Oceans of Opportunity

Providence, the Ocean State's capital city.

Ocean Opportunity Inc. is a Rhode Island based non-profit organization incorporated in 2003. In 2004, it received its 501(c)3 tax-exempt determination from the United States Internal Revenue Service.

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‘Oceans of Opportunity’ and ‘Michael Lombardi’ are registered trademarks. All rights reserved.


Ocean Opportunity Inc. (OO) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to evolve the art and science of the life aquatic through effective communications and inspired social change.

Simply put – our mission is to make diving important, again.

What we do

OO sponsors, endorses, and facilitates programs across all humanities areas that have a tangible and measurable ability to reach, and foster a new global appreciation of the life aquatic. Our approach is to engage and inspire stakeholders in a given area to take action on critical issues that offer reciprocal value for the stakeholders, the ocean, and humanity, while keeping ‘the human element’ central to all activities.

This ‘human element’, we believe, is essential to gain access to the inaccessible in meaningful ways that will improve our quality of life.


The organization was established in 2003 by Explorer Michael Lombardi after being inspired by work carried out off of Lee Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas (the Island Nation). The organization has taken root in Rhode Island USA (the Ocean State). While we undertake projects and programs throughout the world, we return to both the Island Nation and the Ocean State routinely, giving back to the communities that have given us so much.