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The Ocean Swimming/Ocean Science (OS/OS) class of Samoana High School is in its third year as part of the Department of Education curriculum at Samoana High School.


The OS/OS class which began two years ago as a pilot program, and has yet to expand to other schools, teaches students not only how to swim, it teaches water safety, water survival and water rescue techniques in the open water, as well as classes in Marine Science.


The open water part of the class is taught by the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) headed by Zero Iaulualo. This part of the class meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Utulei Beach. On Tuesday and Thursday, the class meets in the classroom to learn about Marine Science which is taught by staff from the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


Samoa News spoke with members of the class that has an enrollment of 25 this semester. “I can’t believe we have a class like this, where we get to be in the water. Even though we do have lots of fun, we also learn at the same time, whether it’s in the classroom or in the water,” said one student.


Another exclaimed, “Wow! I have always wanted to learn how to swim and now I have a chance. I am also learning about what sea-life actually lives in the water.”  ASAA head Iaulualo stated that he is excited about the class, now in its third season, and hopes that someday it will expand to other schools within the Department of Education.