Assistant Dive Safety Officer

  • Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
  • Draper, Utah
  • Sep 27, 2023
Full time Safety

Job Description

Position: Assistant Dive Safety Manager (ADSO)

Reports To:  Dive Safety Manager (DSO)


Position Summary:  

To support the DSO in managing the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) dive program including training, supervision, operation, and administration. The ADSO will be trained in all aspects of the Dive Safety Manager Position, and act in the role during the Dive Safety Manager’s absence.



  • Three (3) years of work experience in Aquarium, Scientific, or Commercial Diving.
  • Certification: Minimum professional level SCUBA certification of Instructor.
  • Certification: PSI Visual Inspector and Valve Maintenance Repair Technician preferred.
  • Certification: Gear Maintenance Technician- OTS and Atomic preferred.
  • Certification: First Aid Instructor- Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) preferred.
  • Certification: Dry Suit Diver preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience as a staff or volunteer in an Aquarium setting.
  • Experience with Federal OSHA and AAUS dive standards.
  • Experience with Tethered Diving, Full Face Mask Diving, Surface Supplied Air Diving, and Underwater Communications Systems is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with or supervising Volunteers.
  • Must be able to work Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and variable shifts as required.
  • Valid Utah Driver’s license or able to receive one within 90 days of hire.
  • Must successfully pass a background check.
  •  Must successfully pass a diver medical within 30 days of hire.


Critical Skills/Competencies:  

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and strong oral and written communication are critical.
  • Must demonstrate a proactive approach to achieving the objectives of the dive program.
  • Must be highly self-motivated and similarly able to take direction.
  •  Computer proficiency, including Microsoft software package.
  •  Experience teaching SCUBA classes.
  •  Have the ability to troubleshoot, repair, and service diving equipment.
  •  Knowledge of methods, procedures, hazards, and safety precautions associated with aquarium diving.
  •  Ability to multi-task, especially in stressful situations.
  •  Excellent with critical thinking and problem-solving.
  •  Ability to work in a fast pace environment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage daily operation of the aquarium’s dive program including the supervision of staff and volunteer divers in accordance with the LLPA Dive Safety Manual.
  • Serve as Designated Person in Charge (DPIC) and Lead Diver during LLPA dive operations.
  • Respond and take the lead in emergency situations.
  • Maintain LLPA SCUBA equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Fill tanks and ensure availability of compressed air for LLPA dive operations.
  • Assist with scheduling dives for staff and volunteer divers.
  • Assist in maintaining all required logs and records in accordance with LLPA and Fed OSHA standards.
  • Organize and maintain physical spaces assigned to the LLPA dive program.
  • Assist the DSO in training staff and volunteer divers.
  • Support communications with and among volunteer dive program participants through email.
  •  Make recommendations to improve the LLPA dive program.


Physical Demands of the Job:  

  •  Frequently lifting SCUBA equipment up to 70 pounds.
  •  Must be able to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time.
  •  Must be able to remain in a bending, stooping, crouching, or kneeling position for a long period of time.
  •  Must be able to remain in hyperbaric conditions for a period of time determined by US Navy Dive Tables.


Special Working Conditions:  

  •  This job requires the ability to work in and around the water for long periods of time.
  •  Must be physically fit to work in hyperbaric conditions.
  •  Must be able to dive in both fresh and salt water.
  •  Must be able to work in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees.
  •  Must be able to work inside and outside in hot and cold temperatures.


While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in adherence to the policies.