Youth Marine Education Programs
Marine adventure and curriculum programs for youth. Valuing affordability and targeting at-risk, low-income, and underprivileged youth who otherwise would not be able to experience the marine environment.
Type: Annual, multiple
Number of Scholarships: 10-15
Yearly, Kids Sea Camp and Ocean Wishes Charity sponsor diving scholarships and training grants to kids that would not normally have the opportunity to scuba dive. These grants are for underprivileged kids that need financial assistance in pursuing scuba.
More information: call 1-803-419-2556
Type: Annual Programs
Number of Opportunities: 3 different class options
DWP is a non-profit dedicated to exposing adults and youth to the preservation of maritime archeology and marine conservation through SCUBA, all with a focus on the African Diaspora. There are three DWP programs; Maritime Archeology Training Program, Coral Reef Training Program (with CRF™!), and Youth Diving with a Purpose.
Opportunities for (dependant on program):
High School or College Students
Non-scuba certified students
Scuba certified students with 25-30 logged dives (dependant on program)
Type: Annual Programs
Number of Opportunities: Location-dependent
Expanding nationally with roots in southern Florida, AMIkids has been providing vocational training to at-risk youth in marine-related fields since the 60s. These trainings include scuba diving, boating, fishing, mechanics and more! Find a program near you via their website.
Contact AMIkids to determine eligibility
Type: Multiple-travel, local community and virtual
Number of Opportunities: One annual travel program, Others based on location
SeaSmart is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to raise awareness of and develop advocates for ocean conservation, marine biology and SCUBA via adult and student local and travel programs and camps. We believe this is best accomplished through unique, experiential learning in locations where participants have a direct impact on endangered marine inhabitants and ecosystems, developing an “explorer mindset.” SeaSmart strives to bring these empowering opportunities for learning to students of all socioeconomic levels with a special focus on ensuring underrepresented and redirected demographics gain exposure to these important topics.
Many of these opportunities are offered annually! If the deadline has passed, check back to see if you can apply the following year.