Hawaii Ocean Education

Ocean Safety and Education

OCEAN SAFETY PROGRAMS
(808) 235-7433
wccocet@hawaii.edu

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Hawaii Ocean Education

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. This program offers state licensing in the areas of Ocean Recreation and Ocean Safety. 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. Prepare for your ocean adventure with Windward Community College.
State of Hawaii Mandated Courses • NASBLA Training
Safe Boating
Sail boat on water

Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters

If you have taken this course from Windward Community College and need a replacement card use the button below.
COMPLIANT INTERNET COURSES AVAILABLE:
ACEBOATER.com (Customer Service/Support – 800-607-2329)
Boat-ed.com (Customer Service/Support – 800-830-2268)
BOATERexam.com (Customer Service/Support – 866-764-2628)
BoatUS.org (free) (Customer Service/Support – 800-245-2628)
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man on jet ski

Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education (online, real-time)

Learn about local ocean safety principles and practices--including 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.

Class will meet via video conferencing using Zoom.

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

COMPLIANT INTERNET COURSES AVAILABLE:
ACEBOATER.com (Customer Service/Support – 800-607-2329)
Boat-ed.com (Customer Service/Support – 800-830-2268)
BOATERexam.com (Customer Service/Support – 866-764-2628)
BoatUS.org (free) (Customer Service/Support – 800-245-2628)

HELPFUL LINK:
Verify your mariner credentials with the Division of Boater and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR).

This is an online course.

Class meets in real-time via Zoom. Participants must successfully complete the online exam in order to receive certification.

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY:
• Active email address per participant (no sharing)
• Computer, Tablet (iPad, Galaxy, etc.) or Smartphone
• Access to high speed internet (min. 512k)
• Device with camera, microphone & speaker for video conferencing
• Most recent updated browsers

Date:  Offered monthly (click on REGISTER NOW for current dates)
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm HST
Location: online

Fee: $135
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man on jet ski

Ocean Safety Educational Course (Tow-In)  in-person

Courses offered on 'Oahu , Kaua'i, Maui and Hawai'i Island

Learn about the legal and regulatory requirements for persons who participate in the sport of tow-in surfing in Hawaii; risk management principles; local ocean safety principles and practices; rules and laws pertaining to protected species in ocean waters in Hawaii; 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

This is an in-person course.

'OAHU
Date:  offered monthly (click on REGISTER NOW for available dates)
Time:  tbd
Location: Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 115
Fee: $135

KAUA'I
Click on REGISTER NOW button for available dates.

MAUI
Click on REGISTER NOW button for available dates.

HAWAI'I
Click on REGISTER NOW button for available dates.
Face masks must be worn in indoor classrooms.
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Replacement Card - Safe Boating in Hawaii course

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. If you successfully completed this Windward CC course and your card and/or certificate is damaged, lost or stolen, WCC will provide you with a replacement card.

Fee: $25.00 (Allow 4–6 weeks for processing)

Replacement Card - Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education

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.

Fee: $25.00 (Allow 4–6 weeks for processing)

Replacement Card - Ocean Safety Educational Course (Tow-In)

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.

Fee: $25.00 (Allow 4–6 weeks for processing)
CONTACT FORM
If you have any questions please fill out the contact form below or call (808) 235-7433.