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
Rec Thrill Craft
Tow In
Sail boat on water

Safe Boating in Hawaiian Waters

The Hawaii Boating Safety online 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.

You will need to successfully complete the NASBLA–approved Safe Boating course and have proof of certification in order to take the Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education course.
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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.

This online course utilizes the Canvas learning management system to deliver course materials. Class will meet via video conferencing using Zoom.

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

If you have not completed the Safe Boating course please take it online.
Verify your mariner credentials with the Division of Boater and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR).

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
Zoom app

This is an online course.

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

Date:  Thursday, Oct 7
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm HST
Location: online

Fee: $135

Date:  Wednesday, Oct 20
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm HST
Location: online

Fee: $135
WAIT LIST
If registration is closed and you are interested in taking the Recreational Thrill Craft or Tow-In course please fill out the Pre-Registration form.
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man on jet ski

Ocean Safety Educational Course (Tow-In)

CAUSE OF DELAY IN RESTART OF THIS COURSE
UPDATE: AUG 9, 2021

WCC's Ocean Education program experienced multiple setbacks due to the pandemic, including loss of staffing and working on pivoting to online learning.  Tow-in surfing has required even more careful consideration due to the hazardous nature of the activity and the need to ensure all legal requirements are met.  For these reasons, DOBOR has requested that we only offer face-to-face courses in tow-in surfing for the immediate future. 

We understand your frustration in delays to offering this course.  Please recognize that the pandemic is still happening and its continued impact, such as the current surge in cases in Hawaii and the rest of the U.S., adds another layer of difficulty to providing this course in a manner that is safe and beneficial to the student.  We hope to restart this course in the near future. Thank you for your patience.
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
Date:  TBD
Time:  TBD

Fee: $125
If registration is closed and you are interested in taking the Ocean Safety Tow-In course please fill out the Pre-Registration form.
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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.