Expedition Volunteer Program Application

This is a rewarding dive industry experience program. You receive two dives a day, accommodation whilst onboard and great meals.

Work Rights

Expedition volunteers must show a valid working visa and be a minimum of 18 years or be an Australian or New Zealand resident. It is an unpaid (including tips) uninsured position. You must hold travel insurance that covers you for diving & medical evacuation.

Medical Requirements

Expedition volunteers must be medically fit without disability and able to participate in moderately heavy duties & assist in an emergency if required. A medical questionnaire is to be completed as part of the application process and you may be requested to provide a valid Dive Medical.

First Impressions:

As a representative of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions (MBDE) you are expected to:

  1. Arrive on time.
  2. Be professional and friendly.
  3. Have strong conversational English skills.
  4. Maintain a standard of appearance and hygiene that fits the image of a professional crew member not a tourist.

Two Expedition Volunteers Are Required Per Expedition

One ‘dive deck’ and one ‘domestic’ from 11am Thursday, week one to 1pm, Thursday, week two.
Positions are for one week.

Dive Experience

Dive deck volunteer – Divemaster certification, with current Professional Diving Liability Insurance
(with 15 logged dives in the last 12 months).
Domestic volunteer  – Certified diver, with 20 logged dives (10 in the last 12 months).

Costs & Paperwork

  1. $50.00 2x uniform shirts.
  2. $175.00 Gear Hire per week – dependent on requirements.

Return ASAP.

  1. Work Rights Status.
  2. Expedition Volunteer Booking Form.
  3. Application Booking Form.

Dress Requirements:

All Times – Clean, well groomed & clean shaven.
Boarding & Departure – Red uniform shirt, navy dress shorts, footwear – navy crocs.
Evenings – Clean and tidy appearance (no singlets) ‘Party’ shirt for BBQ night.
Other Times – Navy uniform shirt, clean and presentable shorts.

Departure Day

  1. Thursday prior to 11am: complete paperwork and payment at MBDE Office.
  2. Complete safety orientation on-board Spoilsport.
  3. Dive Deck volunteer completes ‘Open Book’ Dive Procedure Exam.
  4. Make dinner arrangements.

Bookings & Cancellations

  1. Requested dates are cancelled after 7 days, without deposit payment.
  2. Cancellations must be advised ASAP.
  3. Cancellations within 14 days of departure forfeit $250 deposit.
  4. Deposit is forfeited if you do not fulfil your scheduled commitment.

MBDE Reserves The Right To Cancel Volunteer Positions

  1. At any time prior to departure, subject to space or crew requirements.
  2. On the day of departure, if the applicants appearance or English speaking skills are not suitable.

Important: Contact us one week prior to confirm your space. The risk of cancellation is less than
5% however, it is best to get travel insurance to cover any outlaid expenses (flights etc.).

Aboard Spoilsport

  1. Accommodation is in crew quarters and same gender share is not guaranteed.
  2. You must not partake in any recreational drugs.  Alcohol consumption must not exceed 4 standard drinks in a 24 hour period.  No BYO – ships bar only policy.
  3. No smoking permitted onboard the vessel at any time.
  4. You must refrain from: intimate relationships with any guest who has a partner or relative on board; overt displays of affection in view of guests; coarse language; and sexist or rude jokes.
  5. MBDE does not offer references for Volunteers.
  6. MBDE does not sign documentation for Volunteers accrual of sea time.


Domestic Duties: Dive Deck Duties:
  • Daily 10 hours work.
  • Cabin service: general cleaning.
  • Assist host with pre-meal set-up.
  • Basic meal prep and post-meal clean-up.
  • Other domestic duties as required.
  • Daily 10 hours work.
  • Assist dive staff (deck preparation).
  • Buddy dive with guests.
  • Lookout duties as required.
  • Domestic duties as required.


Application Form.  Applications are open the first week of each month, 3 months in advance of the travel date. Applications made outside of these parameters will only be considered for wait-listed, last minute cancellations.