High School Adventures

Curaçao Marine Biology Adventure

Immerse yourself in marine biology. Dive into the water and surround yourself with species you’ve only seen in books. Join new friends on an adventure to a unique Caribbean island.

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Sun-filled days of scuba diving and protecting coral reefs

  • Experience the underwater world through hands-on tropical marine biology projects.
  • Help restore and protect coral reefs by building a coral nursery and evaluating the health of the marine ecosystem.
  • Swim past brilliant marine life during the day and witness bioluminescence at night with the help of your PADI dive and marine biology instructors.
  • Come together as a team to learn how to scuba dive and practice group research.
  • Live at the beach and watch the sunset over the ocean every night.
  • Explore Curaçao by visiting historic Willemstad, kayaking through mangroves, paddle boarding over crystal clear water, hiking to the top of a mountain and losing count of all the Caribbean wildlife you see.
PROGRAM DATES COST AVAILABILITY
June 17 - July 6, 2021 $6,180 Available Enroll Now
July 10 - July 29, 2021 $6,180 Available Enroll Now
“This program is perfect for anyone full of wanderlust with a strong passion for the ocean and marine science. Being able to expand my knowledge on coral was an eye-opening experience that only further reinforced my love for the ocean and the beauties of the natural world. The ability to dive with such magnificent creatures including octopus, squid and sea turtles is amazing. For aspiring marine biologists this course is great to better understand working in the field.” Jules, high school alumna

This summer programs for marine biology offers:

2

Credits Available

3

Certifications Available

9

Service Hours

Two natural science credits available through Lesley University.

Course description: This course examines the biology and ecology of tropical marine communities and demonstrates research techniques and equipment that marine biologists commonly use. Interactive labs and scuba dives give you the opportunity to explore the environments you study through coursework.

Course objectives:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the oceans and marine life.
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of life in the oceans to the history of life on the planet.
  • Learn to identify and describe the diversity of life found in the oceans.
  • Understand how individuals, populations and communities interact with each other and their physical environments.
  • Learn about the fragility of marine communities and the major threats to the health of marine life.
  • Gain experience conducting group research and presenting on a marine science topic of your choosing.
  • Practice collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Understand how marine biologists conduct research in the field and in labs in order to better understand ecological and evolutionary relationships.

Three PADI scuba certifications available:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Coral Restoration Diver Specialty

Nine hours of service learning through projects dedicated to coral reef conservation.

Requirements:

  • Available to students completing grades 9-12. No additional experience necessary.