Marine Biology Summer Surf Camp at UNCW male surfing student on surfboard

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MarineQuest Office




Will be available Fall 2014 for Summer 2015

Program Information

Cancellation Policy | PDF

surf-n-science brochure

Surf-n-Science | PDF


 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.

What to Bring/Wear | PDF

 teenagers learning to surf on the beach


UNCW MarineQuest Marine Biology and Surfing Camp girl stand up paddleboarding

Surf-n-Science: Ages 14-17

Must have completed 8th grade and turn 14 by June 1st

Get stoked for a "swell" week of learning the science behind surfing while you rip it up on the big blue ocean with Surf-n-Science! This week long program has paired surfing with marine science to provide young marine enthusiasts the opportunity to develop surfing skills while gaining a foundational understanding of modern marine science. Learn how marine science has inspired the way surfing has developed into the amazing sport it is today through an exciting week of "hands-on feet-wet" field-based and laboratory activities. Explore ocean physics and board design,and compete in a MarineQuest beginners surfing contest.  Familiarize yourself with surfing and paddleboarding equipment, techniques, and safety while gaining the skills needed to become a lifelong surfer.  You will leave Surf-n-Science with a surfer's tan, a scientist's brain, and a smile on your face!

Already a surfer? Already attended Surf-n-Science? As us about our intermediate and advanced program accommodations!

Field excursions include:

  • Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, UNCW Center for Marine Science, Coastal Ecosystems

Highlights include:

  • Daily surfing lessons led by professional surfing instructors; daily hands-on marine science based field and lab experiences; stand-up paddleboarding;  interaction with surfing professionals; beach trips; beginners surfing contest; discussions on coastal/shoreline issues, ocean chemistry, marine life; surf art project; and more…

 Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday - Friday


8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. pick-up on Friday is at 1:00 p.m.

Staff / Child Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus
Summer 2015 Dates:

TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014

Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3 p.m. while commuting students join the program Monday at 8 a.m.
Commuter Tuition:

TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014

(will include surf equipment and instruction fees!)

Residential Tuition:

TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014

(will include surf equipment and instruction fees!)

Click here for tuition payment plan information

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00pm the Tuesday before your program is to begin.

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

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here to submit their teacher recommendation (link will be available Fall 2014 for Summer 2015).

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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