The Tennessee Aquarium is very fortunate to have nearly 170 volunteer divers. These dedicated individuals come from all walks of life and from all over the region. Irby Hartley is shown above gently cleaning the inside of the acrylic to ensure guests enjoy the crystal clear views of all the animals. While you have to "roll up your sleeves" and apply "a little elbow grease" while helping to maintain the exhibits, the fun is worth it. Nowhere else will you be able to see so many species up close in both fresh and saltwater. For many, the chance to scuba dive in excellent conditions at least once a month is worth the drive from Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville or Knoxville. The Rice Family ventures to Chattanooga from a small community near the Kentucky border. See their story below.
Right now the Aquarium is seeking certified divers for weekday volunteer positions. If you have the time, talent and desire to join the team, go here for complete information and to download an application: http://www.tnaqua.org/GetInvolved/VolunteerDiver.aspx
The Aquarium will be hosting a diver orientation on Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM eastern standard time at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium located in the Lower Lobby of the River Journey building.