The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, the Bay Foundation Clean Vessel Act program) and the Keep the Delta Clean Program in partnership with, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the US Power Squadrons and the Lake Berryessa Partnership will conduct more Dockwalker Training workshops this year. If you are already a trained Dockwalker and were trained more than 3 years ago, please join us for a refresher class!
Dockwalkers are trained to engage members of the public and the boating community to adopt clean boating practices. Dockwalkers share clean boating information with boaters and distribute educational materials (boater kits), while visiting marinas, launch ramps, marine supply stores, boat shows and special events (i.e. regattas, opening days, among others).
As you realize, Dockwalker is only a generic term because you do not necessarily have to walk the docks in order to talk to boaters about safety and clean boating practices. Remember safety and the environment go hand in hand.
Training is FREE and Dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, and educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including the 2014 boater kits.
These boater kits include; A Boater's Guide to Keeping Pollutants Out of the Water; Oil Absorbent Pillow to capture oil leaks and drips; a variety of informative Clean and Safe Boating Resources including the Environmental Boating Laws Every Recreational Boater Should Know the ABC's of Boating Law, among others. Depending on your region, we may also provide the Delta Clean Boating map and the San Francisco Bay Area Clean Boating Map. In addition, newly trained Southern California Dockwalkers will receive the new edition of the Southern California Boater's Guide.
This program provides great benefits to Marinas and Yacht clubs. Click Here to view or download a PDF of the Dockwalker Program from the DBW website. To find out about future training classes or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or by email to email@example.com.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshops
The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service periodically offer special workshops to learn about controlling invasive species.
To register for any of these workshops, please contact the Boating Clean and Green Program Coordinator Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or Vivian.Matuk@coastal.ca.gov
Workshop participants will:
* Gain an understanding of the impacts AIS have on the environment;
* Learn to recognize them in their region;
* Learn how to take action and prevent spreading the invasive species by inspecting and cleaning equipment and watercraft.
Oil Spill Response Workshops
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California's Boating Clean and Green Program, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services periodically offer educational workshops to learn about the proper response reporting and response procedures in the event of an oil spill.
Workshops cover information on:
- California's oil spill response structure
- Office of Spill Prevention and Response Equipment Grants
- Third party claim process
- General information on oil spill kits for boating facilities
- Marinas and Yacht Clubs Spill Response Communication Packet
- Tools and resources available to increase communication capabilities between boating facilities and offices of emergency services during oil spills