EMS actively works towards making our team of staff and volunteers more inclusive. We value everyone’s unique qualities and experiences, including but not limited to disability, ethnicity, language, age, gender or sexual orientation.
We understand that some volunteers may need extra support. We value diversity in our team, and where possible we aim to provide appropriate support for all, along with a welcoming environment and respectful culture.
Register to volunteer here, or read the Frequently Asked Questions below.
EMS needs volunteers for in and out of the water at our community snorkel events.
The pathway for in-water volunteers is usually:
EMS also needs volunteers to assist with:
EMS welcomes volunteers for roles out of the water including:
There is no obligation to be available every week. Ideally a volunteer could assist at a minimum of 3 events per year. While there is no minimum requirement, EMS rewards volunteers for their level of involvement.
You have the option to volunteer on occasional weekends at our community snorkel events, or on occasional weekdays at our school snorkel events and VR sessions. On our volunteer portal, you can select the dates that suit you.
Most of our snorkel days run in the warmer months from September – May, but we also hold cuttlefish snorkel tours in June/July.
As a minimum, all volunteers aged 18 and above need their First Aid Certificate. EMS can reimburse up to $100 of the cost after you have completed at least one day of volunteering with us.
EMS provides free accredited and professional development training for volunteers. We suggest coming along to volunteer at one or more events first, and then you may consider signing up for further training including:
It helps if you have experience in the water as a snorkeller, diver, kayaker or swimmer, but many of our volunteers develop more confidence with snorkelling after they start volunteering at our events. Most volunteers start as a trainee guide, and progress to an assistant guide or lead guide.
Our roles are well-suited to marine biologists and marine biology students. However EMS welcomes volunteers from a range of backgrounds and experience. The most important is that you have a passion for conservation of our local marine environment and marine sanctuaries and want to inspire the community to get involved and learn more about EMS.
“I have to say volunteering with EMS is really a lot of fun! Being part of such a passionate organisation is a real pleasure, and a great way to meet new likeminded people. I have had the opportunity to become a qualified leader and that in turn also has helped me in my adventure business. The work done around the SOPs and risk assessments and the amount of training volunteers have, means there is a high level of safety for everyone, and that gives me a lot of confidence to enjoy the time in the water and know everyone is safe. There are also great opportunities to travel, but due to my own busy schedule I haven’t had the chance to experience that with EMS …yet! I think EMS is a wonderful organisation and I am proud to be associated with it.’ Michelle
‘Volunteering with EMS over the past 12 months has been amazing! As a third year Marine Biology student, I’ve been able to immerse myself in the underwater world and work alongside others who have the same passion! I’ve loved being a snorkel guide and helping to spread awareness about marine conservation, as well helping those who don’t have a lot of experience in the water develop skills and confidence. Highly recommend!’ Kiara
‘I volunteered with my mum on the Eyre Peninsula trip, Yorke Peninsula trip, CuttleFest and at Port Noarlunga. I enjoyed snorkelling at lots of cool places and learning from the snorkel guides. It feels really safe and organised and everyone is really friendly. Working on the registration desk was a good experience for me as a teenager.’ Bilal, 14, Volunteer on the Ethan London Program.