Career and Community Education
Hawaii Ocean Education Academy

Coordinator

Ian Akahi Masterson
tel: (808) 235-7331
email: imasters@hawaii.edu

Welcome to Hawaii Ocean Education Academy

In response to the growing public demand for training opportunities in ocean rescue response, and to serve our communities by offering boating safety courses now mandated by the State, University of Hawaii is proud to present the Hawaii Ocean Education Academy. Our mission is to provide education and training in ocean recreation and safety activities that will benefit the visitor industries as well as the ocean recreation communities in Hawai‘i and abroad. We are achieving our mission through dynamic partnerships with community members and ocean industry organizations. Championed by Windward Community College, we offer our participants high quality educational experiences in Hawaiian waters and at University of Hawai‘i System campuses across the State.

This program provides professional development opportunities in the field of Ocean Recreation, Ocean Safety, Emergency Response, Tourism and Hospitality for people at home and abroad. Students completing each course gain a basic understanding of the history and development of the activity, principles and best practices locally and nationally, and traditional Hawaiian cultural context as well. Through on-site experiences, students learn ocean safety and risk management skills and techniques as they apply to the natural environment where each activity occurs. Students are also exposed to the equipment used for the activity and learn performance techniques with in-water demonstrations and hands-on skill building sessions in the ocean. Join us on an educational ocean voyage beginning here at the Hawaii Ocean Education Academy!
 

Qualified Boat Crew (Lecture) - COMING SOON

Instructor: Greg Martin

The Qualified Boat Crew (Lecture) course will prepare you for work as a crew member on commercial power and sailing vessels in Hawai’i, and will provide you with a foundation for seeking a commercial Captain's license. The course will also provide you with knowledge in basic seamanship, boating terminology, theory and safety practices and includes an introduction to Hawaiian culture, ecology and hospitality as it relates to commercial boating.

Pre-Requisite:
  • FIT 8120: Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters or equivalent  (minimum age for enrollment is 18 years old)
Class meets:  Mondays, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost:  $325

FIT7035 TBD 5 mtgs.

Qualified Boat Crew (Sailing) - COMING SOON

Instructor: Greg Martin

The Qualified Boat Crew (Sailing) course will prepare you for work as a crew member on commercial power and sailing vessels in Hawai’i, and will provide you with a foundation for seeking a commercial Captain's license. The course will also provide you with skills and experience in basic seamanship, emergency procedures and safety practices. This course provides recent sea time for licensing purposes.

Pre-Requisite:
  • Concurrent enrollment in FIT 7035: Qualified Boat Crew (Lecture) course, FIT 8120: Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters or equivalent  (minimum age for enrollment is 18 years old)
Class meets:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost:  $550

FIT7040 TBD 10 mtgs.

Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters - NEW

Instructor:  Sam Pa'e  Jr.

 The Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters course will provide you with the educational requirements for operating a vessel in State waters, as set forth by the National Association of Boating Laws Administrators (NASBLA) and the State Department of Land and Natural Resources. Learn about types of boats, the history and development of boating sports in Hawaii, and boating sports as a modern recreational activity. Also covered are safety issues with boating in Hawaiian ocean waters, customary practices and sport etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, competitive sporting events, commercial operations, and visitor industry aspects of boating in Hawaii. Effective November 2014 all recreational vessel operators must have successfully completed this NASBLA-certified Hawaii-specific Safe Boating course in order to operate in State Waters.


MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218
Cost:  $99
FIT8120    9/14    1 mtg.

OAHU
Class meets:  Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:  $99

Location:  Marine Education Training Center (METC)
FIT8120    8/9    1 mtg.

Location:  Windward CC, Hale Alaka‘i 101
FIT8120    9/6    1 mtg.

Download course flyer.
Call (808) 235-7433 to register.

Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education

Instructor:  Sam Pa`e  Jr.

Learn about local ocean safety principles and practices; historical, cultural, and customary practices of Hawaii’s ocean users; and rules regarding protected species and thrill craft operation in Hawaii. Effective January 2005 all recreational thrill craft (personal watercraft) operators in Hawaii must complete this certification class on the safe use and operation
of a thrill craft.

Pre-Requisite:
  • Completion of Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA approved course

MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:  $99
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218
FIT8110    7/20    1 mtg. - CANCELLED -
FIT8110    9/14    1 mtg.
    
