The Teen Research Underwater Explorers (TRUE Dive Team) is a 501(c)3, non-profit volunteer organization and was founded in 2010 to teach young men and women about the ocean, using hands-on underwater marine science. TRUE’s roots stretch back a number of years. TRUE was formerly known as the SCUBAnauts International – Tampa Bay Chapter, which was the original SCUBAnauts chapter, originally known as SCUBA Scouts. The mission of the Teen Research Underwater Explorers, or T.R.U.E. Dive Team, is to use marine science and SCUBA diving as tools to mentor young adults (ages 10-18). The hands-on experiences are designed to promote science, active stewardship and conservation of our oceans and coasts, while also building citizenship and leadership capabilities for future generations.”
There are currently 25 youth participants, called ‘Explorers’, ages 12-18. They are led by a group of adult volunteers with diverse backgrounds. (See Organization HQ and Tampa Bay Unit). Because of this diversity, TRUE can mentor the ‘Explorers’ in a variety of different avenues.
The mission of TRUE is to use marine science and SCUBA diving as springboards to provide truly unique experiences for its members. The experiences help the Explorers to learn about the marine environment, but more importantly, about themselves. Each Explorer is part of a team and, over time, acquires greater responsibility within that team and the organization. As the Explorer’s responsibilities grow, so does their leadership skills.
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TRUE Divers, Scholarship Opportunity All, mark your calendars for this scholarship opportunity. If you will be graduating high school in 2014, you qualify for this scholarship due September 15, 2013. A group of ocean lovers and certified scuba divers with a passion for the marine environment announced the founding of the National Marine Conservation Scholarship (NMCS) for high school seniors who are also certified scuba divers, as a way to ensure that the ocean environment is preserved for future generations. Each year, starting with the high school class of 2014, the NMCS will award a $500 scholarship to three National Marine Conservation Scholars, along with naming up to 5 other Finalists and up to 10 other Semi‐Finalists. Applicants will be judged on a combination of an essay; academic and scholastic achievements; extracurricular activities; and commitment to Scuba as measured by certification level and qualifications. The essay must be 400‐600 words, and the topic for the Class of 2014 is: “How has my experience with Scuba increased my interest in / awareness of / or commitment to marine conservation?" By providing scholarships to high school seniors who are also certified Scuba divers, it is the goal of NMCS to enable young scholars to continue to dive, study, and preserve the marine environment with passion, as “a gift from an our generation to the next generation,” according to group members who prefer to remain anonymous. Applicants must be high school students graduating in the class of 2014 who are also certified scuba divers by either PADI or NAUI. Applications must be received by September 15, 2013, and winners will be announced by October 15, 2013. For detailed scholarship rules and more information, including how to apply, please visit www.marineconservationscholarship.org. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 19:53 2013-03-29 Comment
TRUE Dive Team, this Saturday March 2, Florida Sea Grant and Expedition Florida 500 are pleased to host a Canoe & Kayak coastal cleanup from 9am-12pm at Weedon Island Preserve. We need your help! Register today to earn volunteer hours! Visit http://canoecleanup.eventbrite.com/#. The Florida Public Archaeology Network will also be hosting events throughout the day at Weedon Island for National Archaeology Month. More information available at http://weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com/.
Posted: 15:41 2013-02-26 Comment
Explorers, this is something some of you should consider applying for! TRUE leaders can help review your proposals. Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers an opportunity to receive a $1,000 grant to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants
Posted: 7:07 2012-12-22 Comment
Friends of TRUE and Marine Science Enthusiasts, The Pinellas County Sea Grant Marine Research Speaker series will kick off next Thursday. I will speak on "Coral Spawning". I encourage ALL to attend. Event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is Encouraged.http://coralspawning-eorg.eventbrite.com/ And of course, there will be representation of TRUE in photos, videos, and discussion of citizen science in my presentation! I hope to have some good TRUE Representation (in TRUE attire!) in the audience.
Posted: 10:49 2012-08-29 Comment
Just wanted to share that I officially switched my major to Marine Science and I will be one of the first people from UF to graduate with this degree ^_^ Makin' history! And I get to take a research dive master course in the spring... and it will count towards my major. B-) Happy with my decision.
Posted: 13:58 2012-08-26 Comment
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- TRUE approaching spring training season, soon summer dive season! Check out upcoming dates http://t.co/Hvm1oTCkRC 10:13:37 PM March 04, 2013
- RT @PinellaSeaGrant: @TRUEDiveTeam explorer Gracie Wilkinson helps clean shoreline of #Weedon #OceanHour @XF500 @AskExtension @motherocean 03:54:38 PM March 02, 2013
- TRUE Dive Team MEETING - http://t.co/3cKxTsTMq4 04:16:25 PM February 21, 2013
- TRUE Dive Team MEETING - http://t.co/y9V5mLhonP 10:33:44 PM February 20, 2013