The South Carolina Aquarium Splash Program is designed for 13 to 15-year-old students to volunteer with a parent or guardian as exhibit guides.  These volunteer teams share the Aquarium’s mission with special emphasis on education and conservation while simultaneously providing exemplary customer service.  Teams can participate in either our summer or year-round Splash Program.

Two South Carolina Aquarium volunteers display turtle shells and animal bones to small children, looking at them with wonder. They stand inside the Aquarium in front of the Carolina Seas exhibit.

Summer Splash Program

Application Deadline: We are not yet accepting applications for our summer 2023 Splash Program. Please check this page in early 2023 for more details on when to apply. Please note, you must complete a summer Splash Program before you may apply for the year-round Splash Program.

Time Commitment: Students and parents invited to participate in the summer Splash Program must work one of the following shift times for a minimum of eight weeks: 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or 12:30–4 p.m.

A South Carolina Aquarium volunteer holds a juvenile American alligator during an animal encounter in the great hall.

Year-Round Splash Program

Have you already participated in a summer Splash Program? Extend your volunteer service with the Aquarium by participating year-round!

Application Deadline: Your essay and letter of recommendation may be submitted at any time. Please note, you may only apply to this program if you have previously completed a summer Splash Program.

How to Apply

1. Write a typed one-page essay expressing why you and your parent/guardian would make a great volunteer team.  Indicate the program for which you are applying (summer or year-round) and include contact information for both of you.

2. Provide a letter of recommendation from a non-relative adult (like a teacher, scout leader, coach or pastor).  Make sure your reference includes their daytime phone number in the letter.

3. Submit the essay and recommendation letter to us by either mail or email to the below address.

South Carolina Aquarium
Attn: Charmaine Brockington, Volunteer Services Manager
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

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