Courtesy of Bruckner Chase, Ocean Positive, Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Bruckner Chase and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Today have partnered to create the Blue Journey Dangerous Waves film series.

Chase, who was given the honorary title of Uila o le Sami after swimming from Aunu’u to Pago Pago in 2011 returned to American Samoa as part of a National Weather Service Ocean Today expedition. Together, they are creating an educational film series covering beach and ocean safety that will focus on the unique hazards around the island.

This innovative project with the National Weather Service is the first time the agency has taken beach and ocean safety to specific areas and focused on creating place specific protective factors,” explained Chase who will serve as the host of the series. “NOAA will release a Surf Zone Safe introductory film along with specific pieces for American Samoa, the East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Southern California and Hawaii as part of Ocean Today’s Full Moon initiative that will be available for safety and educational uses around the world.”

The project is scheduled to finish filming on September 25th in Leone’. “I will be on island until October 2nd speaking with various school, government agencies and village groups to explore ways to continue contributing to empowering those in American Samoa while also enhancing the safety, well-being and health of everyone in community.”

For more information, visit Ocean Today or Ocean Positive.

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