WORKFORCE AND LIFELONG LEARNING
Ocean Recreation and Waterfront Safety
Stack of yellow rescue flotation devices on the beach

Program Coordinator

Ian ‘Akahi Masterson
tel: (808) 235-7331
email: imasters@hawaii.edu

Office

tel: (808) 235-7331
email: oceaned@hawaii.edu
Lifeguard performing in water rescue using a surfboard with a victim and paddling in.

Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Training & Ocean Safety Technician Combo (Lecture, Pool & Beach)

Red Cross Waterfront lifeguard Training: This course will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and injuries. The student will be introduced to a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks, shallow water attractions, and coastlines. This course provides participants an opportunity for American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Certification, provided all requirements are met. Upon successful completion of the course, the Certificate of Professional Development is good for 2 years. Prior to certificate expiration, a one-day recertification course provides participants an opportunity for a skills challenge and written examination in order to re-certify as an American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard.

This course is a hybrid training with both in-water sessions and an on-line instructional component to be completed prior to the first day of instruction by logging on to redcross.org (a code will be issued after registration is complete). Specific information needed in order to complete this instructional component is given upon course registration.

Ocean Safety Technician Training: The Ocean Safety Technician training course is intended for persons involved in ocean recreation activities and businesses in Hawaii who need to learn basic ocean safety management practices and ocean rescue skills. The curriculum includes Standard First Aid & CPR/AED certification, basic ocean rescue skills training, and subject matter specific to aquatic recreation including snorkeling, sailing, paddling, and surfing sports from the professional disciplines of epidemiology, human factors, marine science, sociology, law, and culture. The course will provide the participant with the skills and resource materials to develop a Risk Management Plan, which is a requirement of the Department of Education for Surf Club development, and is recommended for all commercial Ocean Recreation operations. A Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician states that the participant has met all the requirements of the course and has demonstrated competency in basic ocean rescue skills and ocean safety risk management skills used by Hawaii’s professional ocean safety practitioners at Hawaii’s beaches and near-shore waters. The Certificate also entitles the participant to serve as a State of Hawai’i, Department of Education Surf Coach. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.
 
Prerequisites:
  • Students must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to the start of the course.
  • Students must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician from WCC.
OAHU
Instructors:  Glenn Pang, John Clark, Patrick Durkin
Contact hours: 24
Meeting time: 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 115, Pool TBD, Beach TBD
Cost:  $350

FIT7104      8/16, 8/17 & 8/18      3 mtgs. (this class has been cancelled)
FIT7104      1/18, 1/19 & 1/20      3 mtgs.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor  & Lifeguard Combo Training

This course combines two Red Cross programs including Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard training. The combo course will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and injuries. The student will be introduced to a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks, shallow water attractions, and coastlines. The purpose of this Water Safety Instructor portion is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.

Prior to participating in this combo course, students must successfully perform a 500 meter Swim, Tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes, and complete a time event within 1 minute 40 seconds: Swim 5 yards, perform a surface dive, retrieve 3 objects from 4-7 ft., and return to start.

*Prior to teaching Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Water Safety Instructors must complete an online orientation to Safety Training for Swim Coaches on Instructor’s Corner.

Prerequisites: 
  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
  • Front Crawl – 25 yards
  • Back Crawl – 25 yards
  • Breaststroke – 25 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
  • Sidestroke – 25 yard
  • Butterfly – 15 yards
2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
3. Tread water for 1 minute

KAUAI
Instructor: Glenn Pang
Contact hours: 32
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Meeting time:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Kauai County pool
Cost: $500

This is a public course offering hosted by Mokihana Aquatics on Kauai. All classes occur at the pool in Kauaʻi.

The lecture portion of the class is an online blended format to be completed prior to contact time. A link to the materials will be provided 3 weeks before skills class is scheduled.

FIT7108      TBA    4 mtgs.

WAIT LIST/REQUEST MORE INFORMATION (FIT7108)
If you have any questions or would like to be notified when the next course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call the HOEA office at (808) 235-7331.
students in ocean

Power Watercraft Operator Training

This course provides students with hands-on skills training designed for safe power watercraft (PWC) operations in Hawaiian waters. Students practice operating a PWC in calm waters, driving with a rescue sled attached, riding with passengers, performing basic passenger pick-up techniques and maneuvering a trailer. Students will also learn about PWC preventative maintenance, safe operating practices, and risk management while operating in the near-shore and open ocean environment. Discussed are the history and development of power watercraft (PWC) as a recreational and commercial ocean vessel in Hawaiʻi. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Certificate of Professional Development from WCC. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.

