Connecting People

with the Ocean


Plastic garbage is killing our oceans—from microscopic organisms to entire marine food webs the effects of plastic pollution are devastating. For most of us this damage is far away and invisible.

Ocean Ambassadors is a not-for-profit organization turning the tide of marine pollution. Through our educational programs and community initiatives we get people into the ocean, educate them about the threat of marine pollution and empower people to make real change.



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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After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday. On December 1st, Ocean Ambassadors is joining the international movement dedicated to giving back.

By making a donation to Ocean Ambassadors Canada, you can help us reach our goal of $50,000. These funds will support young peoples’ participation in the Ocean Ambassador Youth Leadership Programs. These programs are held within Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, and involve: 

  • 1000+ young people, aged 13-18, participating in a 12 month leadership program
  • Developing a deeper love for the ocean via paddle boarding and beach exploration
  • Learning from ocean experts about the impact of global warming and human interaction   
  • Participating in research projects lead by marine biologists  
  • Launching sustainability initiatives in their own communities 

Many of the young people participating in our Ocean Ambassadors Youth Leadership Programs go on to lead incredible change. They are inspired to educate their families, friends and amazing communities about the importance of ocean sustainability. Many have already taken an active role in progressing single-use reduction initiatives, as seen in Deep Cove, Horseshoe Bay and Edgemont Village. 

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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. During our school programs and summer camps, 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. 

We are changing the way we consume single use plastic. Ocean Ambassadors Canada is working with forward thinking communities, local businesses and organizations to create plastic reduction initiatives that cater for our changing needs. These impactful initiatives have to power to bring communities together around an issue that impacts us all.  


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 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