After a looong hiatus, during the Spring of 2022 we started reaching out to past program partners, sponsors, instructors, and participants to gauge interest in re-booting Ocean Awareness Training (widely known as ‘OAT’ to our friends and alumni).
It’s hard to believe that it’s been EIGHT years since the last OAT was offered on O‘ahu. But that’s about to change. With sponsorship support from the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai‘i, we’re planning to offer our very first virtual OAT experience this Fall. More details on that coming soon.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from YOU! We’re interested to learn what new learning experiences may be of interest to program alumni and other natural history buffs and ocean lovers.
If we expand OAT beyond the core nearshore topics that have been covered in the past (Hawai‘i’s marine environment, Hawaiian culture, protected species [including marine mammals + sea turtles], reef biology + ecology, marine life identification, marine debris, and coastal hazards), what other topics would you be interested to learn about?
Please share your ideas as a comment below!
Cover photo of honu (green sea turtles) by John Johnson of onebreathphotography.com