Kelp Project Diving

AAUS Divers Wanted!

Our volunteer Kelp Project Divers work acre by acre off of the shores of Palos Verdes to progressively return the bleak urchin barrens into thriving kelp forest communities.  This  program is widely recognized for its sustained hands-on approach, in which volunteer scuba divers will work with our staff to restore this vital undersea habitat by thinning the sea urchin population. Since the projects inception thousands of hours have been donated by volunteer divers.  The direct results of these efforts are the restoration of numerous acres of kelp forest, a better understanding of the status of the nearshore habitat of Santa Monica Bay and strong steps toward the widespread recovery of our coastal kelp forest. Learn more about our Kelp Project here.

Kelp Project Diver

We are looking for certified scientific divers who are comfortable working underwater in Southern California conditions off a 24 ft boat.  The boat ride is free and you will gain hands-on experience with restoration and monitoring work as an AAUS scientific diver.  Come out on our boat for a day, give back to your local reefs, learn kelp forest ecology, gain dive buddies, and get free air fills at local dive shops.  All our divers maintain AAUS scientific diving standards to dive on the project. You can download a complete list of prerequisites here.  The list is extensive but all of our divers have completed the requirements and maintain them year after year.

Special thanks to our Kelp Project partners: NOAA, SMBRF, California Science Center, Vantuna Research Group of Occidental College, and California Sea Urchin Divers.

Please fill out the volunteer sign-up form below or contact Ian Jacobson, Kelp Project Coordinator, for more information at (310) 394-6162 x.107 or


 Volunteer Sign Up Form

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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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