Staff & Crew

Meet our fantastic team of instructors, skippers, office staff and board of directors that make our program possible.

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Find everything you need to know about getting your students ready for their OSO adventure.

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Join the elite team of community members that make OSO possible.

Jack O’Neill, wetsuit innovator, started OSO in 1996 to teach children to appreciate and care for the marine environment.

“This is such an important experience for students. We can learn a lot in the classroom, but being out on the Sea Odyssey sail boat and experiencing the fragile eco system helps them truly build empathy for our oceans. Now that they care more, we can go farther back in the classroom. THANK YOU!”

Ms. Gilpin, Green Acres Elementary

“Such an amazing day! Objectives (learning) were very clear for each activity. Lots of hands-on and thought provoking discussions. The best part, the wonderful teachers. You planted lots of seeds today!”

Ms. Harrington, Rolling Hills Middle School

“My students said that they learned so much that it "changed their world" We look forward to this every year! Thank you!”

Ms. Jacobs, Bradley Elementary

OSO News

Keeping Adam Webster’s legacy alive –  O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s unique program brings ocean education to people with special needs

By Riley Chapman · September 20, 2022

With his parents, Tom and Judy Webster, Adam, born with special needs,  loved being out on the water onboard the … Read more

OSO Volunteer Day – Sept 16, 10 AM-2 PM

By Abby · September 7, 2022

O’Neill Sea Odyssey is recruiting volunteers! We have an upcoming volunteer event on Friday, September 16th from 10 am-2 pm … Read more

OSO is Hiring Marine Science Instructors!

By Riley Chapman · August 1, 2022

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Science Instructor Job Description Summary: OSO is seeking a Marine Science Instructor with excellent outdoor teaching skills, … Read more

Applications Open Soon!

By OSO Staff · April 29, 2022

Applications are Open May 2nd at 8AM Calling all 4th through 6th-grade students and teachers and special education classes:  Please … Read more

Executive Director in the News!

By OSO Staff · March 14, 2022

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Hires new Executive Director The Board of Directors for O’Neill Sea Odyssey has hired Tracey Weiss as … Read more

We’re hiring a Finance Manager!

By OSO Staff · February 22, 2022

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Finance Manager The O’Neill Sea Odyssey program is looking for an experienced nonprofit finance professional to manage … Read more

We’re hiring a Marine Science Instructor!

By OSO Staff · February 2, 2022

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Science Instructor OSO is seeking a Marine Science Instructor with excellent outdoor teaching skills, a strong … Read more

Instructor Spotlight: Lauren Hanneman

By OSO Staff · November 26, 2019

An interview with 14-year OSO Marine Science Instructor Lauren Hanneman: Educator, Academic, Role Model, Environmental Steward. What attracted you to … Read more

We’re hiring a Marine Science Instructor!

By OSO Staff · July 29, 2019

O’Neill Sea Odyssey Marine Science Instructor Job Description Application Deadline: Priority deadline:Thursday, August 15. Applications accepted on an on-going basis. … Read more

A Woman of the Water: Meet Meg Decoite, O’Neill Sea Odyssey Education Intern

By OSO Staff · June 24, 2019

Meg Decoite, 22, a junior at UCSC studying marine biology, has not had your typical college trajectory. Deeply committed to … Read more

Dates to know

4-Mar

OSO Spring start date

22-APR

Earth Day

May 1

Applications open for the 2020/2021 school year