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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
boating
thrill craft
ocean safety
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HAWAII BOATING SAFETY

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.
Course Approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
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Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education

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.

This is an online course.

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

CLASS FORMAT


This 10 hour course will be delivered using all of the following formats.
  • Synchronous Online - Participants meet together in real time via ZOOM. These mandatory class sessions will meet on two days for 4 hours per session.
  • Asynchronous Online - Participants are to complete the self-paced online modules, between the start and end dates.
  • Licensing Exam - You will have 48 hours after the completion of the course to pass the licensing exam
Cost: $125

FIT8110    TBD    (online real-time meeting(s) + self-paced study)

The best way to be notified about upcoming classes is to pre-register.
Course approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
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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.
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Ocean Safety Educational Course

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

New online course

Due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, all face-to-face classes have been cancelled until further notice. However a new online course has been created to meet the needs of the State of Hawaiʻi and the public with regards to Thrill Craft Operations and Tow-In Surfing licensing and education.

This new course utilizes the Canvas learning management system to deliver online course materials. Canvas has partnered with Zoom Video Communications Inc. to provide video conferencing for the class, you will not have to purchase any software to be able to take the course, you will have free access to Zoom.

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

  • Active email address per participant (no sharing)
  • Computer, Tablet (iPad, Galaxy, etc.) or Smartphone
  • Internet access
  • Device with camera, microphone & speaker for video conferencing

CLASS FORMAT


This course will be delivered using all of the following formats.
  • Synchronous Online - Participants meet together in real time via ZOOM. These mandatory class sessions will happen on the first and last dates, Saturday Morning 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    •  First class - Introductions and share-out experiences, receive Canvas website instructions, and basic rules for operating thrill craft in the State of Hawaiʻi. 
    • Second class - For questions, address any issues for course completion, talk about next steps, and finally, congratulations and aloha.
  • Asynchronous Online - Participants are to complete the self-paced online modules, between the start and end dates.
  • Licensing Exam - You will have two days after the completion of the course to pass the licensing exam.
Section One
Meeting time: Saturday (first and last class dates) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm + self-paced online modules

Section Two
Meeting time: Saturday (first and last class dates) 2:00 - 4:00 pm + self-paced online modules
Location: online

Cost: $125

FIT8100   TBD    (online real-time meeting(s) + self-paced study)

The best way to be notified about upcoming classes is to pre-register.
Course approved by State of Hawaii by DLNR logo, NASBLA logo
Man on jet ski

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.
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