55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Elliott Jessup

Elliott is the Diving Safety Officer


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise.
My main responsibility is to provide a safe working environment for each person in the California Academy of Sciences’ dive program; this includes everything in house maintenance diving to field scientific research & collecting.  Dive program administration and development requires a broad range of expertise including a comprehensive understanding of liability and regulations, diver training, equipment and exhibit maintenance, volunteer coordination, and scientific diving.

What got you interested in becoming a Diving Safety Officer?
Originally I was really only interested in leaving my corporate job to travel the world, this turned into a passion for both diving and our natural environment.  After spending years as a traveling dive instructor, dive program administration was a natural progression for me.

What do you like most and least about your job?
The things I like most about my position are training divers, facilitating field research, and building a world-class dive program. Enforcing policy is my least favorite…unfortunately someone has to do it.

What college did you go to and what degree did you receive?
I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business.  I studied Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism.

What is your diving experience/certifications?
I became a certified diver in 2000 and continued to dive in different areas of the world.  I teach scientific divers and hold technical instructor certifications for multiple agencies and teach up to the trimix level. I’m also a 1st Aid, CPR, AED, and O2 Instructor Trainer. Other certifications include rebreather, cave, gas blending, and equipment service.

What influenced your job choice and when?
I made the decision to enter the dive industry while sitting on a recreational dive boat in Belize sometime in 2006.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many?
None, though I would really like to rescue a dog if only I could have one in my apartment!

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field.
Do not listen to pessimists; they will only hold you back.  Travel, work abroad, dive in many different environments.  Follow your passions, work hard, and stay hydrated!

More about Elliott


Elliott’s Suggested Reading:

“NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology” 4th Edition, edited by James T. Joiner, US Department of Commerce, 2001 (Best Publishing).

“Deco for Divers” by Mark Powell, 2010 (Aquapress).

"Deeper Into Diving" by John Lippmann, 1990 (J.L. Publications)

“Diving Science” by Michael B. Strauss, MD. and Igor V. Aksenove, MD, PhD. 2004 (Human Kinetics).

“Diving Medicine” 4th Edition by Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD., 2004 (Saunders).

"Essentials of Scientific Diving" by A. Georgitsis, J. Seckendorf, J. Christiansen, 2011, (UTD International).

"UTD Student and Diver Procedures Manual" by A. Georgitsis and J. Seckendorf, 2011 (UTD International).

“Doing it Right: The Fundamentals of Better Diving” by Jarrod Jablonski, 2001 (Global Underwater Explorers).

“Mastering Rebreathers” by Jefferey E. Bozanic, 2002 (Best Publishing).

“Cave Diving, Articles & Opinions: A Comprehensive Guide to Cave Diving and Exploration” edited by Jill Heinerth & Bill Oigarden, 2008 (Heinerth Productions, Inc).

“Standards for Scientific Diving” The American Academy of Underwater Sciences, 2009 (AAUS).