Our Mission DiveN2Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides children and youth with the education and experience to affect positive individual, social, and environmental change. We mobilize their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, and connect them with research service learning opportunities where participants use their knowledge and talents to address problems in the field.

What We Do

DiveN2Life is an extracurricular enrichment program that utilizes SCUBA diving and scientific research diving as the tools to attract and engage adolescents and young adults to STEM and active citizenship. Data collected since June 2016 has shown that youth’s interest in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the humanities (geography, anthropology, civics, and underwater archaeology) increases because they discover real-life applications for the concepts and content they are learning in school. Students’ motivation to study these subjects in school increases, and they perform better in their classes. Our participants develop leadership skills, responsibility, problem solving skills, empathy, organizational and communication skills, and strong self-regulation and self-efficacy—and they make new friends! DiveN2Life’s academic and social-emotional curriculum ensures students are provided with the teachers, mentors, experiences, knowledge, and connections they need to prepare for college and careers.

It's Real Science!

Coral sedimentation survey completed by a DiveN2Lifer for a scholastic STEM fair.

Who We Serve

DiveN2Life is an academic extracurricular STEM and scientific research diving program that serves gifted and highly motivated children ages eight and up. We introduce students to the ocean and the marine environment through hands-on, experiential place-based learning in and under the water. Once participants have learned to dive, they begin designing and conducting research service learning projects which address issues, their interests, and multiple problems present in their local communities, the region, and the nation.

It's More Than Observation!

Teaching the next generation of active citizens to strive for positive impacts on the sport of diving; their natural environment; their cultural heritage, and our communities.

How We Serve

Our Jr. Scientific Divers work alongside AAUS (American Association of Underwater Sciences) professionals, and are trained as AAUS Science Divers. They continuously develop their SCUBA diving knowledge, skills, and practices through SSI (SCUBA Schools International) Specialty Courses as they work towards Master Diver (the highest level of SCUBA experience before becoming a dive professional) and Dive Master ratings. Participants design and carry out research service learning projects and studies under the direct supervision and guidance of mentors; researchers present their work at local, regional, state, and national competitions, symposiums, and conferences. We meet with our elected officials and participate in civic expression. But, DiveN2Life is not all work! Our program is challenging, but we also have a great time learning, working, and SCUBA diving together!

DiveN2Life is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and all scientific research diving and training is conducted under their auspices.
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