Career and Community Education
Hawaii Ocean Education Academy

Coordinator

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

Program Assistant

Johnnelle DeJesus
tel: (808) 235-7331
email: oceaned@hawaii.edu

Hawaii Ocean Education Academy

The University of Hawai‘i is proud to present the Hawai‘i 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. Championed by Windward Community College, this program offers professional development opportunities in the field of Ocean Recreation, Ocean Safety, Emergency Response, Tourism, and Hospitality. Students completing each course gain a basic understanding of the history, principles and best practices locally and nationally, and traditional Hawaiian cultural context of the activity as well. Participants are also exposed to the equipment 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!

Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters

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.

KONA/HILO
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:40 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-934-2700)
FIT8120 6/13 1 mtg.

KAUAI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:40 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-245-8318)

FIT8120    9/12    1 mtg.

MAUI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:40 pm
Location:  Maui College, Laulima 105 (Call 808-235-7331)
Cost:  $99

FIT8120    7/11    1 mtg.

OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Cost:  $99
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112

FIT8120    8/1    1 mtg.


Download course flyer.
For more information call 235-7331.

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.

Prerequisite:
  • Successful completion of NASBLA–approved Safe Boating course and proof of certification

HILO/KONA
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-934-2700)

FIT8110    6/20    1 mtg.    

KAUAI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-245-8318)

FIT8110    9/19    1 mtg.    

MAUI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Laulima 105  (Call 808-235-7331)
Cost:  $99

FIT8110    7/18   1 mtg.    

OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $99

FIT8110 8/8 1 mtg.

Download course flyer.
For more information call 235-7331.

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.

Prerequisites:
  • Successful completion of NASBLA-approved Safe Boating course and proof of certification
  • Successful completion of Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education course

HILO/KONA
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-934-2700)

FIT8100    6/24    1 mtg.    

KAUAI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  TBD
Cost:  $99  (Call 808-245-8318)

FIT8100    9/26    1 mtg.    

MAUI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Laulima 105  (Call 808-235-7331)
Cost:  $99

FIT8100    7/25    1 mtg.  
 
OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $99

FIT8100    8/15     1 mtg.


Download course flyer.
For more information call 235-7331.
WAIT LIST/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 the HOEA office at (808) 235-7331.

IN THE NEWS

West Hawaii Today, June 4, 2015

A Faster Response: Watercraft Expected to Make Rescues Easier, Quicker
Hawaii County Fire Department are wrapping up a five-week training using rescue watercraft (jet skis) to save lives.

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.

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.

Ocean Safety Educational Course
Cost: $25.00 (Allow 4–6 weeks for processing.)
Effective September 2003, all recreational thrill craft (personal watercraft) operators participating in the sport of tow-in surfing in Hawai‘i must complete this approved ocean safety education course. 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.
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.
Sam Pa'e Jr. 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.