Toa a le Tai means Hero of the Sea. The National Marine Sanctuaries commemorated Chase's energy, vision and success with a cartoon video for creating the first comprehensive ocean swimming curriculum for high schools in American Samoa.
"Thank you to the National Marine Sanctuaries for giving me the inspiration to keep swimming and keep reaching to positively impact how we feel, think and act towards the oceans," said Chase who was humbled by the support given him by his colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Under the auspices of the non-profit Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Chase is jetting off from New Jersey to American Samoa today to "positively impact how we feel, think and act towards our oceans." With the support of his ocean conservation grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, he will kick-off the ocean swimming and science youth development programs for the government of American Samoa. "As much as I want to help people become stronger open water swimmers, my primary goal is to get them to understand and embrace a personal connection to the marine environment and encourage a sense of conservation stewardship as well. The Samoa model has clinics that include modules for Ocean Sciences/Ocean Swimming and Marine Safety."
Courtesy of Open Water Source