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

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!

Captains Course: OUPV (Lecture) - NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin

The Captains Course: OUPV (lecture) meets the United States Coast Guard (USCG) professional knowledge and testing requirements for applying for an OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel) license. The course utilizes the USCG- approved Mariner's Learning System in a blended classroom and digital format. Course includes topics of seamanship, navigation, maritime law and includes an introduction to Hawaiian culture, ecology and hospitality as it relates to commercial boating.

Prerequisites:
  • At least one year of boating experience is higly recommended (must be at least 19 years old)
  • Completion of FIT8120 or equivalent
Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)
Cost:  $975

FIT7045    11/17 - 12/03  6 mtgs.
WAIT LIST/PRE-REGISTER
If you would like to be notified when registration begins please fill out the contact form below or contact Greg Martin at (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu

Captains Course: Masters Upgrade (Lecture) - NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin

The Captains Course: Masters Upgrade (lecture) meets the United States Coast Guard (USCG) professional knowledge and testing requirements for applying for a Master 25/50/100 ton (Captain's) license. The course utilizes the USCG- approved Mariner's Learning System in a blended classroom and digital format. Course includes topics of seamanship, navigation, maritime law and includes an introduction to Hawaiian culture, ecology and hospitality as it relates to commercial boating.

Prerequisites:
  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Completion or concurrent enrollment in Captains Course: OUPV (lecture)
     
Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)
Cost:  $195

FIT7050    12/08 - 12/17  4 mtgs.
WAIT LIST/PRE-REGISTER
If you would like to be notified when registration begins please fill out the contact form below or contact Greg Martin at (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu

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.


MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218
Cost:  $99

FIT8120 12/7 1 mtg.

OAHU
Class meets:  Saturday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Cost:  $99
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8120 1/10 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

MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:  $99
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218

FIT8110 12/14 1 mtg.
    
OAHU
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:  $99
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8110 11/15 1 mtg.
FIT8110 1/17 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

MAUI
Class meets:  Sunday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218
Cost:  $99

FIT8100 12/21 1 mtg.
    
OAHU
Class meets:  Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:  $99
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8100 1/18 1 mtg.

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

Professional Aquatic Lifeguard Training (Red Cross certification)

Instructors:  Alexis Moon & Ian MacDonald

This course will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and injuries. The student will be introduced to a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks, shallow water attractions, and coastlines. Also covered are customary practices and lifeguard etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, commercial, and tourism aspects of lifeguarding in Hawaiian waters. This course provides participants an opportunity for Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, provided all requirements are met. Upon successful completion of the course, the Certificate of Professional Development is good for 2 years.

OAHU
Meeting time: Saturday, 7:00 am–5:00 pm ; Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 5:00–10:00 pm
Cost:  $349
Contact hours: 24
Location:  Windward CC Rm. TBD, Pool TBD

- THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. -
FIT8170    10/18, 10/20, 10/21, & 10/22    4 mtgs.
 
For more information call 235-7331.

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.

Prerequisites:
  • 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:  Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost:  $349
Contact hours: 16
Location:  Windward CC, Rm. TBD

FIT8130    10/25 & 10/26    2 mtgs.

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

Basic Personal Watercraft Training (Level 1) - NEW

Instructors:  Trevor Wilson, Ian MacDonald, Terry Ahue, Melvin Pu‘u

This course 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 sports etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, and commercial and tourism aspects of safe boating in Hawaiian waters. Students will learn about trailering, PWC safe operating practices, and riding with a passenger in calm waters. Successful completion of the WCC Ocean Safety Technician training course is a requirement for enrollment into this Level 1 PWC Operator training module.

Prerequisites:
  • Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved Safe Boater Education course
  • Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education
  • Ocean Safety Educational Course
  • Students must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to start of course
  • Students must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Personal Watercraft Operator from Windward Community College
OAHU
Meeting time:  Friday Saturday, & Sunday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Cost:  $399
Contact hours: 24
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8140    11/21, 11/22, & 11/23    3 mtgs.
For more information call 235-7331.

Advanced Personal Watercraft Operator Training (Level 2) - NEW

Instructors:  Trevor Wilson, Ian MacDonald, Terry Ahue, Melvin Pu‘u

This course is designed to provide students with the training and skills necessary for advanced personal watercraft (PWC) operations in calm ocean waters, with an emphasis on using the PWC for ocean recreation. Students will learn the history behind ocean recreation in Hawaii, with emphasis on how techniques using the PWC as a commercial and recreational craft were developed here. 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. Upon successful completion of the course, the students receive a Certificate of Professional Development from WCC. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.

Prerequisites:
  • Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved Safe Boater Education course
  • Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education, & Ocean Safety Educational Course
  • Participant must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to start of course
  • Participant must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Personal Watercraft Operator from Windward Community College
  • Participant must have met all requirements and successfully completed  Personal Watercraft Operator Training Level 1 within a 2-year period prior to the start of this course
OAHU
Meeting time:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Cost:  $399
Contact hours: 24
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8150    12/5, 12/6, & 12/7        3 mtgs.
For more information call 235-7331.

