Our Sponsors


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

We would like to thank our corporate, professional, and governmental partners who support the Ocean Institute in a variety of ways. Our sponsors provide generous financial and in-kind assistance, as well as cutting-edge oceanographic research topics and equipment that we incorporate into our award-winning programs.

Corporate Partner

Monarch Beach Resort

Overlooking the blue Pacific waters of Southern California The Monarch Beach Resort beckons guests to indulge in luxury accommodations and personalized service at its Tuscan-inspired retreat. The AAA five-diamond resort, located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego counties, offers guests a private beach club with “Surf Butlers,” six notable dining venues, Spa Gaucin, Monarch Beach Golf Links, hard and clay tennis courts and unlimited leisure activities.

Corporate Partner

Toshiba American Business Solutions

Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) is a subsidiary of Toshiba Tec Corporation, a global leader in office printing and retail solutions. TABS provides multifunction printers, managed document services and digital signage for businesses of all sizes throughout the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America.  

Corporate Partner

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Corporate Partner

Edison International

Edison International, through their subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power, and invests in energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Southern California Edison is one of the largest electric utilities in the nation, and the nation’s single largest purchaser of renewable power. They provide reliable electricity to 14 million Californians.

Corporate Partner

Swenson Family Foundation

Jim and Sue Swenson have been outstandingly loyal supporters of the Ocean Institute for nearly two decades. From the bottom of their hearts, Jim and Sue believe in the mission of the Ocean Institute and do everything they can to support the work we do with children from throughout Southern California. They provide annual funding to bring hundreds of underserved students to programs at the Institute through our Adopt A Class program. They gave the leadership gift to build our state-of-the-art facility in 2001.

Corporate Partner

miocean: Reducing Local Ocean Pollution

Our vision is to apply a business approach to solving water-quality and ocean pollution issues by collaborating with government agencies, corporations, small businesses, and individuals.

Miocean is primarily focused on developing solutions to ocean pollution in the form of measurable projects.

Corporate Partner


Hobie Alter started out shaping surfboards, he ended up shaping a culture. Considering this is the story of one man’s great imagination, to fully grasp the story of Hobie you need to start by using your imagination. Imagine it is summer vacation 1950 and young Hobart “Hobie” Alter hits on an idea to bring together his two loves, woodshop and water. He asks his dad to pull the Desoto out of the family’s Laguna Beach, California garage, and the history of surfing was about to enter a new era. Hobie began by building beautiful 9-foot balsawood icons for his friends. They worked well!

Professional Partner

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Welcome to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology. There has never been a more exciting time for JPL than now, with exciting missions spread throughout the solar system. I hope you’ll use our Web site to chart this time of unprecedented challenge and exploratory adventure.

Professional Partner

The Archaeological Institute of America

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. The Institute is a nonprofit group founded in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906. Today, the AIA has nearly 250,000 Members belonging to more than 100 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. The organization is unique because it counts among its Members professional archaeologists and Corresponding Members, students, and many others from all walks of life.

Professional Partner


The MIT Deep Water Archaeology Research Group, DeepArch, is developing methodology for archaeological investigations in the deepest parts of the world’s oceans (to 6,000m deep) using advanced sensors, robotics, and submersibles. DeepArch conducts research that includes archaeologists, historians, engineers, and oceanographers, so that the challenge of working in deep water can be approached from all angles. Leaders in these fields are brought together through lectures, conferences, and expeditions, to investigate the tools and methods needed to study this complex discipline.

Professional Partner

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine science research, graduate training, and public service in the world.

Research at Scripps encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans. Ongoing investigations include the topography and composition of the ocean bottom, waves and currents, and the flow and interchange of matter between seawater and the ocean bottom or the atmosphere. Scripps’s research ships are used in these investigations throughout the world’s oceans.

Professional Partner

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA)

Founded in 1989, SIMA represents the interests of America’s surf industry and is designed to help you grow your business, save you money and help your company operate more efficiently. SIMA members include manufacturers and distributors of surfboards, surf apparel (swimwear, sportswear, boardwear, etc.), wetsuits, bodyboards, eyewear, footwear, accessories and other products used by beach and board sports consumers as well as magazines, exhibit companies, video companies and surf industry vendors such as banks and insurance companies.

Professional Partner

UCLA Virtual Lab

The UCLA Cultural VR Lab was founded in 1997 by Prof. Bernard Frischer in collaboration with Prof. Diane Favro of the UCLA Department of Architecture.

Mission: to create authenticated 3D computer models of culturally significant sites around the world; to research ways of utilizing computer models in teaching, research, and commerce.

Governmental Representative

City of Dana Point

The City of Dana Point encourages community involvement and is committed to:

  • Develop and ensure the highest possible quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors.
  • Provide a safe and healthy environment within a sound economic atmosphere.
  • Provide an efficient and effective government which is open and responsive to the needs of the community and works for the benefit of all.
Governmental Representative

County of Orange

Mission: Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.