Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.


General information and for a map of Wilmington, NC visit the link below.  This is also a great resources for travel information, etc.

http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/

Classroom session are located at Maverick America

Maverick America

349 Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

http://maverick-america.com/

 

Confined water session are located at either the YMCA or YWCA depending on course dates

YMCA

2710 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28403

https://www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org/

YWCA

2815 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28412 

http://www.ywca-lowercapefear.org/site/c.duLQKaORLkKaE/b.8090519/k.BEE3/Home.htm

Open water sessions are usually run through the headboat Vonda Kay.  Vonda Kay is docked next to Mott’s Channel Seafood.  You must park across the street from Mott’s just behind Redix in the parking spaces marked “VK” for Vonda Kay.  Parking is free.

Mott’s Channel Seafood

120 Short Street

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Open water sessions are not included in the cost of the course.  The sessions run

$80 per person and are paid directly to Captain Dave on Vonda Kay before boarding the boat.  Charter fees must be paid in cash only.

Accommodations:

A simple Google search will leave you with endless options for accommodations in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area.  Since our classroom, confined water, and ocean sessions are all run close to Wrightsville Beach we recommend searching in this area although hotels will be more affordable outside Wrightsville Beach in the Wilmington. 

Please note that we are happy to book you accommodations at the Beach Cottage for either you, your family or grouped with other students to save money AND enjoy staying at the beach.  Let us know via info@evolvefreediving.com if you are interested in one of these options.

Beach Cottage

307 Water Street

Wrightsville Beach, NC

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/581350?guests=1&s=sRdLNnkA

Holiday Inn Sunspree

1706 N Lumina Avenue

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

http://wrightsville.holidayinnresorts.com/wrightsville-beach/

Waterway Lodge

7246 Wrightsville Avenue

Wilmington, NC 28403

http://www.waterwaylodge.com/Home.php

 

Extended Stay

4929 New Centre Drive

Wilmington, NC  28403

http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/hotels/nc/wilmington/new-centre-drive

Days Inn

5040 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28405

Website

Sleep Inn

5225 Market Street

Wilmington, NC 28405

http://www.sleepinn.com/hotel-wilmington-north_carolina-NC834

Flights:

Managing flights from pretty much anywhere should be simple traveling to Wilmington.  The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) carries flights by American Airlines/US Airways and Delta. 

Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

1740 Airport Blvd.

Suite 12

Wilmington, NC 28405

http://www.flyilm.com

  

Below is a list of non-stop destinations through American Airlines/US Airways and Delta from ILM:

Car Rentals:

Depending on where you decide stay a car rental may be necessary.  Rentals are easy in Wilmington and you’ll have your pick of companies to rent from through the airport.  You must be 21 to rent a car. 

http://www.flyilm.com/traveler-info/ground-transportation/rental-cars/

Fun:

Downtown Wilmington and the Wrightsville Beach area are FUN places to visit!  We highly recommend you peruse an “events” calendar to find out what’s happening during your stay.  The area hosts many activities for:

  • the family
  • music and art lovers
  • foodies
  • craft beer drinkers and winos
  • literary folk
  • outdoor active
  • theater goers
  • pretty much every clique you can imagine! 

Below are a few resources to check:

http://www.whatsonwilmington.com/calendar.php

http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/Wilmington/Events-Calendar/

http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/events

http://www.wilmington.net/events/

http://www.visitwrightsvillebeachnc.com/events-calendar/

Please contact us if you plan on bringing your family and/or staying a few extra days to check out the area.  We would love to set you up with a paddle boarding experience, shark dive, ghost tour or whatever you’re interested in.