OAHU
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:  $99
Location:  Marine Education Training Center (METC)
FIT8110    8/10 1 mtg.

Location:  Windward CC, Hale Alaka‘i 101
FIT8110    9/7    1 mtg.   

Download course flyer.
Call (808) 235-7433 to register.

Ocean Safety Education Course

Instructor:  Ian Akahi Masterson

Learn about the legal and regulatory requirements for persons who participate in the sport of tow-in surfing in Hawai’i; risk management principles; local ocean safety principles and practices; rules and laws pertaining to protected species in ocean waters in Hawai’i; the safe use and operation of a thrill craft; boating skills as they apply to the sport of tow-in surfing; and the historical, cultural, and customary practices of Hawaii’s ocean users. Effective September 2003 all recreational thrill craft (personal watercraft) operators participating in the sport of tow-in surfing in Hawaii must complete this approved ocean safety education course.

Pre-Requisite:
  • Completion of Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved course
  • Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education

MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218
Cost:  $69

FIT8100    7/27    1 mtg.  - CANCELLED -
FIT8100    9/28    1 mtg.
    
OAHU
Class meets:  Saturday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:  $69

Location:  Marine Education Training Center (METC)
FIT8100    8/16    1 mtg.

Location:  Windward CC, Hale Alaka‘i 101
FIT8100    9/13    1 mtg.

Download course flyer.
Call (808) 235-7433 to register.

Ocean Safety Technician Training - NEW

Instructors:  John R.K. Clark & Patrick Durkin

The Ocean Safety Technician training course is intended for persons involved in ocean recreation activities and businesses in Hawaii who need to learn basic ocean safety management practices and ocean rescue skills. The curriculum includes Standard First Aid & CPR/AED certification, basic ocean rescue skills training, and subject matter specific to aquatic recreation including snorkeling, sailing, paddling, and surfing sports from the professional disciplines of epidemiology, human factors, marine science, sociology, law, and culture.
The course will provide the participant with the skills and resource materials to develop a Risk Management Plan, which is a requirement of the Department of Education for Surf Club development, and is recommended for all commercial Ocean Recreation operations.
A Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician states that the participant has met all the requirements of the course and has demonstrated competency in basic ocean rescue skills and ocean safety risk management skills used by Hawaii’s professional ocean safety practitioners at Hawaii’s beaches and near-shore waters. The Certificate also entitles the participant to serve as a State of Hawai’i, Department of Education Surf Coach. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.

Pre-Requisite:
  • Participant must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to the start of the course
  • Participant must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician from WCC

OAHU
Class meets:  Friday, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Sat. & Sun., 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost:  $379
Contact hours: 24
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Alaka‘i 101

FIT8130    8/22 - 8/24    3 mtgs.

Download course flyer.
Call (808) 235-7433 to register.
REQUEST MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions or would like to be notified when the next course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call Ian Masterson at (808) 235-7331.

IN THE NEWS

Summer Surf Celebration Film Fest at Paliku Theatre
Thursday, May 29, 2014

On May 29, 2014, Windward Community College hosted the first-ever Summer Surf Celebration Film Fest featuring “A Deeper Shade of Blue” cultural surf film by Jack McCoy, Volcom Stone's latest film “True to This,” and an opening reception including a blessing and introduction to the WCC Hawai‘i Ocean Education Academy.

The Summer Surf Celebration Film Fest took place at Palikū Theatre on the Windward Community College campus. The event’s purpose was to encourage ocean education and to learn about opportunities for careers in boating, ocean recreation and safety.

This event was sponsored by the Office of Career and Community Education at WCC, New World Distribution, Volcom Stone, Chuck Boller (Hawaii International Film Festival), Kū‘au Rescue, Quiksilver, Hawaiian Water Patrol, and He‘eia Pier General Store & Deli.

Hawaii Public Radio, May 16, 2014

Summer Surf Celebration Film Fest:
Ian Masterson shares the need for appreciation and understanding of the ocean around us.

