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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

William Love

Will is an Assistant Diving Safety Officer


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise.
I am an Assistant Diving Safety Officer and also the Volunteer Dive Program Coordinator. I am responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteer divers who help clean exhibits, conduct dive shows. I also assist with scientific diver training and help with gear maintenance.

What got you interested in becoming an Assistant Diving Safety Officer?
When I was young I always wanted to work as a Marine Biologist. When I got older and started diving I wanted to become a Scuba Instructor. Eventually I received my degree in marine biology and also became a Scuba Instructor. Working as an Assistant Diving Safety Officer allows me to combine both jobs, I get to train divers to do science underwater.

What do you like most and least about your job?
The thing that I like most about my job is that I get paid to dive in some of the most beautiful places in the world, even if I never leave the building. What I dislike most is the really cold water I have to dive in sometimes…….BRRR!

What college did you go to and what degree did you receive?
I received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

What is your diving experience/certifications?
I started diving in 2006. I got certified in Hawaii and became a scientific diver with the University of Hawaii. I worked as a scientific diver, then as a training assistant, and finally a scientific diver trainer for the UH Diving Safety Office over the course of five years. I also became a NAUI Dive Master and Scuba Instructor in Hawaii. I hold certifications in regulator repair, cylinder inspector, and rebreather diving.

What influenced your job choice and when?
After I graduated college I was working as a recreational scuba instructor. I really wanted to find a job where I could use both my degree and scuba diving experience. The California Academy of Sciences had an opening and when I had my interview I instantly knew that this was where I wanted to work.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many?
I do not have any pets here but before I moved to San Francisco from Hawaii I had an aquarium with my favorite fish, a frogfish.

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field.
Go out and get as much experience as you can. Experience in a broad range of subjects will allow you to discover what you do and do not like to do. This will be invaluable when you try to find a career. Get as much dive training as possible, never be satisfied or think you know everything; you can always improve your diving skills. There is always someone out there who is a better diver than you are, so listen and learn.

More about William


Will’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)