Staff & Crew

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


Planning Your Trip

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


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

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

Classes to start March 5

By OSO Staff · February 11, 2019

Spring 2019 classes will begin on Tuesday, March 5. Program manager Laura Walker is scheduling a record number of classes, … Read more

Another Year of Effective Stewardship Education

By OSO Staff · December 12, 2018

Applied Survey Research has just released its analysis of student surveys done of the 5,349 students O’Neill Sea Odyssey served … Read more

Dates to know


OSO Spring start date


Earth Day

May 1

Applications open for the 2020/2021 school year