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Dockwalkers Program

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The Dockwalker program is led by California Coastal Commission and the California Department of Boating and Waterways’ Boating Clean and Green Program and is implemented in partnership with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the Keep the Delta Clean ProgramMany organizations have made this program successful including, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the US Power Squadrons. Other partners include: Lake Berryessa Partnership, the City of Newport Beach, Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, Women's Sailing Association, Windjammers and the Fairwind Yacht Clubs, Humboldt BayKeeper, West Marine, among others.

This calendar will show you some great Dockwalking opportunities. Southern California events are identified with **. Contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905 if you want to add an event to this calendar or if you want to participate in any of the Northern California events. Please contact Victoria Ippolito at vippolito@waterboards.ca.gov if you want to participate in any of the Southern California events.

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Who are DOCKWALKERS?

Dockwalkers are volunteers who inspire and educate boaters and other recreators to be safe and environmentally sound while boating in California. Dockwalkers distribute boater kits with educational materials while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events.


Dockwalkers in Action


Dockwalking activity at Fortman Marina during the 2004 National Marina Day

How do DOCKWALKERS Help?

The efforts of Dockwalkers increase boater awareness about clean and safe boating, thus improving the recreation experience in California while helping to preserve its precious wildlife habitat and water quality. There are over 500 Dockwalkers statewide who have distributed more than 80,000 boater kits since 2000.


Who Does DOCKWALKERS?

Several years ago, Save Our Shores in Santa Cruz developed the concept of Dockwalkers and continues its program in the Monterey Bay area. The Boating Clean and Green Program adapted the concept and developed a statewide training program with support and assistance from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. In addition, the Program partners with local governments and nonprofit organizations in conducting the Dockwalker trainings and distributing boater education materials through Dockwalkers.

How Do I Become a DOCKWALKER?

Contact the California Coastal Commission and the California Department of Boating and Waterway’s Boating Clean and Green Program at (415) 904-6905 or visit www.coast4u.org (click in Boating Clean and Green) to register for a FREE 2 hour training class. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits and a video about clean boating in California. Age range is 15 years and up. The program can document community service hours.

What Is a Boater Kit?

The boater kit is an educational tool for boaters. Items include: a pocketbook of tide tables, Department of Boating and Waterways pamphlets (ABC’s of the California Boating Law and Clean Boating Habits), oil absorbent pillow with reusable zip tie and instructions, and more. Depending on your region, we may also provide the Delta Clean Boating map and/or the San Francisco Bay Area Clean Boating Map and the new edition of the Southern California Boater’s Guide. Boaters can receive a boater kit after completing a brief boater questionnaire/pledge. This questionnaire will help to identify gaps in environmental services and better target future boater education efforts.

During the Dockwalker training class you can take some boater kits with you.  You are welcome to order more kits once the completed boater questionnaires are returned to the program manager.

What is a Recreational Boater Questionnaire?

All boaters who receive a boater kit during the 2013 boating season must complete a brief and anonymous Recreational Boater Questionnaire. The information is used to improve the Program, better understand boater behavior and identify gaps in terms of safe and clean boating education and services.

What is the West Marine Jacket Contest?

In recognition of the good work and dedication of our clean boating Dockwalkers, West Marine will be donating three gorgeous jackets to the Dockwalker program for the 3 Dockwalkers who return the most number of completed boaters questionnaire. After finishing your Dockwalking activities, collect all the boater questionnaires and return them to us. You will have until October 22, 2013 to return all the completed questionnaires.

Where Can I DOCKWALK?

You can conduct Dockwalking visits on your own at marinas, boat launch ramps and fuel docks. You can also participate at local boating events such as boat shows, fishing derbies, poker runs, fairs and other boating events. Also, find out about local events and festivals by contacting local boating publications, marina operators, yacht clubs, among others.

Where is DOCKWALKERS Training Conducted?

The Boating Clean and Green Campaign will conduct training anywhere in California outside of the training area covered by Save Our Shores. Currently, Save Our Shores conducts Dockwalkers training in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Mateo.

