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Toa o le Tai

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noun - Toa o le Tai means Hero of the Sea or Ocean warriors in the Samoan language. The learn-to-swim and appreciate the ocean program in American Samoa is managed by Bruckner Chase and Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase.


"Bruckner Chase, called Uila o le Sami, is considered a Toa o le Tai for his innovative work in Amerika Samoa."

Toa o le Tai ® - Surf Life Saving Sports & Jr Guard Training[edit]

The Toa o le Tai ® - Surf Life Saving Sports & Jr Guard Training program is in Camden, New Jersey and co-founded by Bruckner Chase and Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase. The youth who participate in the Toa o le Tai® program (a) train, race and have fun learning open water swimming and paddle boarding skills like those used by ocean lifeguards in Australia, California, and South Jersey, (b) train to compete in surf life saving races using rescue equipment, techniques and skills of ocean lifeguard athletes, (c) learn how to be safe in and around the ocean and open water, (d) discover the knowledge and skill required of ocean lifeguards, marine scientist and aquatic professionals, and (e) connect with ocean athletes and professionals at the Jersey Shore and around the world.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination[edit]

The Toa o le Tai program was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads, 3,000-year ocean history of American Samoa has been embraced to lead the community's youth into the ocean as open water swimmers under the inspirational leadership, vision and aquapreneurship of Bruckner and Michelle Chase. Their Toa o le Tai (Ocean Hero) program, created based on a request by Governor Togiola T. A Tulafono and funded by a grant from the American Samoa Department of Commerce, is an innovative approach to creating proficient swimmers and ocean athletes capable of protecting themselves, their community and their oceans by instilling in them the strength to act, the passion to care and the vision to inspire. For its unique educational curriculum for adolescent and young adult students that involves hands-on training in the ocean, for its inspiration to the people with deep ties to the ocean, for its idealistic model as an educational tool to inspire the next generation of watermen and women, Toa o le Tai is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Toa a le Tai 2012[edit]

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