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Welcome to the Marine Education Program blog! Visit this site for information about our efforts to incorporate boating, scuba diving and marine related fields into our unique combination of education, behavior modification, and treatment to help at-risk youth discover their full potential and guiding them on their paths to a positive future.

11 youth experience Scuba Diving in Jacksonville

by Jorge Mahauad | Sep 05, 2018



St. Petersburg, FL
August 31, 2018


The AMIkids Marine Education Program brought the life changing experience of scuba diving to our school in Jacksonville. 11 youth had different interactions with dive theory and practice in the water. Special thanks to JAX board member Alan Learch who helped fund the pool at the Jacksonville program and physically helped with students in the water.



Discover Scuba is one of the components of the Marine Education experiential approach and  has been at the core of AMIkids programming from the beginning. We are currently embarking on an ambitious expansion of the Marine Education Program, to offer this experience to even more at-risk youth. 

Research shows that kids who participate in experiential learning form a stronger bond with their teachers, therapists, and other staff. Those bonds, and the trust that develops within a meaningful relationship with our kids, help us to serve them better. 

In addition, experiential education opportunities are used as an incentive within AMIkids programs for youth who are working toward academic and behavioral goals. It also offers the opportunity for a mutual start in exploring new activities, leveling the playing field for students of diverse life histories to engage in the learning and to connect with one another and the environment around them.

The AMIkids Marine Education Program is based on strong environmental values and involves participants with their natural surroundings.