On each expedition, there is limited space for citizen scientists to join the crew as Mission Specialists.

Mission specialists are adventurers and citizen scientists who support the expedition through various sub-nautical and oceanographic roles.  Because our experiences are working expeditions and you will become part of the crew, there are a few steps you must complete.  You must meet the requirements outlined below before your space on the expedition can be confirmed.

1. Apply

Follow the link above and complete the Mission Specialist Application
After you've completed the application, a representative from OceanGate Expeditions will contact you to answer any questions.

2. Interview

Once OceanGate Expeditions has reviewed your application, a representative will schedule an interview using Skype/Zoom or a similar online platform.


Following a successful interview, you will be offered a position as Mission Specialist Crew Member on one of the expedition missions. You will sign a Mission Specialist Crew and training agreement and submit the Mission Support and Training fee. 


After your payment has been received, you'll be welcomed as a member of the crew and begin training to prepare for your mission.



Additional Mission Specialist Crew Requirements:

  • Be able to board small boats (Zodiacs) in rough seas.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time the expedition commences.
  • Be comfortable in dynamic environments where plans and timetables may change.
  • Demonstrate basic strength, balance, mobility and flexibility (i.e. climb a 6-foot step ladder, carry 20 lbs., etc.)
  • Be able to live aboard a research class expedition vessel with the operations crew.
  • Possess a valid passport and can legally travel internationally



Companion Program

Companions may participate in all the expedition activities except for a submersible dive. All companions must apply to join and be vetted by the expedition team. Where applicable companions share a ship stateroom and hotel room with the mission specialist they are joining. 

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