International Interactive Educational & Conservation Exchange Program


Creating and Inspiring a New Generation of Ocean Ambassadors


The Celebration of the Sea Foundation works to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and INSPIRE people around the world to protect the ocean and the world’s natural resources. A specific focus of all our initiatives is to develop resilient communities and promote STREAM (Science, Technology, Resiliency, Engineering, Arts & Math) education and career paths. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

PLASTIC POLLUTION & BEACH CLEAN UPS – Over 100 million marine mammals are killed each year as a result of plastic pollution. Please join us in helping to remove plastic every day from our marine environment. To be part of the solution and learn more about how to support these efforts in South Florida, please visit and join the amazing work being done through the outstanding leadership of Barry Levy and his team at Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep.


Children’s Swim Program Donations For Monroe County

Celebration of the Sea Foundation & Monroe County Announce Generous Water Sports and Swim Aid Equipment Donations to Support Local Florida Keys Community Swim Programs, Schools & Community Services. Florida Keys Educational, Conservation & Social Services Programs Gather To Celebrate Donation Being Made to Monroe County. Celebration of the Sea Foundation and Monroe County donated hundreds of much needed water sports, snorkel gear, swim aids, toys, shoes and other related items to community organizations and local schools. 

Military Veterans Coral Reef Restoration Mission

FORCE BLUE Military Veterans, Students & Scientists Came Together To Save Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys With Celebration of the Sea Founder & CEO Patxi Pastor – Story Featured On Bonnier Media. The veterans participated in a special program designed to research and help save the coral reefs in Islamorada, Florida. Divers underwent scientific training provided by I.CARE staff covering coral restoration methodology, coral species identification, and data collection.

Ocean Heroes International Program

The “Ocean Heroes” international interactive educational and conservation exchange program features a unique global public-private partnership between leading scientific, educational and conservation organizations. A major focus of the program is placed on highlighting extraordinary ocean conservation role models and respective jobs and career paths for students in STREAM (Science, Technology, Resiliency, Engineering, Arts & Math), Eco-Tourism, Fisheries, Hospitality and the Marine Industries.

Celebration of the Sea Foundation Donates to Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Celebration of the Sea Foundation Donates $13,000 in Affiliation with Audacy and REVERB to Create New Whale Shark Curriculum with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF). Funds were raised through the sale of reusable water bottles at Audacy Beach Festival. The funds will be directed towards the creation and implementation of a new whale shark curriculum which is initially slated for use by US and Mexican students and teachers and is now being produced in collaboration between GHOF and the Celebration of the Sea Foundation. 

Audacy Beach Festival

Celebration of the Sea Foundation & Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Partner with Audacy and REVERB to Promote Ocean Conservation and Sustainability at Audacy Beach Festival. Proceeds from co-branded reusable water bottles sold at the festival will benefit ocean conservation and educational initiatives through the Celebration of the Sea and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Through its year-round 1Thing initiative, Audacy incentivizes people to make simple changes in their daily habits to protect the environment. By combining these actions, Audacy hopes to make a meaningful positive impact on our planet’s ecosystem for future generations.

Riptide Music Festival

The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is pleased to continue to serve as Entercom Communications’ official charity for its annual Riptide Music Festival each year on Fort Lauderdale beach. Attended by over 30,000 people annually the event has become one of South Florida’s favorite signature events. Each year the Celebration of the Sea’s “Eco-Discovery Zone” features leading envirnmental and educational organizations such as Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Pompano Beach Shipwreck Park and many more.

Miami’s Iconic Marine Stadium

Miami’s iconic Miami Marine Stadium plays host each year to the annual Celebration of the Sea “Eco-Discovery Zone” featuring leading ocean conservation and educational organizations such as The Wyland Foundation, Florida International University, MAST@FIU, University of Miami, the Medina Aquarius Program Underwater Habitat, Florida Atlantic University,  DEMA (Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association), History of Diving Museaum, Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and many more.

Internationally Renowned Marine Artist Wyland Receives Celebration of the Sea Lifetime Achievement Award

Celebration of the Sea Founder & CEO Patxi Pastor presents internationally renowned marine artist Wyland the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at Miami’s iconic Marine Stadium.



World Ocean Watch

World Ocean Watch Educational Environmental & Marine Science Program Created By Patxi Pastor, Dr. Barry Rock & Phil Browne Overview The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is proud to have developed the World Ocean Watch (WOW) Environmental and Educational...

FIU Awards Full STEM Scholarship

FIU Awards Full STEM Scholarship Miami Beach Senior High School freshman, Rebecca Rauch-Thane, was awarded a full scholarship to Florida International University at the Miami Beach Environmental Resiliency Summit: Miami Beach Rising Above on March 27th, 2015. The...

Miami Beach Senior High SCUBA Club

Miami Beach Senior High SCUBA Club Miami Beach Senior High School’s SCUBA Club, Co-Founded by Celebration of the Sea Founder and CEO, Patxi Pastor, treated students to an extraordinary opportunity to dive with International SCUBA Diving Hall of Famer, Captain Spencer...

U.S. Navy SCUBA Scholarships

U.S. Navy SCUBA Scholarships Miami Beach High School students and U.S. Navy cadets Sasha Dyroff (Cadet Petty Officer Third Class), Adriana Chait (Cadet Petty Officer Third Class) and Adrea Orduz (Cadet Seaman) were awarded full SCUBA scholarships through the U.S....