Youth Resilience 

OUTDOOR EDUCATION & Youth Resilience Programmes

At One Ocean International, we're committed to fostering confidence, capability, resilience and a continual sense of wonder in the next generation of budding watermen, waterwomen and community leaders.


That's why we've spent considerable time and energy crafting specialty programmes for school-aged kids.

These programmes bring together knowledge and learnings from decades operating in dynamic ocean environments, high-consequence leadership positions, ever-changing professional structures, varied educational settings and a myriad of cultures around the globe.


We base all our teaching around interactive, stimulating games and exercises that keep everyone interested, motivated and safe. The programmes are fun, engaging and jam-packed with skills specifically designed to give kids real confidence and adaptive skills not only in changing ocean environments, but (more importantly!), also in life.

Depending on the needs and desired outcomes of the school or organisation, we offer two programme formats:

WaterGroms Programme

This programme is water-based and focussed on developing water skills and confidence in aquatic environments. We naturally touch on subjects such as fear management and positive mental anchors, however this programme is designed for those groups that want to develop solid ocean skills. 

Our aim for this programme is to give students the understanding of why we do things and how the body reacts to certain situations and to instil confidence and self-belief. This is achieved by fun, challenging and realistic confined-water training which is tailored to individual experience and local beach conditions. 

Practical training covers areas such as breath hold and apnea, dynamic finning techniques, diving to depth (≤10m), the Buddy System, first aid and rescue, ocean preparedness and sea survival.

This programme caters for all ability levels, provided students are able to swim.

Ages 10-16.

Youth Resilience Programme

This programme can be delivered in either a water-based or dry setting and is focussed on developing lifelong resilience skills. It is less about performing in the ocean and more about using apnea, exercise and play to identify and overcome fears and challenges.

Our aim for this programme is to provide students with a quiver of practical mental and physical skills that can be adapted for use in all life settings. This is achieved by establishing simple anatomy and physiology understandings, then using practical exercises and game-based learning to address panic and fear management, nervous system adaption, breathing patterns, mindfulness, positive mental anchors, goal-setting and challenge mastery. 

Using a proven Educate - Demonstrate - Participate format, this programme gives students the space to confront challenge and fear, empower themselves and others and ultimately grow as people.

Very few students leave this programme unchanged; for many, it is a life-changing experience!

Ages 14-18.

course length

Our Outdoor Education and Youth Resilience programmes are designed allow for flexible delivery.

Both programmes are delivered 2 days, or can be tailored to Semester-length formats, depending on the needs of the school or organisation.

These programmes can function as stand-alone activities, or can be integrated into established Outdoor Education, Health or PE curriculum.

Simply contact us to discuss how we can help!!

Who are these programmes for...?

These programmes are suitable for all levels of school-age kids. Programmes can be specifically tailored to challenge those that enter this level with more ocean experience. 



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Minimum standards

Students must be able to swim 400m and be medically fit (see below).

Minimum age is 10.

To obtain the WaterGroms Programme certification, students must:

  1. Complete the pre course registration and online learning package

  2. Display competence in the following:

    • One Ocean International Breathing Patterns

    • Freestyle and sidestroke swimming

    • Underwater breaststroke

    • Duckdive

    • Using the Buddy System

    • Black Out Rescue

  3. Perform the following:

    • A static apnea of at least 2’00”

    • A dynamic-no-fins distance of 25 m.

    • A 400m One Ocean International surf survival swimming pattern

    • Correct demonstrations of survival swimming techniques

    • A Black Out Rescue on the surface


  • Freediving mask and Flotation aids

what to bring

  • Towel

  • Wetsuit (board shorts/bikini/swimsuit minimum)

  • Mask and snorkel

  • Water

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Zink/sunscreen

  • Pen and notepad

  • Lunch

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration as part of your course registration. Unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship training, you will not be required to complete a medical examination.

Students with contradicting medical conditions, however, will be required to undergo a Dive Medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. We require documentation of this prior to course participation.

Medical conditions that are of concern to watermanship training are: lung conditions, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean International.