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Leadership Academy for Boys

Must have completed 6th grade and turn 12 by June 1st

The ocean is the largest unexplored place on Earth – less than 5% of it has been explored. The next generation of explorers and researchers will find great opportunities for discovery, innovation, and investigation. You can begin your journey to become one of these explorers with Sea LAB. Review the achievements of early explorers and learn how they changed the way we explore the marine environment. Investigate the fields of marine technology and engineering during a research cruise. Study morphological adaptations of the marine specimens you collect. Use technology to visualize the ocean floor and analyze the water column. Learn the importance of ocean monitoring by deploying a small working buoy to collect data. From SCUBA to AUVs, ocean exploration has challenged men for decades. You can meet this challenge by spending a day with Discover Scuba Diving (no prior experience necessary) and learning how to handle an ROV. Who knows, you might become the next Jacques Cousteau?

Field excursions include:

  • Ocean research cruise with an emphasis on marine technology; coastal habitat exploration by kayak; field trips to the beach, marsh, discover scuba pool session, Center for Marine Science, and other marine facilities.

Highlights include:

  • Get real hands-on experience with some of the latest research tools such as GPS hand-held units, Vernier probeware and data collectors. Participate in a research cruise while learning how to map the ocean floor and analyze side scan sonar data. Work in teams to build your own energy machine. Learn about buoy designs from coastal ocean professionals. Try out diving by participating in a Discover SCUBA diving course where you will learn about basic scuba skills and safety in a pool environment.. Develop skills and confidence in leadership roles. Meet, interact with, and learn from inspirational UNCW research scientists and professional divers. Complete a meaningful service learning project.

*New leadership curriculum

Program Dates and Tuition

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday - Friday


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

Staff / Student Ratio:


SCUBA Ratio:



UNCW Campus

Summer 2019 Dates:

June 30 - July 5

Residential Tuition:




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.

Residential Information

MarineQuest Airline Information | PDF

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 (including cell phones) is allowed.
  • You will receive a Welcome Packet with detailed information on what to bring after registering.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.
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