Splash Program

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.  Learn how to apply for both the summer and year-round Splash Programs below.

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: The deadline to apply for our summer Splash Program is March 31, 2023.

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.

Please note, mandatory orientation and training for new teams will take place on May 20, 2023 from 1–7:30 p.m., including a break from 5–5:30 p.m.

How to Apply

1. Submit an online application.
– Click here to fill out an application.

Please submit steps 2–4 in one email or letter!
2. Submit your letter of recommendation.
– Your letter of recommendation should be 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. Indicate your preferred interview date and time.
– Interviews will be held on April 8, 2023 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as April 16, 2023 at 1 p.m. Preferred dates and times are granted on a first come, first served basis.

4. Indicate your preferred start date and shift time.
– Our summer Splash Program teams may start shifts the week of June 11–17, 2023 or the week of July 9–15, 2023. Please indicate your preferred start date within one of these weeks, and let us know if you would prefer a morning shift (9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.) or an afternoon shift (12:30–4 p.m.).

Please submit your essay, letter of recommendation, interview date and time preference and start date and shift time preference via email or mail to the below address:

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

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!

How to Apply: Email [email protected] at any time with your preferred start date and shift time (morning shift of 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or afternoon shift of 12:30–4 p.m.).

Please note, you may only apply to this program if you have previously completed a summer Splash Program.

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