Frequently Asked Questions/MarineQuestions
Below is a list of common questions we receive. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 910/962.2640.
After having looked at our developmental profile chart you may discover that your child meets one of the requirements but not both. Our preference is that they at least meet the grade requirement but we strongly recommend that they also meet the age requirement. If you still feel this camp best meets your child's needs, you can petition the MarineQuest Director for an exception. All requests/petitions for student who do not meet both of the age/grade program requirements must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any exception will be made at the discretion of the MarineQuest Director.
Hopefully by now you have been to the individual program websites and have determined the program and the dates you'd like your child to attend. Once you have done this, you can register your child online if they are in the following programs: Sea Squirts, Sea Safari, Sea Dawgs, Mermaids, ArtSea Mini, Sea Sibs, Coastal Cruisers, Cape Crusaders, ArtSea Jr, Sea Angels, Sea Devils, Sea Mates, and Sea Chums Register now!
If your child is interested in our older programs (Coast Trek, Ocean Trek, Shore Shots, ArtSea, Ocean Lab, Surf - n - Science, Sea Shots, TechnOcean Jr., Ocean CheMystery, Dive Hawks, MQ Jr. Scientific Diver, O.C.E.A.N.S., and Oceans 17) they must first submit an application and a teacher recommendation form. To do this, go to our application page and following the link to your selected program. Once your child is accepted, we will send you the information that will let you register for this program.
Once you have registered and paid, you should receive a confirmation e-mail. If you did not receive this e-mail please call the registration office at 910.962/2640. Once you have registered you should receive a link to obtain your child's program welcome packet. These packets will have all pertinent information regarding your program, where to go, what to bring, etc. If you have any additional questions please call the MarineQuest office at 910.962/2640.
Through the generosity of area donors UNCW Youth Programs is able to offer a limited number of need-based (financial or at-risk youth) scholarships to North Carolina residents for select commuter programs. If you have further questions or would like to be considered for a scholarship please email us at email@example.com to be put on our waiting list.
A limited number of select merit based partial scholarships may also be made available for the O.C.E.A.N.S program. These funds are fairly limited however, and we encourage you to seek support from your local area groups such as churches, rotary clubs, etc. if you are in need of extra funding.
The Oceans 17 program is designed for our oldest students. However, if you have previously completed a summer session in our O.C.E.A.N.S. or Ocean CHEMystery, you may apply to attend Oceans 17.
The most likely reason you have not heard back from us is that we are still waiting to receive your teacher recommendation form. If you are positive that your teacher has sent the form to us, please contact us and let us know and we will attempt to resolve the problem. You may also want to check your "spam" or "trash" folder in your e-mail account. We have noticed that G-mail accounts often "spam" out e-mails sent from addresses marked with .edu.
Due to planning and reservations of summer activities, we must have all our student information into us no later than the Wednesday before your program begins. Please consider joining us for the following week of camp. In extreme circumstances, you can petition the MarineQuest Director for an exception or call the registration office at 910.962/2640.
All pick-up and drop-off will happen on the UNCW campus unless otherwise noted. The exact location will be sent to you in your camper welcome packet. These packets will be made available to you when your registration is complete.
This information will be available to you when your registration is complete and you are provided a link to your student's welcome packet. One of the most important items your child will NEED to have is a water bottle with them every day.
What to Bring/Wear | PDF - Commuter/Day Programs
What to Bring / Wear | PDF - Residential Programs
What to Bring / Wear | PDF - SCUBA Diving Certification Programs (includes Oceans 17)
While it doesn't hurt to know how to swim, it is not necessary. MarineQuest can provide floatation devices and PFDs while in or near the water and your child will never be forced to go into any water against their will. MarineQuest employs certified lifeguards that supervise all water-based activities.
MarineQuest residential students are housed along with our Residence Life staff in UNCW dormitories on campus. These dormitories have 24-hour surveillance and A/C. Males and females are separated in the dorms and have their own bathroom facilities. MarineQuest also has staff on-call 24 hours a day in case of emergencies. Roommates will be randomly assigned unless you or your child specify otherwise. Rooms are usually shared by two students of the same age.
Yes, payment plan information is program specific. To view our full tuition payment plan policy details, visit the "tuition payment plan information" link under the appropriate camp web page. To establish a payment plan you will be required to pay your program's minimum deposit at the time of your registration. Full payment will be required by 30 days prior to your program start date, with additional payment(s) in between.
You must provide a copy of a report card (the most current one) as well as a letter of recommendation from an individual that has observed your child in a learning or group environment. For examples, scout leaders, youth group leaders, etc.
To ensure that our programs are of the highest quality, we plan, schedule activities, and hire staff months before summer begins. Therefore, last minute cancellations are particularly difficult for us to fill since most students have already made other arrangements for the summer. To view our full cancellation policy, visit the cancellation policy link under the appropriate camp web page.
The MarineQuest staff is more than happy to pick-up and drop-off students at Wilmington International Airport at no cost. An airline request form is required. For more information, see our MarineQuest Airline Information Page.
We prefer electronic forms whenever possible. If you don't have access to a scanner but you have a smart phone, try JotNot for iOS or Document Scanner for Android. If you don't have access to a smart phone or a scanner you will need to contact MarineQuest directly to make special arrangements for the submission of documents by calling 910-962-2640.
If you are participating in program that includes some level of SCUBA diving you may dive in confined water, open water, or both. The type of water you will dive in depends on caliber of diving you will do. Confined water dives take place in a pool or pool-like conditions. Open water dives may take place in the ocean and/or lake. If weather or rough seas prevent a scheduled open water ocean dive to take place we will typically relocate to an open water lake.