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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

New Zealand

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Join the OY movement


Like. Share. Act. The ocean needs you(th)!

Ocean Youth (OY) is a program aimed at teens who want to get involved in the many aspects of marine conservation and animal care whilst developing valuable skills and meeting like-minded people. Young ocean-loving leaders will have the opportunity to create and collaborate on projects that will help our oceans survive and thrive into the future. Ocean Youth is all about gaining skills and implementing solutions to some of the big, hairy issues our oceans face and influencing others to do the same. You'll also learn valuable transferable skills and have opportunities to volunteer for the many events and activities at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

Ocean Youth engages tomorrow's leaders and change makers - specifically those aged between 12 - 18 years old (inclusive) - to conserve and protect our oceans. Build a global community of young people to drive positive change to improve the world's oceans!


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OY Ambassador Programme

The Ocean Youth programme is delivered through SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's aquarium and consists of interactive, immersive, and skills building activities. Program fees cover all excursions and on-site sessions that in the past have included: a whale and dolphin safari, a snorkel day, a kayaking afternoon, work experience opportunities and much more! In addition there are unplanned events that Ocean Youth participants are invited to including turtle rescues/releases, school outreach and community events such as clean-ups.

Work Experience:

This is where participants gain hands-on experience working at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s – with the opportunity to assist in public presentations, tours, guest interaction and animal care (age dependant).


Skill building:

Participants will learn valuable and transferable skills like event coordination, public speaking, customer service, leadership and communication.


Nature-based Experiences:

There's nothing like being in nature to make you fall in love with it and want to protect it. Throughout the year we'll be offering opportunities to get amongst our amazing marine environments.

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Approximately 30% of the world’s population is under the age of 18. The core objective of Ocean Youth is to ensure the principles of ocean conservation and sustainable use of its precious resources are embedded at all levels of decision making now and into the future, whether it be by governments, industry or community globally. Building the capacity of young people, our future leaders and a significant component of our communities, is critical to implementing the solutions needed to halt the decline in our planet’s health.

Our young people are going to face immense environmental problems as a result of our actions today and yesterday. We want to put them on the front foot to tackle these challenges head-on.

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Give us a holler at Ocean Youth! 

Send us an email and say OY!

Want to enquire about the Ocean Youth Ambassador programme at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium? Simple! Email our Ocean Youth Coordinator at learn@kellytarltons.co.nz. We'd love to hear from you!


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As the name suggests, these are individuals who are aware of the issues our planet faces, understand their roles within that and are confident in changing their own behaviour and implementing positive solutions to tackle these issues within their communities (school, family, social network or beyond).

Oceanpreneurs are creative, innovative, business-minded individuals who develop commercially viable solutions for the market that make our oceans and the planet a healthier, saver and more beautiful place. Some people are happy to make individual changes and influence their communities to help our planet (Solutionary) whilst others want to transform the marketplace with their innovative, planet-friendly products and services (Oceanpreneur).

Marketing, communication, project planning, and public speaking are some of the skills that you'll pick up in this phase and will help thrust you into being a change maker extraordinaire.

The cost of the program is $250 excl GST. Program fees must be paid in full prior to the commencement of the program (Feb/March of each calendar year). Participants must apply through the online application process and be accepted to the program before payment will be requested. Program costs cover SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's staff salary for program delivery. Events can vary. You will not receive a refund if you do not show up to either an Ocean Youth event as costs have been incurred at the time of booking in anticipation of booking numbers.

All of our Ocean Youth facilitators are tertiary qualified and experienced to deliver Ocean Youth and have the relevant government required checks to do so.

You can ask for a replacement or refund if the problem with the service (Ocean Youth program) is major. The Ocean Future Fund Inc. may consider how much time has passed since you paid for the service (Ocean Youth program) considering the following factors:

  • Type of product
  • How a consumer is likely to use the product
  • The length of time for which it is reasonable for the product to be used
  • The amount of use it could reasonably be expected to tolerate before the failure becomes noticeable.

For a major problem with services, you can cancel the contract and obtain a refund or seek compensation for the drop in the value of your services provided compared to the price paid.

What is a major problem?

A service has a major problem when:

  • It has a problem that would have stopped someone from buying it if they’d known about it;
  • It is substantially unfit for its common purpose and can’t easily be fixed within a reasonable time;
  • It does not meet the specific purpose you asked for and cannot easily be fixed within a reasonable time;
  • It creates an unsafe situation.

A major problem is NOT:

  • Being unavailable to attend a pre-arranged event for personal reasons, illness, travel, lack of transport etc.;
  • Changing your mind.