What Participants Are Saying about the Dockwalker Program
"The Dockwalker Program has been a terrific public outreach
and education program that fits perfectly with our Boating
Safety Program at the Universityof California, Davis. It makes perfect sense to increase
environmental awareness and clean boating practices while
providing boating safety education, the benefits of an informed
public directly translate to safer and cleaner waters for
California and the generations of boaters that work, play or
perform research through out our states waterways. We must
continue to share the information in the Dockwalker kits because
the quality of our water directly impacts millions of organisms
and ultimately millions people, therefore it is truly up to us,
the people, to keep it clean and safe for a sustainable future,
the Dockwalker Program is helping us toward that goal." (James
Fitzgerald, U.C. Davis, Office of Boating Safety, USCG Auxiliary
Dockwalking in Santa Barbara
"Boaters are excited about this program. They seem to
be especially appreciative of the oil pillow. One person
told me that they keep the occasional oil drippings in tow by
leaving the pillow in their bilge."(Victoria Colella,
Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour - Sausalito).
"People were very pleased to fill out the survey, learn about
clean boating and get the clean boating kit. It is a great
program and I hope to do more soon. Everyone was so upbeat about
the program as I believe people want to do the right thing, but
often times not sure what the right thing is." (Winston
Bumpus Sequoia Yacht Club - Redwood City)
When we do our Vessel Safety Exam Stations, we also do the
Dockwalking. Almost everyone I asked to take the survey
said yes. They were very eager to learn how to be a
cleaner boater. They also understand the answers better
after I give a brief explanation as to why the correct answer is
the correct answer. Plus, they just like getting free
stuff (Robert Niccum, US Coast Guard Auxiliary - Livermore).
"I worked an event for safe boating week at U.S. Coast Guard Base Golden Gate. We were offering tours of a Coast Guard rescue boat and a private yacht used in Coast Guard patrols. The base is adjacent to the Children's Discovery Museum. We had many children come by with their parents to tour the boats. It was a great opportunity to talk to boat owners and their families about the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the CA Coastal Commission's Dockwalker program. Working with the Coast Guard added expertise from their end for questions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and how we are all partners in defending the water and sea communities around us.
Priscilla Minkel at Benicia Yacht Club
"The Dockwalker program is an invaluable asset to California
marinas. The Program educates the boating public as to the
importance of being environmentally aware in our interaction
with the water. As boaters, we have an intimate
relationship with water and want to see it kept clean and
healthy. I have taken the Dockwalker course and have
become a certified Dockwalkers. I can now help educate my
tenants about best management practices in all boating
activities, and how to have the least impact on the marine
environment. I can not say enough good things about the
Dockwalker program and its important relationship with the
boating public. Thanks Dockwalkers for your great work!" (Elaine Lutz, Cabrillo Isle Marina Harbormaster - San Diego)
"Every since I received a boater kit at the LA boat show in 2009 the Dockwalker program has become more interesting. 5 members of our Alamitos Sail and Power Squadron attended a training session at Newport in March of 2009. When it came time to order some boater kits to handout I said yes to take one "unit" plus a box of kits which was handed out at the training event. Several of our squadron members including myself thought a unit was one more case of 18 boater kits. Were we ever surprised when 3 boxes arrive a week after the training session. The first chance to distribute boater kits was at the Anaheim SCMA boat show in April. I thought well I will be working at the USPS booth so let's see how the boat show guests react. I gave away a full box of kits and called my fellow USPS member for another box which he delivered to the show. By the end of the evening of that first day of the show all 36 boater kits were distributed after surveys were turned in. Handing out the boater kits allowed us to break the Ice with visitors and discuss USPS as well as the Dock Walker program clean boating messages.
Since that show we have handed out kits on Y dock in Oceanside, at the Fall SCMA show in Long Beach, to members of the San Luis Rey USPS squadron in Oceanside and to students in our USPS classes. This spring we handed out kits at both the USPS booth and the Santa Monica Baybooth at SCMA's LA boat show. Then it was on the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach and Del Mar where several hundred kits were distributed.
Its nice to ask visitors "Do you have a Boat" and get a "yes" response which leads to survey's getting filled out to turn. Best of all is to either educate or remind boaters that they need to use pump outs, avoid oil spill and NEVER squirt soap on an oil spill to make it disappear from the surface. Hopefully we can add other simple education and reminders to the program to encourage collection of all trash on your boat for disposal on land. That includes those not so innocent cigarettes and any Styrofoam pieces. (As a licensed captain we discourage anyone from bringing Styrofoam on the boat while discouraging any smoking.)
It is rewarding to ask people at boat shows, Do you have a
boat? and having received a yes response" (Dick
Daybell, US Power Squadron, Oceanside Harbor)..
Dockwalking at Folsom Lake
So, quite frankly, we provide a service, an educational
service, to those that recreate in our bays, harbors and
estuaries in an effort to provide a legacy for our children and
grand children. Many of us have enjoyed playing in these
waters and now we have the opportunity to help provide that
enjoyment to the next generations." (Jim Sinasek, City
of Newport Beach, Special Projects Coordinator, Harbor Resources
– Newport Beach).
"All of our customers who received the clean boating kits
were more than happy to spend a few minutes filling out the
survey. Most were very impressed with the contents of the kits
and were surprised when learning something new!"
(Andrea Borges, VJMarine Services - Pittsburg). .
Dockwalking in Marina Del Rey
My favorite places to participate in the Dockwalker Program are fuel docks where by example we inspire the employees providing fuel for the boaters. We encourage the boaters to stop and think about what they are tossing overboard while out fishing. My other favorite place is the launch ramp on a busy day. People are lined up waiting to get into the water. They have time to take the survey and are delighted with their reward gifts. The rewards for taking the survey are the "Key"to getting the boaters we really need to educate to take the survey. Otherwise they'd probably never stop and think about pollution. p>
We CAN make the "blue pacific"blue again." (Carole
Walsh, Vice-commodore Fairwind Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey).
"Some of the comments I have received from boaters include:
"I found this survey to be helpful because I jogged my mind into
action and practicing these good clean boating habits, not just
thinking about them. The bag is a good way to have the
materials close by and it reminds me to tell the other users who
come on board to be responsible" and finally "The pillow is the
best! Just the right size!" (Patrick Henry, City
of Santa Barbara HarborOperations Assistant – Santa Barbara).
"Our Public Information table was busy with boaters filling out surveys for the Dockwalker program and learning how they can make a difference in keeping our marina's clean and our beaches safe. We gave out 21 boat bags and the boater enthusiasm was inspiring. We heard comments from boaters, "This program is so needed in our area", "It's really nice to be a part of the solution instead of the cause of a problem", "The Dockwalker program "Rocks!" (Mike Ledger, Vice Flotilla Commander, Mission BayFlotilla 1 – 5).
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