Zoo Divers

The Pool Maintenance Program at Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers volunteer divers an opportunity to dive and to help the Rocky Shores Exhibit staff maintain water quality in our seal/sea lion and polar bear pools.


  • Divers must be available to dive Tuesday or Wednesday and must be able to dive a minimum of two, four-hour dives per month.

How can you join the program?

Step 1. Fill out a volunteer application online HERE

Step 2. Reach out to Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Dive Safety Officer:

Shannon Cunningham

(TEL) 801.584.4559

Step 3. Attend an Observation Day

  • The Observation Day provides you an opportunity to decide if becoming a volunteer diver is for you. It’s an overview of the dive program, the prerequisites and required commitment, and an overview of the role of the surface tender and diver. It’s an opportunity to observe a dive from start to finish.
  • After the observation, you will be asked to stay for an interview and an introductory training session on the history, structure and mission of the Zoo with our Volunteer Coordinator.
  • If selected as a diver, a training session will be scheduled.
    • NOTE: Diver s that do not yet meet the prerequisites will be referred to local training resources for additional qualifications.


Step 4. Required Training

  • Attend a four hour Dive training session held by the DSO. This is required of all prospective dive volunteers. This training session will consist of a short swim test. Upon successful completion, the DSO will conduct an overview of the dive equipment used at Utah’s Hogle Zoo followed by a training session with said gear.



  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Diving recruits must hold open water certification.
  • Divers are allowed to dive with their own personal wetsuit if the wetsuit is in good condition and is of adequate thermal protection.
  • If a diver does not have their own wetsuit they will be permitted to dive with the dry suits provided by the Zoo only after they have completed a dry suit orientation class from a nationally recognized organization (PADI, NAUI, or equivalent) at their own expense.
  • Divers must be cleared medically fit by way of RSTC questionnaire. Any yes answers requires clearance to dive by a physician at their own cost.
  • Divers must possess current First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provider certification, or obtain it at the next certification class held here at the Hogle Zoo.
  • Diver must perform a Diving Skills Demonstration to a satisfactory skill level.
  • Diver must be willing to sign a waiver to release the Zoo of any liability in the event of personal neglect or misconduct.

Equipment Needs- Volunteer divers provide the following equipment: thermal protection liner. The Zoo will provide fins, gloves weights, boots, dry-suit hood and a full face diving mask. Personal equipment is allowed but the equipment must be inspected by the dive safety officer before use and diver must show proof of professional service every 6 months. Personal equipment must also be sterilized before use. The Zoo is not responsible for personal equipment lost or damaged.

Scheduling – Becoming a dive volunteer requires a commitment of a minimum of two four-hour dives per month. The schedule is determined by your availability and the Zoo’s needs. We are committed to providing a quality volunteer diving experience.

Commitment – Volunteers in the dive program are required to commit a minimum of one-full year (about 100 hours) to the Zoo. We realize that this is a significant commitment, and we want you to consider it carefully.

To fill out an application, please click here as well as a medical form.