours (the equivalent of 92 days) underwater.

Our dive team has a range of experience from SCUBA instruction to Open Water Divers.  To become a dive team member you must be SCUBA certified, have a minimum of 30 open water dives, and hold certifications in First Aid, CPR, AED and Oxygen as Emergency First Aid.  All Aquarium-specific dive skills are taught on-site.

A certified diver?

Dive with Sharks

Scuba certified divers can spend a morning or afternoon in our 230,000-gallon shark exhibit with family and friends watching as part of the Shark Dive CLE program.

Scuba Certification FAQ

How old do you have to be to become SCUBA certified?

You must be at least 10 years old to get a Junior Open Water Certification.

How long does it take to become SCUBA certified?

The time may vary by individual but there are 3 components to the certification. The first is the dive-theory book work which, can be done as eLearning modules or in a classroom setting. The second is several pool training sessions, and the third is a series of open water dives with your instructor. This can generally be completed in as little as 4 – 5 days.

Is SCUBA certification expensive?

The price of certification and any subsequent dive varies greatly depending on the country and region.  Paying $400 – $500 for an entry level certification is to be expected.

Can I learn to dive in Cleveland?

Yes, there are several local dive shops that can assist you in attaining certification.

Can you dive in Lake Erie?

Yes, in fact there are many interesting artifacts in Lake Erie. There are numerous shipwrecks and artificial structures that can be dived. There are also local quarries that many divers enjoy.

Do you have to know how to swim?

Yes, a basic water competency is a must, but you don’t have to be an Olympic-level swimmer. Comfort in the water is crucial.

Can I dive if I have a medical condition?

The answer varies depending on what your physician advises. All SCUBA certification classes have a medical statement as a component and you should discuss those concerns with your physician and dive instructor.