It’s that time of the year again! Welcome to Hawaii Eco Divers’ 2022 Marine Education Program at the Pupukea Marine Conservation District on the North Shore of Oahu.
As part of our commitment to protect our oceans, Hawaii Eco Divers is hosting our annual Marine Education Program at Shark’s Cove on the North Shore of Oahu during the summer 2022.
This program allows students to gain insight on what is happening in the underwater world of Hawaii. We will provide hands on experience for divers and snorkelers to closely observe, research, and monitor the fish and corals of the Pupukea Conservation Zone. The data and information collected by snorkelers and divers will be used to identify marine residents and register the growth of species.
This program is free of cost to all students currently enrolled in the following schools: Elementary, Intermediate, High, undergraduate and Graduate University programs. You must provide your student card to be accepted. Minimum age is 10 years old. We will provide equipment. The program will be held on every Saturday during the months of June and July.
What we will offer during the Marine Education Program:
Ocean Safety. The most important rule of the program is to be safe!
Learn how to reduce the hazards in ocean sports by using risk management. Build your confidence in the ocean, to enjoy swimming and diving safely with a partner. You will learn to read and deal with current, wind, tides, swell forecast, animals behavior, and safe diving practices.
Fish Identification. During this training course the participants will learn:
- To identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
- Fish survey techniques and strategies.
- About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life.
Coral Watch. The goals of this training are:
- To raise awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation and introduce CoralWatch.
- To inform students about coral reef impacts such as coral bleaching.
- To introduce the Coral Health Chart as a monitoring tool.
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify coral health and record data.
- To enable students to plan, organize and execute a Coral Health Chart survey in a safe manner for both students and the environment.
- To emphasize the importance of Coral Health Chart monitoring activities, and provide coral reef conservation opportunities through participation in PADI AWARE’s Foundation CoralWatch Project
- To submit coral health data, contributing to science, and conservation.
Underwater naturalist. Through class discussions and scuba dives our participants will learn:
- Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.
- Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.
- Responsible interactions with aquatic life.
Dive against debris. The training starts in the classroom by learning:
- About marine debris, the damage done, what it is, where it comes from, and how divers are part of the solution.
- How to establish a Dive Against Debris® survey, the survey frequency, sites, profiles, and equipment. In addition to the use of photography and knowing what to leave behind.
- How to make your survey count. The five easy steps to report the debris removed to maximize each survey’s benefits.
- How to join the global AWARE movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet.
During dives, students will conduct a Dive Against Debris survey, including weighing, sorting, recording, disposing, and reporting your marine debris to the PADI AWARE Foundation.
PADI AWARE Foundation is a publicly funded non-profit with three registered charities across the globe. Their mission is to drive local action for global ocean conservation in order to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.
Through classroom workshops, our participants will:
- Be introduced to the AWARE movement.
- Understand the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet.
- Develop an action plan for how they personally can make a difference.
Our main objective through our program is to educate our community about ocean safety, conservation, and preservation by teaching the maximum amount of students from local schools and out of state schools. We have a mission of forming an army of ocean warriors who will be protecting our ocean for the next generations.
Everyone of ages 10 and up are eligible for this program. In order to enroll for the Ocean Education and Conservation program you will need to write us an email explaining why ocean conservation and preservations is important to you and what are you willing to do in order to protect it.
Students can come as often as possible. The program starts at 8:00 am and finishes at 1 pm on every Saturday starting June 4th. We will have a ratio of 4 students per instructor/divemaster and we can take 8 people per day.
Basic swimming skills are mandatory. Parents need to sign a medical and liability waiver release. Students need to bring their own lunch.
Hawaii Eco Divers @hawaiiecodivers
Phone: 808 4999177