Teaching Interdisciplinary & Experiential Sciences

TIDES™ is a multi-year, immersive marine science program for 7th -12th graders that combines rigorous interdisciplinary science curriculum, hands-on learning, and confidence-building scuba training to unlock students’ natural curiosity and passion for the ocean.

As part of TIDES, students receive real-life experiences in marine research and scientific diving. These place-based learning opportunities provide a window into the careers of marine scientists, technicians, and field researchers. Students will practice critical thinking and data analysis, which together introduce them to the process of asking questions, defining problems, and carrying out investigations into real-world settings.

In the classroom, students begin by investigating the seven principles of Ocean Literacy. These fundamental concepts will provide the backbone to understanding how we are connected to the ocean and why it’s so important. Students will then learn about coral reefs and their amazing inhabitants and start to understand the many factors that affect their health. By the time they graduate from the TIDES program, students will have a developed and refined understanding of the marine environment and be well positioned to pursue a career in a number of related fields.

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The versatile TIDES program permits students to enter at any grade and even the most ambitious will find themselves challenged throughout our four and six-year programs. Divided into three components, TIDES includes scuba training, classroom science, and fieldwork.

Learning to scuba dive builds confidence, self-esteem, and a passion for marine science. Students receive invaluable insights about themselves and a foundation to continue their paths as divers and ocean ambassadors. They will also have the opportunity to conduct underwater surveys, explore shipwrecks, study coral seeding, and become an underwater naturalist and photographer.



"Our middle school divers enjoyed one of the most impactful experiences of their young lives in Grand Cayman with TIDES. The TIDES program frames diving in terms of understanding the marine realm, and using dive skills to move beyond recreational diving. Our year-two students are collecting fish survey data and using their newfound digital underwater photography skills to document reef health."

- Steve Newman | Science Teacher | Kent Denver School

TIDES not only provides an incredible formula for combining scuba training, classroom science, and fieldwork, it’s also designed to help dive centers market and sell their services to the largest emerging demographic within the industry, millennials. These adventurous, tech-savvy and conscientious consumers represent the future of scuba diving. The TIDES program has demonstrated a proven formula to target this youth demographic, which helps lay the foundation for the marine scientists, stewards, and explorers of tomorrow.

TIDES Schools:

  • Kent Denver School, Denver, CO
  • Alexander Dawson School, Boulder, CO
  • Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, Erie, CO
  • Graland Country Day School, Denver, CO
  • BASIS Oro Valley, Oro Valley, AZ
  • Hilltop High School, Chula Vista, CA
  • Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO

TIDES Dive Centers:

  • Black Swamp Scuba (Perrysburg, OH)
  • 72 Aquatics (Tucson, AZ)
  • Underwater Connection (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Divers Supply Indy (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Channel Islands Scuba (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Engaging Content for Today’s Student

From a full-year of curriculum to one-hour supplemental visual content, we provide a variety of content developed to give students a unique opportunity to participate in scientific inquiry, critical thinking, analyzing and interpreting data, and constructing explanations based on evidence.