Career and Community Education
Sailing

Hawaiian Canoe Sailing

Instructor: Leimomi Kekina Dierks (808) 236-9296, kekina@hawaii.edu
This course will teach you basic Hawaiian canoe sailing and navigational skills while increasing your swimming and water safety skills.  You will conduct basic canoe operations, including rigging, sailing, and caring for/respecting the canoe.  Students will also learn about Polynesian migration patterns, Hawaiian history and culture as it pertains to voyaging and the Kaneohe Bay area, and weather forecasting.  Students will be able to apply both traditional Polynesian skills and modern scientific methods while engaging in sailing and environmental exploring activities.

Prerequisite: Participant must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes and treading water for 30 minutes in the open ocean.

Instructor: Leimomi Kekina Dierks
Class meets: Saturdays,  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133, Kualoa Beach Park
Course fee: $190

FIT7010   6/13 - 8/1 6  mtgs.
FIT7010 8/22 - 10/3 6 mtgs.

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Captains Course: OUPV

Lecture

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
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

Instructor: Greg Martin, (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $975 *

*This course is approved for ETF funding. Please contact the instructor for more information.

FIT7045    7/20 - 8/5   6 mtgs.

Captains Course: Masters Upgrade - NEW

Lecture

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
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)

Instructor: Greg Martin, (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
 Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $195 *

*This course is approved for ETF funding. Please contact the instructor for more information.

FIT7050    4/20 - 4/29   4 mtgs.
FIT7050    8/10 - 8/19   4 mtgs.

Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement - NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
An Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement is required by a licensed Captain to operate a sailing vessel for hire. This course will prepare the licensed Captain for the USCG written exam for the endorsement. Prior knowledge of sailing and experience aboard sailing vessels is also required by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Prerequisite:
  • Must hold a USCG OUPV license or above or concurrent enrollment in FIT7045
Meeting time:  Tuesday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 114
Cost:  $160

FIT7056 4/21    1 mtg.
FIT7056  8/11    1 mtg.

Assistance Towing Endorsement - NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
An Assistance Towing Endorsement is required by a licensed Captain to provide commercial assistance towing services. This course will prepare the licensed Captain for the USCG written exam for the endorsement.

Prerequisite:
  • Must hold a USCG OUPV license or above or concurrent enrollment in FIT7045
Meeting time:  Thursday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 114
Cost:  $160

FIT7057    4/23    1 mtg.
FIT7057    8/13    1 mtg.

Marine Radio Operator - NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
A Marine Radio Operator's Permit is required by a licensed Captain or crew member of a vessel that is over 300 gross tons, or if the vessel carries more than 6 passengers for hire in the open sea. This course will prepare students for the required exam and application to the FCC.

Prerequisite:
  • Must be at least 18 years oldMust be a proficient English speaker
Meeting time:  Friday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 112
Cost:  $60

FIT7058    4/17    1 mtg.
FIT7058    8/7    1 mtg.

Captains Course: Sailing- NEW

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
This course is a practical seamanship, sailing and boat handling course for individuals seeking to build their confidence and gain experience sailing in local waters. Participants will practice the roles of skipper and crew in preparation, docking, maneuvering and safety drills aboard a sail training vessel with auxillary power. The course provides a foundation for those seeking a United States Coast Guard Captain's license with Auxillary Sailing Endorsement.

Prerequisites:
  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • Completion or concurrent enrollment in Captains Course: OUPV (lecture)

Instructor: Greg Martin, (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
 Meeting time:  Monday, Wednesday, 1:00–5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost:  $1,125 *

*This course is approved for ETF funding. Please contact the instructor for more information.

FIT7059   TBD   10 mtgs.

Qualified Boat Crew

Lecture

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
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.

Prerequisites:
  • FIT 8120: Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters or equivalent 
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Instructor: Greg Martin, (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
Meeting time: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost:  $250 *

*This course is approved for ETF funding. Please contact the instructor for more information.

FIT7035    TBD   3 mtgs.

Qualified Boat Crew: Sailing

Instructor: Greg Martin (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
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

Instructor: Greg Martin, (808) 235-7331, gsmartin@hawaii.edu
Meeting time:  Wednesday and Friday, 1:00–5:00 pm
Location: TBD
Cost:  $250 *

*This course is approved for ETF funding. Please contact the instructor for more information.

FIT7040    TBD    2 mtgs.
Leimomi K. Dierks The ocean and canoes are Leimomi's passion and lifestyle. She is a Hokule'a crew member, has been sailing Hawaiian canoes since 1996, and paddling outrigger canoes since 1981.
 
Leimomi is an educator with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, teaches Polynesian voyaging at Windward Community College (WCC) and has served as WCC's Polynesian voyaging program assistant coordinator.  She is an active sailing member with the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA) and serves on the board of directors.  She is also a member of Lanikai Canoe Club where she has held numerous leadership positions on the board of directors, and coached various age divisions, including head coach.
 
Leimomi also taught Hawaiian studies at Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School for grades JK-6, and was the program director for Hui Malama O Ke Kai, an after-school ocean recreation program in Waimanalo.
Greg Martin
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.