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Welcome to Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation

Empowering Youth Through Adventure,

Experiential Education, 

and Ocean Conservation

Explore the Ocean with Us

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation

Your Partner in Experiential Education
CCOA Foundation Logo which is a circle with the organization name around it with a sailing ship in the center of the circle

Youth Programs

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation offers various programs and activities for youth to learn about the ocean and its ecosystems. Our programs promote ocean conservation, STEM comprehension, environmental stewardship, teamwork, self-confidence, and nautical skills through adventure sailing and educational experiences about marine life. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the ocean and its biodiversity.

History also plays an important role as it informs our present and our future. CCOAF and Mystic Whaler's Living History experiential education programs also incorporate CCOAF's core goals.

Young people on a ships deck hauling on a rope that is raising a sail on a tall ship.
A man is helping a young boy release a rope with knots on it so they can see how fast the tall sailing ship they are on is sailing.

Community Programs

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation is committed to making a positive impact on the community and providing educational opportunities through our programs. Our community programs aim to educate people of all ages about the ocean and its ecosystems, and inspire them to take action in preserving our oceans.

A girl is being lifted up in a type of swing known as a bosuns chair by a boy who is pulling on a rope as he stands on the deck of a tall ship.

Adventure With Mystic Whaler

A tall ship named Mystic Whaler  on the ocean with all her sails unfurled.

Our community plays a critical role in supporting Central Coast Ocean Adventures' educational Mission. Educational Public Day Sails help provide funding for educational subsidies for local youth. 

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation also offers volunteer programs for people who are passionate about sailing, education, and marine conservation. Our volunteer programs provide opportunities for people to get involved and make a positive impact in their local communities.

The tall ship Mystic Whaler on the ocean with her sails unfurled with mountains and a sailboat in the background.

Who We Are

About Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation

Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Central Coast of California, specifically in the communities of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Its mission is to promote ocean conservation, STEM comprehension, environmental stewardship, teamwork, self-confidence, and nautical skills through adventure sailing and educational experiences about marine life, with a special focus on youth.

Our Programs

See Our Programs in Action

Check out our gallery to see our programs in action and the positive impact we are making on local youth.

Our Partners

We believe in Partnerships

The logo for the organization Tall Ships America which shows the number fifty , some waves, and a tall ship.
The logo of the Santa Barbara Maritime Maritime Museum.
The Logo of Channel Islands Harbor Ventura County.
The logo for the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.
The logo for the Santa Barbara Channel Whale Heritage Area.
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