Prerequisites:
  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved course
  • WCC Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education Course
  • Participants must successfully perform a 500-yard swim (not timed), tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes, and successfully complete a beach/ocean skills drill comprising a 100-yard beach run +100-yard ocean swim.
OAHU
Instructor:  Trevor Wilson
Contact hours: 48
Meeting time: Tuesday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, TBA
Cost:  $800

FIT7110   TBA    3 mtgs.

WAIT LIST/REQUEST MORE INFORMATION (FIT7110)
If you have any questions or would like to be notified when the next course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call the HOEA office at (808) 235-7331.

Rescue Watercraft Operator Training

Rescue Watercraft Operator Training:  Rescue Water Craft Operator Training emphasizes using the PWC for ocean safety operations. Students will be exposed to the PWC as an important tool for surface water rescue operations, including search and rescue techniques, multiple PWC operations, and ocean safety management practices for escorting, events, and professional lifeguarding scenarios. Upon successful completion of the course, the students receive a Certificate of Professional Development from WCC. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.

Prerequisites:
  • Safe Boating In Hawaiian Waters or Equivalent Hawaii State NASBLA-approved course
  • WCC Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education
  • WCC Ocean Safety Educational Course (for High Surf Warning Endorsement)
  • WCC Ocean Safety Technician Training / equivalent (USLA Ocean Safety Trainee/Officer)
  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Participants must successfully perform a 500-yard swim, tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes, and complete a beach & ocean skills drill: 100 yard beach run +100 yard ocean swim (not timed)
OAHU
Instructor:  Trevor Wilson
Contact hours: 48
Meeting time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, TBA
Cost:  $800

FIT7111    TBA   6 mtgs.
WAIT LIST/REQUEST MORE INFORMATION (FIT7111)
If you have any questions or would like to be notified when the next course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call the HOEA office at (808) 235-7331.
Lifeguard performing in water rescue using a surfboard.

Ocean Safety Technician Training

The Ocean Safety Technician training course is intended for persons involved in ocean recreation activities and businesses in Hawaii who need to learn basic ocean safety management practices and ocean rescue skills. The curriculum includes Standard First Aid & CPR/AED certification, basic ocean rescue skills training and subject matter specific to aquatic recreation including snorkeling, sailing, paddling and surfing sports from the professional disciplines of epidemiology, human factors, marine science, sociology, law and culture.

The course will provide the participant with the skills and resource materials to develop a Risk Management Plan, which is a requirement of the Department of Education for Surf Club development, and is recommended for all commercial Ocean Recreation operations.

A Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician states that the participant has met all the requirements of the course and has demonstrated competency in basic ocean rescue skills and ocean safety risk management skills used by Hawaii’s professional ocean safety practitioners at Hawaii’s beaches and near-shore waters. The Certificate also entitles the participant to serve as a State of Hawai’i, Department of Education Surf Coach. It is valid for two years, at which time a refresher course is offered for participants who need re-certification.

Prerequisites:
  • Participant must be 15 years of age and be able to complete a 500-yard swim in a pool prior to the start of the course
  • Participant must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician from WCC
OAHU
Instructors:  John R.K. Clark & Patrick Durkin
Contact hours: 16
Class meets:  Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  Windward CC, Hale Kuhina 115, Beach TBD

FIT8130   TBA  3 mtgs.
For WAIT LIST information please call (808) 235-7331.

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A group of kids learning to surf by standing on surfboards on the beach. Waikiki beach and Diamond Head in the background.

Surfing Technician Training

This course provides participants with hands-on experiences in surfing sports. Some of the surfing sports that will be covered include bodysurfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddle surfing, mat surfing, traditional and modern board surfing. Students will be given an introduction and description of surfing sports as a modern recreational activity, learn the history and development of surf sports in Hawaii and discuss safety issues with surf sports in Hawaiian ocean waters. Also covered are customary practices and sport etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, competitive sporting events and commercial and tourism aspects. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Prerequisites:
  • Participant must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes and tread water for 5 minutes in the open ocean.
  • Participant must also have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Stand-Up Paddle Technician from Windward Community College.