Take advantage of this great offer…contact:

Vivian Matuk
California Coastal Commission/California Department of Boating and Waterways
45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

(415) 904-6905
vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov

 

 2013 Dockwalker Trainings

Check back for additional training sessions still to be announced!

February 23, 2013 – San Diego
10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Mission Bay Yacht Club
1215 El Carmel Place San Diego, CA 92109

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

March 2, 2013 – Oxnard
9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.                                                            
US Coast Guard Recruiting Center, Channel Island Harbor          
4202 S. Victoria Oxnard, Ca. 93035-4363

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
March 12, 2013 – Sonoma
8:00 pm to 9:15 pm                                                 
Petaluma Yacht Club                 
10 C Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
March 19, 2013 – Sacramento
6:30 p.m. to 8: 15 p.m.                                                        
Sacramento Yacht Club             
3365 South River Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
April 4, 2013 – Webinar
7 pm. - 9 p.m.                                                        
Space is limited. You must register.             
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/774499198
**THIS TRAINING IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.**

 
April 6, 2013 – Orange County
10 a.m to 12:45 p.m.                                                        
Orange County Sheriff Harbor Patrol Office             
1901 Bayside Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
April 13, 2013 – Santa Cruz
9 a.m to 10:30 a.m.                                                        
Santa Cruz Harbor Meeting Room             
365 A Lake Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95062

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
April 27, 2013 – Redondo Beach
10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.                                                        
King Harbor Yacht Club             
280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.


 
May 1, 2013 – Morro Bay
6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.                                                        
Morro Bay Community Center             
1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

 
May 30, 2013 – San Francisco
6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.                                                        
South Beach Harbor             
40 Pier San Francisco, CA 94107-2119

Download the flyer/registration form in MS Word or PDF.

For more information,
please contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or
vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.


Here are some photos from previous Dockwalker trainings.

See the video shown at Dockwalker trainings: 
environmental issues and best management practices for boaters are presented.


Our Playground, Their World.

Produced by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and updated by Project-GreenWorks

It is divided into three parts.

Our Playground, Their World (Part 1)


Our Playground, Their World
(Part 2)


Our Playground, Their World
(Part 3)

 

DOCUMENTING OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
 
 
ATTENTION DOCKWALKERS!

Help us to determine the extent of the Dockwalker’s outreach -- please keep track of the number and location of boater kits you distribute.

Please take a moment to fill out the Dockwalkers tracking form via our online sytem OR fill it out in PDF or in Microsoft Word to help the Campaign to make this program more valuable in the future.  If you fill out the forms in PDF or MS Word, please return the form by December 1st of each year.  Your responses can be mailed to:

Vivian Matuk
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont St., Ste. 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105              

(415) 904-5216 Fax  
vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov


2013 BOATER QUESTIONNAIRE

In recognition of the good work and dedication of our clean boating Dockwalkers, West Marine will be donating three gorgeous jackets to the Dockwalker program for the 3 Dockwalkers who get the most complete number of boater surveys.

After finishing your Dockwalking activities in 2013, collect all the boater surveys and return them before October 22, 2013.

Boater Questionnaires go to:

Vivian Matuk
Environmental Boating Program Coordinator
California Coastal Commission
California Department of Boating and Waterways
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94105


 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOCKWALKING

Clean & Safe Boating Days
San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor, 3950 Scott Street at Marina Boulevard
     June 2, 2013: Clean & Safe Boating Days Kick-off, 11am
     June 8:  10am - 2pm
     June 15: 10am - 2pm
     June 16: 10am - 2pm
     June 29: 10am - 2pm
     June 30: 10am - 2pm
To sign up for training and dockwalking, contact Cynthia Knowles at Cynthia.knowles@sfgov.org or (415)355-3760. To walk the docks you must attend Dockwalker training or already be a trained dockwalker. The times are flexible. Parking is free!

Southern California Boat Shows

Northern California Boat Shows

Delta Boating Events

For specific Delta events visit http://www.californiadeltadawdling.com/deltaevents.htm

 

REMEMBER! 
You can also have Dockwalking activities at  local boating events, boat launch ramps, marinas and other places boaters frequent.


Resources for Dockwalkers

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