Certifications & Crew Training
Blue Planet is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and safety equipment to make your sailing adventure as safe as possible. We shouldn't need any of this equipment on your sail, but if we do, the following equipment is on-board.
Garmin Navigation System
Type I Lifejackets
Smoke & carbon monoxide detector
crew training & certifications
We take your safety seriously. Our crew completes ongoing training and licensing. All our captains are USCG Licensed and have their PADI Dive Instructor Certifications. All crew are CPR trained (and several have their PADI Rescue Diver Training or Lifeguard Training).
More certifications coming soon!
From Scientists to Stewards:
The Eternal Tides Crew Completes Marine Animal Response Training in Hawai'i
The Eternal Tides crew recently completed the Hawaii Marine Animal Response Training, making them Hawaii Marine Stewards. This training focuses on the protection and preservation of Hawaii's marine wildlife, particularly endemic Hawaiian monk seals, turtles, and sea birds. Several members of the crew are marine scientists and wildlife guides, making them uniquely qualified to take on this important responsibility, and contributing to the .
The training covered a variety of topics, including how to respond to marine animal emergencies (call HMAR, don't trap the animal or intervene), how to properly handle and care for injured animals, and how to minimize the impact of human activity on these fragile ecosystems. The crew also learned about the unique challenges facing Hawaii's marine wildlife, including habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.
One of the main areas of focus during the training was the Hawaiian monk seal, an endangered species that is found only in Hawaii. The crew learned about the importance of protecting these animals, as well as the unique challenges that they face, such as habitat loss and fishing net entanglement, and toxoplasmosis exposure due to the high feral cat population throughout the islands. They also learned about the ways in which they can help to protect these animals, such as reporting sightings and participating in beach cleanups.
Another important topic covered during the training was the conservation of sea turtles. Hawaii is home to several species of sea turtles, including the green sea turtle and the hawksbill turtle, both of which are listed as endangered. The crew learned about the threats facing these animals, entanglement in fishing nets, ingestion of plastic debris, and light pollution which negatively impacts hatchling. They also learned about the ways in which they can help to protect these animals, such as supporting efforts to reduce plastic pollution and participating in beach cleanups.
Finally, the crew learned about the conservation of Hawaii's sea birds. Hawaii is home to a variety of sea bird species, many of which are threatened or endangered due to habitat loss, predation by invasive species, and other factors.
By completing the Hawaii Marine Animal Response Training, the Eternal Tides crew has become Hawaii Marine Stewards, committed to protecting and preserving Hawaii's marine wildlife. With their unique skills and knowledge, they are well-equipped to take on this important responsibility and to make a difference in the lives of Hawaii's marine animals, and are now part of the small list of responsible charters operating throughout Hawai'i.