“Engaging people 13-25 achieves the greatest conservation impact as they tend to be the most interested and willing to act, with high potential to influence others.”

From “America, the Ocean, and Climate Change: New Research Insights for Conservation, Awareness, and Action” by The Ocean Project

Ocean Youth (OY) – Building tomorrow’s leaders and change makers to conserve and protect our oceans. 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.



Consists of interactive, immersive, and skills-building activities.


For digital platform user only




There’s nothing like being in nature to make you fall in love with it and want to protect it. As part of the program we offer opportunities to get amongst our amazing aquatic environments.

Whether it’s getting involved in citizen science or just going for a snorkel, we know you’ll love it so be sure to register your interest early if you’re keen. 


This is where you get to learn valuable and transferable skills like event coordination, project ideation, and communication.

You’ll get to learn by doing via a range of opportunities as part of the program. You’ll also meet some amazing people who are making a positive difference to the health of our oceans. Inspiration plus!


We want to hear your ideas for solutions to some of our oceans’ challenges. Throughout the program, OY Facilitators will help you with your ideas for campaigns, fundraisers or businesses that you might like to have a crack at. You’ll then have an opportunity to pitch your idea at your final event.

There have been some amazing ideas by OY alumni and we’re keen to see our changemakers grow and succeed in securing the future health of our oceans!


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.


FACE TO FACE The cost of the face to face program varies as the program varies across locations. To find out about the program near you apply through the online application process. Our local facilitators will then be in touch with more program details including events and program fees, which cover Ocean Youth facilitators’ salary + activities scheduled as part of the program.

ONLINE Access to the Ocean Youth online platform is free.


Program fees cover a minimum of  workshops. These events may include unplanned activities such as animal rescues & releases, school outreach and community events such as clean ups.

We do our best to have dates in place at the start of the year, however unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather or situations beyond our control with guest presenters may mean dates need to change. Participants must keep an eye on their agreed communications channel (these may differ from site to site) to ensure awareness of any date/time changes. 

Program fees must be paid in full prior to the commencement of the program. You will receive a notification for payment request once we have locked in our program calendar and upon acceptance to the program.

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.


If you have a special need or learning challenge, please disclose this as part of your application to the Ocean Youth program. Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, OCD, or any other recognised learning or behavioural challenge MUST be disclosed on your application form so our staff are informed. 


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 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.