Connecting People

with the Ocean


Plastic garbage is killing our oceans—harming fish, birds, whales and entire marine food webs. For most of us this damage is far away and invisible.

Ocean Ambassadors is turning the tide of marine pollution by getting participants into the ocean, educating them about the threat of plastics, and empowering them to make real change.


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Connecting Young People with the Ocean



Plastic garbage is killing our oceans—harming fish, birds, whales and entire marine food webs. For most of us this damage is far away and invisible.

Ocean Ambassadors is turning the tide of marine pollution by getting students into the ocean, educating them about the threat of plastics, and empowering them to make real change.

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5.25 trillion
pieces of plastic debris in the ocean
1,000,000
sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually by ocean plastic
500 billion
plastic bags are used each year, more than 1 million per minute
5.25 trillion
pieces of plastic debris in the ocean
1,000,000
sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually by ocean plastic
500 billion
plastic bags are used each year, more than 1 million per minute
5.25 trillion
pieces of plastic debris in the ocean
1,000,000
sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually by ocean plastic
500 billion
plastic bags are used each year, more than 1 million per minute

“People protect what they love.”

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

“People protect what they love.”

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

Problem Worth Solving

Our oceans are in trouble. But without a personal connection to our oceans, it’s difficult for us to feel inspired to save them.

We are energizing a growing community of Ocean Ambassadors by engaging people with the seas that surround us. We start these ambassadors on their journey by forging a relationship with the ocean that includes wet feet, personal experience, and enthusiastic ecology—understanding the problem of ocean garbage and inspiring them to take action.


Enjoying the Ocean

Participants with drysuits and stand-up
paddle-boards will paddle with certified instructors and experience the ocean — kelp, seals, jellyfish and all. Grade 2 students with gumboots will explore the shoreline.

Learning the Issues

Via a 20-minute preparatory video, classroom activities and an interactive, on-the-beach workshop, participants will learn about plastic pollution, ocean life and human health

Inspiring Change

Participants are challenged to rethink our use of plastics and empowered to make changes in their own lives—from avoiding throwaway plastics to organizing beach clean-ups and zero-waste initiatives

Enjoying the Ocean

Students with drysuits and stand-up
paddle-boards from our TideRider equipment van will paddle with certified instructors and experience the ocean — kelp, seals, jellyfish and all

Learning the Issues

Via a 20-minute preparatory video, classroom activities and an interactive, on-the-beach workshop, students will learn about plastic pollution, ocean life and human health

Inspiring Change

Students are challenged to rethink our use of plastics and empowered to make changes in their own lives—from avoiding throwaway plastics to organizing beach clean-ups and zero-waste initiatives

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

— Dr. Sylvia Earle

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

— Dr. Sylvia Earle