It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.
Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:
- A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
- First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
- Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
- 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
- Be 18 years of age
You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.