We open eyes underwater for the first time... building confidence, inclusivity and fostering ocean stewardship.
Currently, most of our work is in South Africa.
For many children along the South African coastline, the thought of the ocean conjures feelings of fear, doubt or unattainable joy. The communities we work with live walking distance to the ocean but has little to no real experience beyond the beach.
HOW WE DO IT
We work with schools located within 10km from the ocean in underserved communities. Our target group is Grade 7 learners and our groups are a maximum of 24 participants. Our goal is always to work with all the Grade 7 pupils in a particular school each year.
Our Ocean Guardians School Workshops are two full school days spent at the beach practicing yoga-inspired stretching & breath work & mindfulness, learning about the marine ecosystems and ocean challenges, the human body's unique adaptation to being underwater and exploring the intertidal zones and rock pools with marine experts. The highlight of the workshops is the time spent snorkelling. Learning how to be confident in deeper water, swim safety, understanding the ocean better and of course seeing the incredible life our ocean holds. From majestic kelp forests, to octopus, small cat sharks, brightly coloured urchins and anemones to an array of fish species.
Our SEASON is based round the SOUTHERN SUMMER
SUMMER SESSIONS // January - May // Two-Day Ocean Guardians Workshops
WINTER SEASON // June - August // School Talks and River Cleanups
SPRING SESSIONS // September - December // Two-Day Ocean Guardians Workshops
December School Holidays // Pop-Up Snorkel Days on busy beaches and Ocean Camps
PAST OCEAN WORKSHOP PROJECTS GLOBALLY
From Knysna to Durban, to Bermuda and Ecuador... to Mozambique and the Maldives we have been involved in sharing ocean experiences with coastal communities with little to no ocean access. See some of our FEATURED PROJECTS.