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Become a Dockwalker

Do you enjoy spending time around the harbor? Do you like talking to your peers about boating and how we can keep our waters clean? Then join us and the community of over 500 of your peers to become a certified Dockwalker volunteer! Dockwalkers are volunteer partners who inspire and educate boaters to be environmental stewards while boating. You will learn how to conduct face-to-face education and distribute valuable Boater Kits, an outreach tool with helpful resources to prevent ocean pollution.


Boating is a popular recreational activity in Southern California and most boaters are great stewards of the environment caring for the waters they recreate in.  Join us and your fellow boaters to make a difference in our communities!  Face-to-face education is a critical way to make an impact. In 2020, The Bay Foundation and our program partners California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission, and the Boating Clean & Green Program conducted five virtual workshops that inspired and trained 105 newly certified Dockwalker volunteers.

Dockwalker trainings typically take place between March and May each year. They are concluded for 2021 but will resume in 2022.  Check back in January 2022 to find out when trainings will take place.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Dalia Gonzalez through our volunteer page.

Volunteers from a Port of Los Angeles Dockwalker training (Vivian Matuk, Environmental Boating Program Coordinator and lead instructor is pictured here, center bottom row)


During Dockwalker trainings, participants learn how an oil absorbent works to prevent oil pollution


The California Dockwalker program is led by the California Coastal Commission and the California Division of Boating and Waterways’ Boating Clean and Green Program and is implemented in partnership with The Bay Foundation.