...promoting clean boating through education
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 Program.
Many organizations have made this program successful
including, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the US
Power Squadrons. Other partners include:
This calendar will show you some great Dockwalking opportunities. Southern California events are identified with **. Contact Vivian Matuk at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you want to participate in any of the Southern California events.
Find out about:
- the Dockwalkers Program
- upcoming trainings
- Video: Our Playground, Their World
- ordering boater kits and other materials [PDF]
- how current Dockwalkers can keep track of their outreach
- the 2013 Jacket Giveaway Contest!
- dockwalking tips
- resources for Dockwalkers
- Dockwalker Newsletter
- Dockwalker Hall of Fame
- what participants are saying about the program
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.
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:
California Coastal Commission/California Department of Boating and Waterways
45 Fremont Street
Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
2013 Dockwalker Trainings
Check back for additional training sessions still to be announced!
February 23, 2013 – San Diego
March 2, 2013 – Oxnard
For more information,
Here are some photos from previous Dockwalker trainings.
See the video shown at
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
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:
California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont St., Ste. 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-5216 Fax
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:
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.firstname.lastname@example.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!
Delta Boating Events
For specific Delta events visit http://www.californiadeltadawdling.com/deltaevents.htm
You can also have Dockwalking activities at local boating events, boat launch ramps, marinas and other places boaters frequent.
Resources for Dockwalkers
- Dockwalker Newsletter
- The Dockwalker Handbook
- Statewide Boater Kit Distribution and Questionnaire Guidelines
- Delta Boater Kit Distribution and Questionnaire Guidelines
- Postcard to help to promote the Dockwalker program
Other Related Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
- Important Factoids to Remember
- Important Websites for Dockwalkers to Remember
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