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. By receiving training and continued instruction, individuals participate in roles as active members of the crew. While these opportunities do not require any previous experience, there are a few extra steps you will need to take. If you are ready to explore, take a look at the process below.

Kyle Bingham - Expedition Manager

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. 

Ready to join AN expedition?


1. INQUIRE & Apply

Complete the Mission Specialist Inquiry Form.
After you've completed the form, a representative from OceanGate Expeditions will contact you to answer any questions and provide an Application.

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

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