Our ‘On Board Ocean Educator’ (OBOE), John Hepburn, is offering other sail trainers, recreational and commercial sailors, the chance to learn from our experience of fostering Ocean Literacy in the young people we take sailing.

The two day course at the Mount Batten Centre in December will draw on what the trust has learnt from its Ocean Literacy one week cruise and Ocean Discoverability® day trips for children with disabilities. There will be a mixture of talks and discussions, practical sessions such as rockpool and pontoon safaris, beach cleaning and plankton trawling, and a fun quiz. Sail trainers, recreational and commercial sailors, and potential OBOEs will better understand the importance of the ocean, how it works, what it does for us, what we do to it and how we can do better. And they will see how they can engage their crews with the ocean and contribute to their understanding and stewardship of it.

Participants will hear from experts in marine science and the Blue Economy from:

  • Cattewater Harbour Commissioners
  • Cornwall Marine Network
  • Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • Devon Wildlife Trust
  • Marine Biological Association
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • National Marine Aquarium
  • Plymouth City Council
  • University of Plymouth
  • Boscalis will host a ship visit, and
  • Sutton Harbour a tour of the fish market.

This has all been made possible by a generous donation from Plymouth Yacht Haven, where The Island Trust boats, Johanna Lucretia, Moosk and Pegasus are berthed. It will also be the venue for some of the practical sessions.

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