Virtual Trainings Now Available (April and May): Become a Partner Dockwalker, Connect and Learn From Home!

Become a 2020 Partner Dockwalker by taking one of our Video conference trainings!

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, and with social/ physical distancing in mind, we are planning to offer virtual Dockwalker trainings using the Zoom video conferencing system. This is a great alternative to an in-person training and in the best interest of everyone considering the current situation. Through the Zoom video conferencing system you will be able to see the instructor live and ask questions! Do not worry it is a very simple system and we are here to help walk you through it! Remember if you were trained 3 years ago, it is time to get recertified.

We will be offering the following virtual Dockwalker trainings :

Northern CA:
Saturday, April 4th from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm
Saturday, April 18th from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm
Saturday, May 2nd from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm

Southern CA:
Saturday, April 25th from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm
Saturday, May 9th from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm

• You will only need a computer with internet access and either a phone to call in or the computer’s speaker and microphone.
• You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom video conference meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you received the link from us.

• What we need from you:

1. Please register to one of the virtual trainings mentioned above by emailing Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov and let us know to which training you want to register. Please include your name, organization (if applicable), address and phone number.
2. Once we receive your registration, we will be sending you the Zoom invite information link and easy to follow instructions and some additional files.

1. Please register to one of the virtual trainings mentioned above by emailing Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov and let us know to which training you want to register. Please include your name, organization (if applicable), address and phone number.
2. Once we receive your registration, we will be sending you the Zoom invite information link and easy to follow instructions and some additional files.

Thank you for cooperation and we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Vivian Matuk (California State Parks and California Coastal Commission); Vicki Gambale, Georgia Tunioli (The Bay Foundation)

PROGRAM INFORMATION
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 2020 California Boater Kits, while visiting marinas, launch ramps, marine supply stores, boat shows and special events (i.e. regattas, opening days, among others). “Dockwalker” is only a general term because you are not limited to “walking the docks” in order to talk to boaters about safety and clean boating practices. Remember safety and the environment go hand in hand.

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 potential sources of boat pollution, federal and state laws, environmentally-sound boating practices, information on how to conduct Dockwalking, and an overview of the educational materials Dockwalkers will distribute.

Since 2000, more than a 1,000 Dockwalkers have taught 10,000 boaters about oil, fuel, sewage, trash and marine debris prevention. Participation in the program, including the training sessions, qualifies as community service.
If you are already a trained Dockwalker and were trained more than three years ago, please join us this year for a refresher class.

Anyone from 15 to 100 years young with an interest in water quality and sharing clean boating information (regardless of your background) can become a Dockwalker!

This program provides tons of benefits to:
Boaters and Water Enthusiasts
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
Marinas, Harbors and Yacht Club Operators and Staff
United States Power Squadrons