Career and Community Education
Sailing

Hawaiian Canoe Sailing - NEW

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  3/7 - 4/11 6  mtgs.
FIT7010   4/18 - 5/23 6  mtgs.

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If you are interested in enrolling in this course please contact Leimomi at (808) 236-9296 or kekina@hawaii.edu

Polynesian Voyaging and Stewardship - NEW

Lecture & Sailing


This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and the impact of human activity on the environment of Hawai‘i, with emphasis on Kāne‘ohe Bay and the Windward coast. An interdisciplinary approach is used in blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. Topics include Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archeology of
Polynesia and Hawai‘i. This course includes both a lecture and a lab section.

Recommendation: previous enrollment in Polynesian Voyaging and Seamanship with Lab

Prerequisites:
  • 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.
  • Health clearance: a written statement must be signed by a medical Physician certifying that the student is physically capable of participating in the sailing activities scheduled for the lab.
  • TB and MMR clearance required.

Instructors: Joe Ciotti, Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner, Floyd McCoy
Contact Hours: 81
Class meets: Tuesdays,  5:30 - 8:15 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133

Lab meets: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133 and Kualoa Beach Park
Course fee: $456

 FIT7000    1/13 - 5/5    32 mtgs.

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Polynesian Voyaging and Stewardship - NEW

Lecture only

This course focuses on the fundamentals of voyaging and the impact of human activity on the
environment of Hawai‘I, with emphasis on Kāne‘ohe Bay and the Windward coast. An interdisciplinary approach is used in blending the traditions of Polynesian culture, history and skills with modern science and technology. Topics include Hawaiian studies, astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, marine biology, ethnobotany and archeology of Polynesia and Hawai‘i.

Prerequisite:
  • TB and MMR clearance required

Instructors: Joe Ciotti, Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner, Floyd McCoy
Contact Hours: 48
Class meets: Tuesdays,  5:30 - 8:15 pm
Location: Windward CC, Imiloa 133
Course fee: $342

 FIT7000    1/13 - 5/5     16 mtgs.

Captains Course: OUPV - NEW

Lecture

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: Marine Education Training Center (METC)
Cost:  $975 *

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

FIT7045    3/16 - 4/1   6 mtgs.
 

If you are interested in enrolling in this course please contact Greg at (808) 235-7331 or gsmartin@hawaii.edu

Captains Course: Masters Upgrade - NEW

Lecture

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: Marine Education Training Center (METC) Bldg. 50, Rm. 2
Cost:  $195 *

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

FIT7050    4/6 - 4/15   4 mtgs.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course please contact Greg at (808) 235-7331 or gsmartin@hawaii.edu

Qualified Boat Crew

Lecture


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: Marine Education Training Center (METC), Bldg. 50, Rm. 2
Cost:  $250 *

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

FIT7035    4/20, 4/22, 4/23   3 mtgs.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course please contact Greg at (808) 235-7331 or gsmartin@hawaii.edu

Qualified Boat Crew

Sailing

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: Marine Education Training Center (METC), Bldg. 50, Rm. 2
Cost:  $250 *

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

FIT7040    4/22 & 4/24    2 mtgs.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course please contact Greg at (808) 235-7331 or gsmartin@hawaii.edu

Dr. Joseph Ciotti is Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at Windward Community College and serves as its Polynesian Voyaging Coordinator and Associate Director for the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium.
Dr. Ciotti directs WCC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium and Center for Aerospace Education. He was selected as one of Hawai‘i’s Teacher-in-Space finalists for the Space Shuttle Challenger and continues to serve as a NASA Space Ambassador.
Professor Floyd W. McCoy grew up on sugar plantations in Hawaii, in the midst of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.  His BS and MS degrees are from the University of Hawaii.  Studies of Hawaiian volcanism were extrapolated to the Mediterranean/Aegean region and the mega-eruption of Santorini in the Late Bronze Age, earning him his doctorate at Harvard.  Research continues on this catastrophic event and its consequences on Mediterranean cultures and the demise of the Minoan civilization, defining a new field of research – geoarchaeology.  Studies focus on natural hazards and their consequences on cultures, past and present.  Dr. McCoy is Professor in Geology, Geophysics and Oceanography at U. H. Windward, and on the graduate faculty in Geology & Geophysics at U.H. Manoa.  He has been a visiting professor at the Universita di Milano, and at the American School of Classical Studies (Athens); in 2007-2008 he was a senior Fulbright Scholar to Greece.  
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.
Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner has been sailing on voyaging and coastal sailing canoes since 1995.  Crew member of the voyaging canoe Makalii, she sailed as watch captain on the epic voyage to Micronesian in 1999 to honor master navigator Mau Piailug.  Currently Bonnie is the program director of the Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy that aims to perpetuate the legacy of voyaging and non-instrument navigation to learners of all ages.
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.