Mission Specialists join the expedition in teams of up to 9 members for 8-day missions to explore the wreck. These rotating teams depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland and fly to and from the dive support ship. Mission Specialists live and work with the operations crew throughout the mission to conduct submersible dives to the legendary shipwreck.
During each 8-day mission, six submersible dives are planned. You will join at least one submersible dive to the Titanic and have the opportunity to train and support the submersible operations in roles such as sonar operation, navigation, communications, camera operations, and data logging.
During other mission dives you may choose to support or observe surface operations, or monitor dive operations and other expedition activities with closed-circuit video or audio feeds from the operations deck, navigation, and communications center from your private quarters or common areas.
Mission Specialists may also assist the dive team with pre- and post-dive servicing of the submersible, or perform other Mission Specialist support roles such as reviewing videos and photos of the wreck, analyzing sonar data, or helping with dive planning.
Throughout the mission, content experts on board the ship will share their knowledge of the shipwreck, the history of the ship and the story of her sinking, and the deep sea creatures inhabiting the wreck.
Helicopter Underwater Egress Training in St. John’s for all crew and mission specialists who are not yet certified.
Join fellow mission specialists and crew for a flight via helicopter or long range sea plane to the dive support ship at sea. After landing, participate in vessel orientation and safety drills including donning a survival suit and learning emergency procedures.
While at sea, explore the ship and spend time with the explorers, scientists, submersible pilots or expedition crew.
Receive a mission brief including presentations by content experts and/or fellow explorers.
On these days at sea, take part in Mission Specialist orientation sessions to learn how to assist the crew planning a dive, operate the sonar, use the undersea navigation system, prepare the submersible for diving, or help perform the myriad tasks needed to conduct a successful mission. Participation in these sessions may qualify you to perform these roles as a mission specialist on board the submersible or ship.
On each of these dive days (subject to weather conditions), submersible dives are planned with time allotted for crew rest and equipment maintenance.
Prior to your dive, you’ll have an orientation session with a pilot inside the submersible to become familiar with the systems, surroundings and procedures for safe transfer between vessels at sea.
Before each dive, a briefing is given by the submersible pilot or expedition leader that covers dive objectives,schedule, roles and other information to ensure a safe and productive dive.
Aboard ship, Mission Specialists may actively support the mission by performing such roles as assisting with submersible launch and recovery, subsea communications during the dives, submersible servicing and more. Throughout the expedition the crew meets for mission updates, dive briefs and informal socializing. Enjoy lectures and discussions with deep ocean explorers and scientists.
Join the post-mission briefing with the expedition crew, enjoy informal discussions with content experts, and review the images, video and sonar data collected during the mission.
Board the aircraft for a return flight to St. John’s.
Please Note: Submersible dives may take place during the day or night depending on prevailing weather conditions.
Weather delays may extend your mission beyond the scheduled return date, therefore it is strongly suggested that you do not schedule any important appointments until two days after your scheduled return date.