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Contact Marinequest

(910) 962-2640



2016 Application Form (coming Fall 2015)


Program Information

Cancellation Policy | PDF

PADI Medical Statement | PDF


OCEANS Brochure


residential information

MarineQuest Airline Information

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 (see above link for more details).

Residential FAQ's

• Linens are provided - DO NOT bring sheets, pillows, and blankets. 

• Laundry facilities are available at no cost - bring detergent

• No electronic equipment (other than cell phones) is allowed.

 You will receive a Welcome Packet with detailed information on what to bring after registering.


Student working on a ROV

MarineQuest SCUBA diving summer camp student

OCEANS: Ages 15 - 16

Ocean Career Exploration and Nautical Science

Must have completed 9th grade and turn 15 by June 1st  

Think you want to be a marine biologist? How about an oceanographer? Maybe you prefer marine technology specialist? You can check out your career options at our program designed to let you step into the swim fins of different types of marine scientists. Gain first-hand experience using a variety of field equipment to collect data and monitor the marine environment. Participate in a full day research cruise to collect specimens and learn how to use aboard ship instruments. Try out diving by participating in a PADI Discover SCUBA diving course - no prior experience necessary. Discover how underwater remotely operated vehicles support ocean exploration and try your hand at flying our Video Ray. You'll be amazed by the career options marine science has for you.

Field excursions include:

  • Six-hour research cruise on the ocean; a trip to an undeveloped barrier island, field trips to beach, marshes, fouling station, rocky intertidal zone, sea turtle hospital, marine technology program, aquaculture lab, rock fossil quarry, Center for Marine Science, and other marine facilities.

Highlights include:

  • Build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and complete an underwater mission; interact with UNCW research scientists; explore a variety of marine habitats while performing a comparative biological study; experience scuba diving in confined water during a PADI discover scuba diving course; do transect analysis while snorkeling; conduct field research using Vernier LabQuest hand-held computers, plot marine debris and perform a beach profile using GPS, analyze phytoplankton and chlorophyll data for a NOAA sponsored program, analyze side scan sonar and CTD probe data, participate in marine animal dissections, study wave formation with boogie board oceanography; take a surf lesson; and more…

Deciding to go to camp OCEANS was one of the best decisions I've made because I got to experience UNCW and Wilmington myself. Camp helped me decide that UNCW will be my number one choice when I apply this fall. Thanks again! -Morgan

 Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday - Friday (two week program)


Friday pick-up/final presentation at 12:30 p.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:

SCUBA Ratio: 1:4
Location: UNCW Campus
Summer 2016 Dates:


Residential Tuition:


Gender: Co-ed

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

Before completing your application, please review the Cancellation Policy | PDF and the expected MarineQuest Student Code of Conduct | PDF.

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here to submit their recommendation.

Please Note: A completed application does not register you for your program. All applications will first be reviewed by the MarineQuest Staff and upon acceptance, you will receive an e-mail explaining the next step in the registration process.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.
• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
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