Rescue Craft Operator Training (Level 3) - NEW

Instructors:  Trevor Wilson, Ian MacDonald, Terry Ahue, Melvin Pu‘u

Rescue Craft Operator Training  emphasizes using the PWC for ocean safety operations. Students will learn the history behind ocean safety in Hawaii, with emphasis on how the PWC became a rescue craft.  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. Upon successful completion of the course, the students receive a Certificate of Professional Development that is good for 2 years.

Prerequisites:
  • Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved Safe Boater Education course
  • Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education
  • Ocean Safety Educational Course
  • Participant must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to start of course
  • Participant must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Personal Watercraft Operator from Windward Community College
  • Must have met all requirements and successfully completed  Personal Watercraft Operator Training Levels 1 & 2 within a 2-year period prior to the start of this course
OAHU
Meeting time:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Cost:  $399
Contact hours: 24
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)

FIT8160    12/19, 12/20, & 12/21        3 mtgs.

Qualified Boat Crew (Lecture)

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.

Prerequisite:
  • FIT 8120: Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters or equivalent  (must be at least 18 years old)
Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)
Cost:  $250

FIT7035    10/13, 10/15, 10/17   3 mtgs.

Qualified Boat Crew (Sailing)

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.

Prerequisites:
  • Concurrent enrollment in FIT 7035: Qualified Boat Crew (Lecture) course
  • Successful completion of NASLBA-approved Safe Boating course and proof of certification
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Meeting time:  Wednesday and Friday, 1:00–5:00 pm
Location: Marine Education Training Center (METC)
Cost:  $250

FIT7040    10/13 & 10/15    2 mtgs.
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.

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 ‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Terry Ahue
Terry Ahue is the founding president of Hawaiian Water Patrol, Hawaii’s premier water safety organization, providing water patrol for contests and events from Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational at Waimea Bay, to commercial film productions around the world since 1990. Ahue is also an active stuntman with the Screen Actors Guild, being featured on movies such as Along Came Polly, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor, and Waterworld, among many others. He has served the City & County of Honolulu Ocean Safety Division as a trainer and head of Jet Ski Rescue Craft Operations for over 29 years. Ahue continues to train people locally and internationally through Hawaiian Water Patrol, and now, through Windward Community College.
Melvin Pu‘u
Mel Pu‘u has 32 years of experience as an Ocean Safety Officer for the City and County of Honolulu, where he is a USLA-certified Lifeguard Instructor.  In 1991, Pu‘u and his partners started the PWC Rescue Operations for the city on the leeward coast, then expanded it’s service around the island. He is now the Lead Rescue Craft Training Officer for the City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety Division and serves as Manager for Rescue Operations and Rescue Personnel for the city. He is also the President of the Hawaii Government Employees Association Unions (HGEA), Bargaining Unit 14 for the State of Hawaii, where he oversees contracts for the all of Hawaii’s Sheriff’s, Department of Land and Natural Resources Officers (DLNR), and City and County Lifeguards and Ocean Safety Officers in the state. His specialties are High Surf Rescues, Injury Prevention, and Ocean and Rescue Education, and he has educated people across the state through his work as co-founder with Hawaiian Water Patrol.
Ian MacDonald
 Ian MacDonald is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor who has served as a USLA-certified Ocean Safety Officer for Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Headquarters since 1998. He also served as a fireman with the Federal Fire Department at Hickam Airforce Base from 2008-2012. As Lead Surface Water Rescue Specialist with Kū‘au Rescue, MacDonald has co-instructed Surface Water Rescue programs for the Federal Fire Rescue Responders at Andersen Air Force Base, Public Fire Department and Lifeguards in Guam, Water Safety Officers at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and Federal Rescue personnel at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. Macdonald is also an avid waterman whose adept swimming skills have brought him an advantage in surfing, bodysurfing, and paddleboarding competitions, where he has emerged champion many times over.
   
Trevor Wilson
Trevor B. Wilson has been with the Honolulu Fire Department 1994 to present. All but two of those years he was assigned to a station with a boat or PWC for response to emergencies in aquatic environments. Trevor was chosen by the late Jeffrey Barbieto to assist in training and development of the Rescue Water Craft program during its infant stages for the Honolulu Fire Department. An integral element of ocean rescues, Trevor has acquired an immense amount of experience and knowledge. Much of this is accredited to working and playing side by side with some of the best watermen in the world. Trevor is currently Chief of Operations and curriculum developer for Ku’au Rescue.  
  An Alumnus of the University of Hawaii system, and an ocean sports enthusiast raised in the Ko’olaupoko area in which he still resides, Trevor is an advocate for safety, prevention and conservation within our aquatic environments.   
Alexis Moon
Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Alexis Moon has a long history with water safety skills training that is spurred by her passion for the water and her desire to teach others how to approach water activities with safety in mind. Her journey began in 1990 as a Swimmer, Narrator, & Trainer for Sea Life Park, then became Site Coordinator for Kama’aina Kids in Kailua until 2007. Moon went on to develop and instruct programs as Aquatic Manager for the pool facilities at Kokokahi YWCA. In 2012, she became an Underwater Egress Trainer at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Headquarters, training military personnel in water safety techniques relating to military scenarios.

COMING SOON

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

Family & Friends CPR
The American Heart Association’s Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only® CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.
FOR WAIT LIST AND MORE INFORMATION.
Call 235-7331 or email oceaned@hawaii.edu