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MarineQuest’s environmental and community service program is catching some waves this summer! Learn to surf while also completing 16 hours of community service.  Projects include coastal restoration efforts, citizen science initiatives and sharing the wonders of the ocean with undeserved kids.  The fun doesn't stop there!   Brush up on your leadership skills and learn how to be a strong team leader while serving and learning to surf.

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

Field excursions include:

  • Tour Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach
  • Visit the UNCW Center for Marine Science
  • Learn more about our Coastal Ecosystems

Highlights include:

  • Earn 16+ hours of community service while making new friends (A certificate and description of service projects completed will be awarded at Friday parent presentations)
  • Daily surfing lessons
  • Experience paddle boarding
  • Interaction with surfing professionals
  • Beach trips
  • Beginners surfing contest
  • Discussions on coastal/shoreline issues and completion of coastal restoration projects
  • Participation in citizen science projects
  • Leadership activities including volunteer service with Ocean Cure

Useful Links:

Meet MarineQuest's Surf Partner: Odysea Surf School! Odysea Surf School was founded and is run by Kevin Murphy, who was recognized in 2018 for his partner foundation, Ocean Cure which provides surf lessons for people with disabilities. Learn more about Kevin and Ocean Cure here.



Table Info

Day(s) of Week

Sunday/Monday - Friday


8:00 AM - 3:45 PM (Friday pick-up/final presentation at 1:00 PM)

Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3:00 PM while commuting students join the program Monday at 8:00 AM.

Staff / Student Ratio



UNCW Campus

Summer 2020 Dates

Week 3: June 28 - July 3, 2020

Week 7: July 26 - 31, 2020

Commuter Tuition


Residential Tuition



You must register by 5:00 PM the Wednesday before your program is to begin. *Commuter students should apply for the Sunday start day. You will be able to select whether you are commuter or residential in the application and the correct price will be applied to your account. You program will begin Monday morning.