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What will students explore and discover? 


Students will understand the skills and safety awareness required for scuba diving and be able to identify careers that employ diving to accomplish research and other technical work.



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 PADI Open Water dive certification with which they will explore the ocean’s amazing aquatic life, beautiful artificial reefs and historical shipwrecks. 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!

*This is a RESIDENTIAL ONLY program. 


  • Must have completed 8th grade and turn 14 by June 1st. Must not turn 18 before July 31st.
  • Ability to pass PADI medical questionnaire
  • Students must obtain Divers Alert Network (DAN) insurance or equivalent diving coverage prior to program start date.
  • Ability to pass PADI swim test, including 10-minute float or tread in deep water and un-timed 200 meter/yard continuous surface swim.


  • Earn your Open Water Diver Certification (includes eLearning access, pool sessions at UNCW pools, two confined water dives and two ocean dives weather dependent).
  • Enjoy an amazing 4:1 student to Dive Instructor / Dive Master ratio providing personal attention, increased safety, and training tips.
  • Interact with professional divers and learn about diving careers.
  • Participate in an advanced snorkeling adventure.
  • Use population sampling techniques while exploring the saltmarsh.
  • Practice fish identification at the Fort Fisher Aquarium.

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

Dive Hawks diving


Sunday - Friday


Sunday Check-in: 3:00 PM

Friday Pick-Up: 1:00 PM




UNCW Campus - TBD


Week 1: June 11 - 16, 2023

Week 2: June 18 - 23, 2023

Week 5: July 9 - 14, 2023

Week 7: July 23 - 28, 2023


Academic $1,150

Residential $730 (Double Room)

Total Cost $1,880




You must register two weeks prior to the start of the program. 

*Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.  

**Academic tuition includes Open Water Certification eLearning, charter fees, SCUBA equipment rental of BCD, regulator, computer, and wetsuit.  Students are responsible for bringing their own mask, fins, and snorkel.  You can go to a local dive shop or purchase mask, fins, and snorkel on the first day of program at Aquatic Safaris.