Instructor: Ian Masterson
Contact hours: 16
Meeting time:  TBA
Location: Windward CC
Cost: TBA

FIT7102   TBA    2 mtgs.
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Men and women learning and practicing how to stand up paddle on boards on the beach.

Stand Up Paddle Technician Training


This course provides participants with hands-on experiences in stand-up paddleboard (SUP) water sports, especially as they apply to a Hawaiian ocean environment. Participants will be given an introduction and description of (SUP) water sports as a modern recreational activity, learn the history and development of SUP water sports in Hawaii and discuss safety issues with SUP water sports in Hawaiian ocean waters. Also covered are customary practices and sport etiquette, environmental and cultural issues, competitive sporting events and commercial and tourism aspects of SUP watersports.   

Prerequisites:
  • Participant must pass a water safety test demonstrating the ability to swim a minimum of 500 yards using any strokes and tread water for 5 minutes in the open ocean.
  • Participant must also have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as a Stand-Up Paddle Technician from Windward Community College.
Instructor: Sam Pa‘e Jr.
Contact hours: 16
Meeting time:  TBA
Location: Windward CC
Cost:  TBA

FIT7101    TBA    2 mtgs.
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HAWAII OCEAN EDUCATION ACADEMY - WAIT LIST/REQUEST MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions or would like to be notified when any of the course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call the HOEA office at (808) 235-7331.
Ian Masterson
Ian Masterson is an educator, an ocean recreation specialist, and a passionate Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Hailing from Ko‘olaupoko, this O‘ahu surfer has developed college courses in Surf Science, Culture, and Technology at the University of Hawaii’s Windward Community College and at Hawaii Pacific University, where he specializes in place-based, culturally oriented curriculum.
John Clark
John Clark is a former lifeguard and deputy fire chief of the Honolulu Fire Department, is the author of nine books on Hawaii’s beaches and surf spots published by the University of Hawaii Press. He is also the co-editor of The Hawaiian Journal of History, an annual publication of the Hawaiian Historical Society, and a columnist for Lawai’a, a fishing magazine. He has an AS in Fire Science from H.C.C., a BA in Hawaiian Studies from UH Manoa, and a Masters in Public Administration from UH Manoa.  
Glenn Pang
Glenn Pang has been a beach lifeguard, pool manager and water safety educator for the C&C of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Pang has taught a variety of aquatics courses, and achieved the status of Red Cross Instructor Trainer for both water safety and lifeguarding. He is currently operating the Aquatics Facility for the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center as their Aquatic Director. 
Patrick Durkin
Patrick Durkin is a former County of Kauai Lifeguard with 18 years of professional ocean lifeguarding experience. He is a US. Coast Guard licensed boat captain who has operated sailboats from 22 ft. double-hulled sailing canoes to 65 ft. snorkeling and sightseeing catamarans. He conducts ocean rescue training programs for surf instructors, boat crew, kayak guides and outfitters who require safety certifications for insurance companies and government agencies. Pat is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and former USLA Ocean Lifeguard Instructor.
He is on the board of directors of the Kauai Lifeguard Association, and chairman of the Kauai Water Safety Task Force.
Trevor Wilson
Trevor B. Wilson has been with the Honolulu Fire Department 1994 to present. All but two of those years he was assigned to a station with a boat or PWC for response to emergencies in aquatic environments. Trevor was chosen by the late Jeffrey Barbieto to assist in training and development of the Rescue Water Craft program during its infant stages for the Honolulu Fire Department. An integral element of ocean rescues, Trevor has acquired an immense amount of experience and knowledge. Much of this is accredited to working and playing side by side with some of the best watermen in the world. Trevor is currently Chief of Operations and curriculum developer for Ku’au Rescue.  
  An Alumnus of the University of Hawaii system, and an ocean sports enthusiast raised in the Ko’olaupoko area in which he still resides, Trevor is an advocate for safety, prevention and conservation within our aquatic environments.   
Sam Pae Jr.
Sam Pa'e Jr. is an avid waterperson, surfer, swimmer, diver, canoe, stand-up paddler, and a member of Ku’au Rescue.  He has earned Instructor-level certifications for USPS, USCG AUX, National Safe Boating Council, and NASBLA.  Sam also has numerous certificates that includes boating safety, first aid, CPR, AED, and life guarding.  He has been teaching the certified Recreational Thrill Craft Operators Safety Education and Ocean Safety Education courses since 2005.