Frequently Asked Questions  

If the program gets canceled due to Covid-19 will I get my money back?

If the program is canceled by CMERA due to Covid-19 or any other reason, all monies paid in are refundable.

How many weeks should I sign up for?

The short answer is as many weeks as you are able to attend. Everyone's situation and availability are different and therefore you can come for just one week or attend for four or more weeks depending on your schedule. The more weeks you attend, the more experience you will gain and the more animals you will be able to tag,

collect data on and release. Additionally, those participants staying multiple weeks will be able to set their own schedule for the weekends and participate in activities on their own or with fellow participants.

Who can sign up for the program?

Anyone over the age of 18 with a desire to participate in a field research project studying sharks and sting rays.​ 

​Will I be accepted into the program?
We have an open enrollment policy to allow as many students as possible to participate in our program. If there is space during the week or weeks you are requesting, you will be accepted into the program after receipt of your deposit.

If the week I requested is full, will I get my deposit back?
If you submit an application and deposit for a week that is full you will receive your entire deposit back.

If my schedule changes, can I change the weeks I will attend?
Provided there is availability in the weeks you want to move to.

How much does the summer program cost?
​The summer program costs $769 per week if you sign up during early enrollment (prior to Dec 31) and is $869 per week between Jan 1 and March 31.

Is housing included?
Housing is not included in the tuition price.

Is housing available?​ Yes.
We provide housing at a fixed cost of $185 per week that you attend the program. Housing starts on Sunday night and ends the following Saturday morning unless you are staying for multiple weeks in which case Saturday night is also included.

If I sign up with one of my friends can we stay in the same room?
You can stay in the same room, you just need to let us know once you are accepted into the program who you would like to house with.

Can I bring my pet?
​The short answer is no. However, if you have a small animal such as a hamster, fish, snake or some other small animal that is kept in a cage or aquarium it may be possible. Please contact us regarding your specific situation.

​When is the housing payment due?
​All housing payments are due prior to March 31 of the year you are attending regardless of when your enroll. An invoice for housing payments will be sent to all participants staying in our housing prior to that date.

Can I stay with family or friends in the Tampa/Clearwater area instead of using your housing?
You can stay with anyone or anywhere you like while participating in the summer program. You will however be responsible for arranging your own transportation to the marina and classrooms.

Can I drive my own car to the program? ​YES.
You may drive your own car to the program.

When should I arrive?
​You should make plans to arrive no later than 4pm on Sunday so you may attend orientation.

How do I receive credit for this program?
​All participants are encouraged to speak to their advisor regarding receiving credit for the program. Different schools have different policies on how credit is awarded and how much credit is awarded depending on your length of stay. Most schools offer credit for this program so check with your advisor for more information.

​Can recent graduates or grad students attend the program?
We have had many graduates attend. Grad students may also use our program for either an introduction into field work or possibly for collecting data for their own projects. Contact us for more details.

​What should I bring?
​Once you sign up for the program you will receive a welcome packet with more information and a list of items to bring.