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.
1. Participants 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.
2. Participants must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates prior to receiving their Certificate of Professional Development as an Ocean Safety Technician from WCC.
Registration closes 5 working days prior to start of course.
Learner Outcomes1. Have a fundamental understanding of the social and business development of ocean related eco-tourism activities;
2. Practice Ocean Safety Risk Management and recognize ocean safety industry practices common in the State of Hawaii;
3. Understand how the natural sciences fundamentally relate to the ocean recreation industry;
4. Recognize the environmental, safety, economic, and social impacts of the ocean recreation industry in Hawaii;
5. Develop a beach hazard management plan equivalent to that required by the D.O.E. for maintaining a surf club; and
6. Understand the wide variety of employment opportunities in the ocean recreation industry in the State of Hawaii.