Bruckner Chase

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Bruckner Chase, an American Adventure swimmer and ocean advocate
Bruckner Chase, Environmentalist)
Bruckner Chase, Uila O Le Sami
Bruckner Chase, also known as Uila O Le Sami in American Samoa, is an environmentalist, adventure swimmer, ocean advocate, marathon swimmer, coach, speaker and writer who works closely with his wife Michelle Evans-Chase on a number of ocean awareness initiatives. His endurance career began in the early 1980's, and he competed his first Ironman distance triathlon in 1985 at the age of 19. Those early forays into endorphin nirvana led to a life long passion for discovering his own potential while encourage others to discover their own.

Chase was formally given the title of Uila O Le Sami in American Samoa by the High Talking Chief of the village Aunu'u in May 2011 during a blessing and ceremony on the island moments before he began an unprecedented 9-mile crossing from Aunu'u Island to Pago Pago, the main island of American Samoa.

He created the innovative 2Samoas/1Ocean curriculum including the Toa o le Tai program together with his wife Michelle Evans-Chase.



Chase holds a degree in Exercise Science from Rice University and has been a personal trainer and swim coach at the age group, high school and Masters levels. As an ocean lifeguard swim instructor, he works with South Jersey beach patrols as well as Coast Guard rescue swimmers.

In an effort to raise the Ocean Consciousness of the Ocean City community, Chase and his wife Michelle founded the Ocean City Swim Club to create opportunities for others to discover a place in the ocean while at the same time gaining an understanding of how our lives on land are intimately connected to the seas.

In three decades of endurance pursuits, Chase has competed as a professional triathlete and an ultra-distance runner even finishing the Vermont 100 mile endurance run in 1998.

More recently, Chase has redirected his endurance pursuits to the ocean as a waterman and marathon swimmer and started an innovative educational program in American Samoa. As committed as he is to discovering his own potential in the water, Chase is more passionate about raising awareness of the impact we all have on the oceans. Through endurance pursuits, writing and speaking Bruckner is committed to Changing How We Feel and Think About the Oceans. He was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and also helped the organization of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece where he continues to support and introduce open water swimming to intellectually disabled individuals.

Special Olympics World Summer Games

The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year:

Open Water Wednesday Interview


Toa a le Tai Program

Toa o le Tai means "Hero of the Sea" in the Samoan language.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

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 Video


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