Ocean Safety Course


Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 10:00 to 11:30




Detail of Education Session: Ocean Safety Course

This class will be an introduction class on Ocean Risk Assessment and Management. The course will teach you how to read online data to assess sea conditions and show you how to use a checklist to ensure you are entering the ocean under safe conditions. There will be a basic overview of tides, winds, and swell as well as hazardous local marine life. All OIST members are welcome to attend.


About the Instructor Jason MacDonald

Jason MacDonald grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, a stone's throw from the shores of the Bras D'or where he spent over 100 days each year exploring the frigid Canadian Atlantic as a child. As a teenager he swam for the Cape Breton Dorados competing in relay and backstroke, and since leaving school has lived and surfed on four continents over the past 25 years.

In 2014 Jason settled in Okinawa and has spent the majority of his days here exploring the ocean environment. He is a PADI certified Public Safety Diver, UCI Divers Underwater Criminal Investigator, AIDA certified free diver, ISLF Surf Lifesaver, PWC Rescue Operator with the Japan Water Patrol, and is currently employed as Ocean Safety Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps at Camp Butler, Okinawa.

In 2020 Jason started the Okinawa Ocean Safety campaign in response to a spike in drownings during the Covid pandemic, collaborating with top water safety experts to develop the Ocean Safety for Okinawan Waters curriculum. 





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