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

Prerequisite: (1) Students must have open water dive certification from a nationally recognized organization to attend Sea Shots. (2)Students must obtain Divers Alert Network (DAN) insurance or equivalent diving coverage prior to program start date. (3) Ability to pass PADI swim test, including 10 minute float or tread in deep water and un-timed 200 meter/yard continuous surface swim.

Are you a fan of Animal Planet, National Geographic or the Discovery Channel? Ever wonder what it would be like to document the underwater world yourself? Join MarineQuest and explore the ocean through a new lens as you become an expertly trained, certified Digital Underwater Photographer and Nitrox diver! While diving into this exciting underwater world professional dive instructors will work with you to improve your buoyancy and navigation skills as you set off to complete an underwater exploration project using digital photography. Whether you are completing a photo journal of local marine life or doing a photo documentation of local shipwrecks, your chosen project will provide you with the opportunity to think, observe and document like a real marine scientist. Learn editing techniques. All Sea Shooters will exhibit their final projects at the end of the week as they share their new discoveries.

*Earn your Nitrox certification!

Field excursions include:

  • Dive beautiful shipwrecks (weather dependent) including the Stone Tug, Old Dredge, the Markham, and the infamous Hyde Dredge; Trips to various local marine habitats, the UNCW Center for Marine Science; Wrightsville Beach and more….

Highlights include:

  • Enjoy six dives with an amazing 4:1 student to dive master / instructor ratio providing personal attention and training tips; 2 of the 6 dives will be on Nitrox; opportunity to earn Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Diver certification and Nitrox certification; complete an underwater exploration project, interact with professional dive instructors as they work with you to improve your buoyancy skills; learn about underwater navigation, underwater photography, lighting fundamentals, underwater composition and equipment maintenance and care; gain experience with post-processing photos using computers; and test your diving skills with an introduction to underwater videography. Exploration projects may include discussions on local marine life, local invasive species, marine conservation issues and more…

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Program Dates and Tuition

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday - Friday


Friday pick up/final presentation at 1:00 p.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:


SCUBA Ratio:



UNCW Campus

Summer 2019 Dates:

July 14 - 19

Residential Tuition:


* Tuition includes scuba equipment rental. wetsuit rental and all dives fees. MarineQuest is pleased to announce that we will continue to use Aquatic Safaris & Diver's Emporium for all dive training, instruction and travel.

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

*** Students are encouraged to provide their own digital camera and underwater housing but not required. MarineQuest uses SeaLife and GoPro Hero underwater cameras (user agreement required).



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.
• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
• Questions? Call 910.962.2640 or send an e-mail to
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