What is MarineLab?
MarineLab is an NRSC sponsored event for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle or high school students. The program includes snorkeling activities in a variety of different marine communities. MarineLab is currently only available to students in the Southeast region of the United States.
Where is MarineLab program located?
The MarineLab program is located in Key Largo, Florida, and is hosted in collaboration with the Marine Resources Development Foundation in the Florida Keys.
Who can apply to MarineLab?
Any deaf or hard-of-hearing student who is currently in middle or high school in one of the 12 NRSC-supported Southeast states can apply to the program.
How do I know if I have been accepted to the MarineLab program?
We will begin contacting applicants and their teachers roughly 2-3 months before the event. We will begin the process of booking flights at this time.
How do I get to the MarineLab camp?
NRSC will coordinate with the teachers of eligible students and purchase plane tickets to and from MarineLab camp at no cost. Transportation from the airport to the site (and back to the airport at the end of the program) will also be arranged for students at no cost.
Do I need to pay for transportation costs?
NRSC will cover costs for flights for all eligible students to MarineLab! Students will fly with their teachers.
Where do I stay? Where do I go to eat?
Teachers and students will stay on MarineLab's property. MarineLab has its own dormitory with bunk beds. We provide 24/7 supervision. We have arranged for all meals to be provided at MarineLab.
I have gone to an NRSC sponsored event before. Can I apply again?
Yes, you may apply. You will be placed on a waitlist. We place a priority on bringing in students who have never been to the camp. If spots are available, students will be selected from the waitlist based on the order the application was received.
What if we live close to the camp location and don't need to fly?
You may arrange for your own transportation to the camp location.
Who will supervise my child at the camp?
NRSC takes supervision 24/7 very seriously. We hire the best dorm staff from Alabama School for the Deaf, who are experienced in supervising students at night. During the day, our NRSC staff and chaperones supervise.
How can parents or guardians contact their child in case of an emergency?
NRSC will provide all parents with the necessary contact information one week before the event occurs. In the unlikely event NRSC staff are not able to be reached, you may contact MarineLab directly at 305-451-1139.