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OCEAN YOUTH PROGRAM

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OY, THIS COULD BE YOU!

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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 it too. 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 a minimum of 4 workshops, 12-month access to the aquarium + unplanned events including turtle rescues, releases school outreach and community events such as cleanups. The 12-month aquarium entry can be used either if volunteer opportunities are made available to you at the aquarium or for your own personal use and covers just the participant. Click through each tab to see what's on offer.

Keeper Sessions:

This is where we introduce you to the life of a keeper or aquarist at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. You'll learn what's involved in caring for animals at the aquarium, their biology and ecology and how you can help their friends in the wild.

Skill building:

This is where you get to 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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WHY DO WE NEED YOU(TH)?

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! 

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!

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FAQ

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. A number of optional excursions will be offered as part of the program to further enhance the Ocean Youth experience, however, the costs of these are not included in the program fees. Discounts are often available due to partnerships with third-party suppliers. You must register your interest with these optional excursions with the Ocean Youth facilitators so group bookings can be secured. You will not receive a refund if you do not show up to either an Ocean Youth event or a third party optional 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. SEA LIFE Conservation Trust Inc. may take into account 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.