Midweek, April 23, 2014

Teaching Others How to Stay Alive
Instructor Sam Pa'e Jr. shares his life changing in water experience.
Ian Akahi Masterson
Ian Masterson is an educator, an
ocean recreation specialist, and a passionate Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Hailing from
Ko‘olaupoko, this O‘ahu surfer has developed college courses in Surf Science, Culture, and Technology at the University of Hawaii’s Windward Community College and at Hawaii
Pacific University, where he specializes in place-based, culturally oriented curriculum.
John Clark
 John Clark, a former lifeguard and deputy fire chief of the Honolulu Fire Department, is the author of nine books on Hawaii’s beaches and surf spots published by the University of Hawaii Press. He is also the co-editor of The Hawaiian Journal of History, an annual publication of the Hawaiian Historical Society, and a columnist for Lawai’a, a fishing magazine. He has an A.S. in Fire Science from H.C.C., a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from U.H.M., and a Masters in Public Administration from U.H.M.  
Patrick L. Durkin
Patrick Durkin is a former County of Kauai Lifeguard with 18 years of professional ocean lifeguarding experience. He is a US. Coast Guard licensed boat captain who has operated sailboats from 22 ft. double-hulled sailing canoes to 65 ft. snorkeling and sightseeing catamarans. He conducts ocean rescue training programs for surf instructors, boat crew, kayak guides, and outfitters who require safety certifications for insurance companies and government agencies. Pat is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and former USLA Ocean Lifeguard Instructor.
He is on the board of directors of the Kauai Lifeguard Association, and chairman of the Kauai Water Safety Task Force.
Greg Martin
Greg has served on ships in the US Navy for seven years, is a USCG licensed Captain and ASA certified sailing instructor. Greg operated a sailing school in Japan for eight years and did ocean deliveries of yachts throughout Asia before sailing his own boat from California to Hawai'i. Greg has captained numerous boats, including the pirate ship "Treasure Seeker" from California to Hawai'i, the "Star of Honolulu" off Waikiki and has introduced visitors to the underwater wonders of Oahu as a scuba instructor.
Sam Pa‘e  Jr.
Sam is an avid waterperson, surfer, swimmer, diver, canoe, stand-up paddler, and a member of Ku’au Rescue.  He has earned Instructor-level certifications for USPS, USCG AUX, National Safe Boating Council, and NASBLA.  Sam also has numerous certificates that includes boating safety, first aid, CPR, AED, and life guarding.  He has been teaching the certified Recreational Thrill Craft Operators Safety Education and Ocean Safety Education courses since 2005.

REPLACEMENT CARDS

Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters
Cost:  $25.00 (Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.)
Effective 2014 all recreational vessel operators must carry proof of certification on-board while operating a vessel.
If you successfully completed this course and your card and/or certificate is damaged, lost, or stolen, WCC will provide you with a replacement card.

Recreational Thrill Craft Operator
Safety Education

Cost:  $25.00 (Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.)
Effective 2014 all recreational thrill craft (personal watercraft) operators in Hawaii must carry proof of certification onboard while operating. If you successfully completed this course and your card and/or certificate is damaged, lost, or stolen, WCC will provide you with a replacement card.

Call 235-7433 or fill out the form below.

COMING SOON
Personal Watercraft Operator Training

Level 1, 2 & 3

This three-tiered course series provides students with hands-on experiences in personal watercraft (PWC) operations, especially as they apply to a Hawaiian ocean environment. Students will learn about types of PWC, the history and development of PWC in Hawaii, and discuss safety issues with PWC operations in Hawaiian ocean waters.  Also covered are customary practices and sport etiquette, ocean safety risk management, environmental and cultural issues, and commercial and tourism aspects of safe boating in Hawaiian waters.

Basic Personal Watercraft Operator Training (Level 1): Students will learn about trailering, PWC safe operating practices, and riding with a passenger in calm waters.

Advanced Personal Watercraft Operator Training (Level 2): Students will learn how to drive with a rescue sled attached, basic passenger pick-up techniques, and riding with multiple passengers, as well as operating in the near-shore ocean environment and in the open ocean.

Rescue Craft Operator Training (Level 3): Students will be exposed to the PWC as an important tool for surface water rescue operations, including search and rescue techniques, multiple PWC operations, and ocean safety management practices for escorting, events, and professional lifeguarding scenarios.
FOR WAIT LIST AND MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE COORDINATOR OR FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW.
Ian Masterson
Coordinator
t.  (808) 235-7331    
email: imasters@hawaii.edu