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Dive Hawks: Ages 14-17

Must have completed 8th grade and turn 14 by June 1st. Must not turn 18 before July 31st.

Prerequisite: (1)Students must obtain Divers Alert Network (DAN) insurance or equivalent diving coverage prior to program start date.(2) Ability to pass PADI swim test, including 10 minute float or tread in deep water and un-timed 200 meter/yard continuous surface swim.

Dive into the world beneath the sea with MarineQuest's "deeply" rewarding Dive Hawks program. This week long dive intensive marine science experience will provide serious teen marine enthusiasts with an opportunity to earn their open water dive certification with which they will explore the ocean's amazing aquatic life, beautiful artificial reefs and historical ship wrecks. Learn how SCUBA has changed the way marine scientists study the ocean through underwater research techniques. Explore the careers of an underwater archeologist, media diver, and scientific diver. Familiarize yourself with SCUBA equipment, diving techniques, and dive safety while gaining the skills needed to become a confident diver. Dive Hawks is more than just a way to get SCUBA certified, it is an opportunity to open your eyes to new depths in modern marine science!

Field excursions include:

  • NC Underwater Archaeology Center; UNCW Center for Marine Science; Stone Tug Wreck, Old Dredge Wreck, snorkel excursion, marsh, beach, and NC Aquarium.

Highlights include:

  • Opportunity to earn your Open Water Diver Certification (includes three class sessions, two pool sessions, two confined water dives and two ocean dives); Enjoy an amazing 1:4 student to Dive Instructor / Dive Master ratio providing personal attention, increased safety, and training tips; Interaction with professional divers and learn about diving careers; Discussions on local marine life and local invasive species (Lion Fish); beach trips; boat trips and more…

Hannah really enjoyed the program and is definitely "hooked" on diving. I think you can count on seeing her back next year for one of your other scuba programs... Dive Hawks is a wonderful opportunity and was truly the highlight of Hannah's summer! -Karen S, parent

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday - Friday


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

Staff / Student Ratio:

SCUBA Ratio: 1:4
Location: UNCW Campus
Summer 2018 Dates: TBD

Residential Tuition:


* Tuition will include scuba equipment rental, wetsuit rental and all dives fees.

** Students will be responsible for bringing mask, snorkel and fins (may be purchased at program for a discounted rate through local dive shop)

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.

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