Our mission

Deep HOPE’s mission is to explore the deep ocean in order to gather scientific data about the health and well-being of the deep-water ecosystems that exist below where sunlight can penetrate. The goal is to study the deep water habitats at several different spots around the globe that have been identified as important Hope Spots by Dr. Sylvia Earle.


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Dr. Sylvia Earle

How Deep HOPE rose from the depths

Dr. Sylvia Earle has played an integral role in the development of ocean exploration technologies for decades. She has spent more than 7,000 hours underwater on expeditions worldwide during a career in ocean conservation that began in the 1960s. Her goals have never wavered, the ocean and its protection. For all of our sake.

Using her training as a marine scientist and combining it with real-world underwater exploration experience, Dr. Earle has the unique ability to design and create underwater exploration vehicles that are truly in a class by themselves.

The Deep HOPE ocean exploration submersibles, HOPE 1000 and HOPE 2000, are a culmination of her lifelong quest for the perfect way to study, understand and apply the results of such exploration in a manner that benefits all of humanity.

Building the reality

In addition to the unique way in which our subs may be transported, boarded and launched, Deep HOPE designed a submersible that can be utilized by researchers as well as private citizens either conducting citizen science, or to enjoy the splendors of the deep as an interested visitor traveling to a realm where very few have gone before. Truly, deep sea tourism. This dual classification for both science and tourism is critical to our mission. To make sure we get it absolutely perfect, we have teamed up with Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER).

DOER was the first to achieve dual classification for research and tourism on a submersible and understands the importance of operating a classed submersible. Just as ships, aircraft, and helicopters are certified and periodically inspected/maintained, so are classed submersibles. This ensures safety and reliable operations over the life of the submersible while addressing the practical concerns associated with taking citizen scientists into the field.

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Operating the subs

Trained pilots operate the submersibles. The primary piloting position is to the rear of the craft leaving the best view for scientists or guests. Dual manipulators are used for collecting samples or maneuvering cameras. Water communications keep the submersible in direct contact with the surface diving supervisor at all times. A tracking system monitors the position of the submersible. A surface tender remains in the diving area as with any other diving operation. By utilizing, training and engaging local people as pilots and technicians, they will be key influencers in driving an understanding and realizing the economic value of the ocean.

The HOPE 1000 and HOPE 2000 deep ocean submersibles have in excess of eight hours of battery power plus emergency battery power. This allows for either one long or two shorter exploratory dives in a single day. In addition, the submersibles have 96 hours of life support for three people. While all marine operations are weather reliant, it is entirely plausible to achieve at least 250 dives per year or more. This level of utilization is not typical for research submersibles or even yacht-based submersibles, but is uniquely possible with the submersibles being designed by the Deep HOPE team of professionals.

What’s being said about Deep HOPE

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Our Alliance

These non-profits have missions that align with Deep HOPE’s, with visions of a healthier ocean for the future.

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