OUR MISSION

Our mission is to teach children the importance of our oceans, of man's effect on marine life, and how we can work together to conserve the ocean and its inhabitants.
We will explore the problems our oceans’ face with a goal of creating solutions for our future.
To "pass the torch" to the next generation of conservationists by showing children to respect marine life and our resources.

FIRST - A LOOK BACK

Why do we think a program like this matters?  Because seemingly small gifts or opportunities can change a child’s life in significant ways.
For many of us as children, outside influences shaped who we became as adults.
We want to “pay it forward” and give children in surrounding communities the same kind of life-changing experiences that we had as children.

 

A NEW OPPORTUNITY

In 2008, we launched Rocio del Mar as a liveaboard dive vessel dedicated to bringing divers to the magical waters of Mexico.
Because of the success of Rocio del Mar, we were able to bring on Quino el Guardian.
Quino el Guardian is focused on research and education and booked by university programs and citizen science programs.
Our goal is to extend opportunities to children via our Heroes del Mar program.

GULF OF CALIFORNIA

The Sea of Cortez is a magical place.  Once called "The World's Aquarium" by Jacques Cousteau, it has an incredible diversity of marine life:
~ 258,593 km2 extension
~ More than 900 protected islands
~ 36 marine mammal species
~ 31 cetaceans
~ 5 sea turtle species
~ More than 700 fish species

By Credit Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC - http://visibleearth.nasa.gov, Public Domain,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3832934

LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES

We will have awesome experiences for our Heroes including:
Expert speakers
Classes in biology and conservation, pollution, sustainable fishing, local economy
Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, bird and whale watching
Deep-rooted respect for our oceans, marine life, and resources

APPLICATION PROCESS

Children ages 13-17 may submit a written or video essay telling why they feel they should participate in this program and what they expect to gain from the experience.
Recruits will be chosen based on their passion for learning and their potential for sharing what they learn with their community.
After their Heroes of the Sea experience, they will follow up with us by submitting a “before and after” project that showcases how they applied what they learned.

EVERYONE CAN GET INVOLVED

Kids are a powerful force! Once they become passionate they will involve parents, friends, family and entire communities.
We will be reaching out to you via e-mail & social media with opportunities for you to contribute to the cause!

The time is now for the voice of the sea to speak to the souls of our children.