Hawaii Ocean Education Academy
Lefeguard on jet ski towing a person on a rescue sled, heading into a wave.

Coordinator

Ian ‘Akahi Masterson
tel: (808) 235-7331
email: imasters@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!
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State of Hawaii Mandated Courses (See courses listed below.)
Please scroll down to view the following courses:
  • Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters
  • Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education
  • Ocean Safety Educational Course
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Health and Safety Courses
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Ocean Recreation and Waterfront Courses
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Hawaii Commercial Mariners Courses
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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
FIT8120 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 934-2700.

KAUAI
FIT8120 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 245-8318.

MAUI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Laulima 105
Cost:  $125*

FIT8120     12/3     THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
For more information call (808) 235-7331 or email oceaned@hawaii.edu

OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $125*

FIT8120 TBD 1 mtg.
*This course qualifies for State of Hawaii's ETF funding program.

Download course flyer.
Course Approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
For more information call (808) 235-7331.
Sail boat at sunset with diamond head in the background.

Replacement Card for 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.
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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
FIT8110 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 934-2700.

KAUAI
FIT8110 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 245-8318.

MAUI
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218  (Call 808-235-7331)
Cost:  $125

Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
FIT8110 12/10 1 mtg.
FIT8110 4/1 1 mtg.
For more information call (808) 235-7331 or email oceaned@hawaii.edu

OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $125*

FIT8110 1/21 1 mtg.
FIT8110 2/18 1 mtg.
FIT8110 3/18 1 mtg.
FIT8110 4/22 1 mtg.
FIT8110 5/13 1 mtg.

*This course qualifies for State of Hawaii's ETF funding program.

Download course flyer.
Course approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
For more information call (808) 235-7331.
Man on jet ski.

Replacement Card for 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.
Man surfing a large wave

Ocean Safety Educational 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
FIT8100 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 934-2700.

KAUAI
FIT8100 TBD
For more information or to register call (808) 245-8318.

MAUI
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Maui College, Hale 218  (Call 808-235-7331)
Cost:  $125

FIT8100 12/17 1 mtg.
 
OAHU
Meeting time:  Saturday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $125*

FIT8100 1/28 1 mtg.
FIT8100 3/25 1 mtg.
FIT8100 5/20 1 mtg.

*This course qualifies for State of Hawaii's ETF funding program.

Download course flyer.
Course approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
For more information call (808) 235-7331.
Man surfing a large wave

Replacement Card for 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.
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.

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IN THE NEWS

Lifeguard on a jet ski pulling up to rescue a man in the ocean.

Ka 'Ohana
Feb 9, 2016

Program teaches ocean safety for all
WCC’s Hawaiʻi Ocean Education Academy (HOEA) strives to provide people with a crucial service in the islands: education in safety and risk management of our oceans.
Hawaii County Fire Department, Mayor Billy Kenoi, HOEA instructors.

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.
Flyer of Summer Surf Celebration Film Fest at Paliku Theatre.

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.
Man on a jetski.

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.
Sam Pae Jr.
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.