Educational Materials

Clean Boating Educational Materials

Southern California Boater’s Guide

Southern California Boaters Guide

The Guide provides comprehensive information about each harbor in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties, including:

    • Harbor entrance obstacles
  • How to get a guest slip
  • Locations of waste disposal and fueling facilities
  • Local rules and ordinances
  • Custom harbor maps
  • Environmentally sound boating tips

If you would like a hard copy, please fill out an order form or download a PDF version.

Southern California Boater’s Guide e-book

Look for the Boater’s Guide App Icon in the iTunes App Store.










Visit the iTunes App Store to download the interactive e-book App for free, iPads version 2 and later required.  We are working to bring this App to other tablet devices and phones.  Look for the Boater’s Guide App Icon in the iTunes App Store

2018 Southern California Tide Calendar














In addition to the tides get sewage management tips, a list of boat-to-boat services, marine protected area information, harbor resources, and more.

If you would like to order Tide Calendars please contact us.


Bilge Pumpout Video Tour

Oceanside Harbor’s state-of-the-art bilge pumpout and oil-water separator uses the latest in science and technology. This facility will directly improve ocean water quality by making safe and proper disposal of oily bilge water easy and efficient for boaters.  Watch this video tour and demonstration to learn more.


Pumpout Nav

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The Pumpout Nav app automatically finds your location, and suggests the closest pumpout stations to you (map or list view available).  It includes details on how to use a pumpout station, and environmental risks and regulations regarding sewage discharge.  One can report non-operational units through the app and even submit photos.

Download the iOS app

Download the Android app

Boat Marine Sanitation Device and Y-valve

Discharging sewage overboard can spread disease, harm aquatic life, impact nutrient levels in the water, and compromises our enjoyment of the water.  Properly disposing of boat sewage makes a difference in water quality and the marine environment we all enjoy!  Watch this video to learn the laws regarding your Marine Sanitation Device and how to properly secure your Y-valve to prevent an accidental discharge.

The Changing Tide

Read our newsletter to learn about the latest boating trends and destinations throughout the state.  Visit our Changing Tide Archive to read past issues and contact us to subscribe.  TBF publishes the newsletter with California Clean Boating Network partners (Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission, Boating Clean & Green Program, and the Keep the Delta Clean Program.)

When Nature Calls

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When Nature Calls is the official California State Parks vessel sewage guide.  A 14-page, full color booklet that provides information about proper boat sewage management, Marine Sanitation Devices, how-to steps for pumping out boat sewage, no discharge zones and restricted water bodies, laws, and green solutions.  If you would like hard copies please contact us.  This publication was produced in partnership with California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways.

Boater Kit

The Boater Kit is an educational tool for boaters.  Kits are distributed by trained staff and Dockwalker volunteers.  The kit includes:

  • Oil absorbent pillow
  • Tide tables and marina guide booklet
  • ABC’s of California Boating Laws
  • Environmental Boating Laws brochure
  • Laminated quick reference sheet

To get your free boater kit, find The Bay Foundation at a boat show or boating event.  Look at our calendar to see what boating events we will be attending in your area.

The Boater Kits are created by The Bay Foundation, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission, and the Boating Clean & Green Program.