Boating Law Enforcement
To meet DBW's major objective to protect the public's right to safe and enjoyable boating on the waterways of California, the Enforcement Unit has established two primary goals:
1. To provide for adequate boating law enforcement through local agencies.
2. To ensure that enforcement of California boating laws are uniform throughout the State.
The Enforcement Unit meets these goals through programs that provide financial aid and officer training to local boating law enforcement agencies. DBW provides grants to local governments to fund Marine Law Enforcement equipment and remove abandoned recreational vessels, marine debris, and to accept surrendered recreational vessels.
Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF)
Provides grant funds for the removal, storage, and disposal of abandoned recreational vessels and other navigational hazards.
Boating Accident Program
DBW collects and analyzes boating accident reports, develops safety strategies and makes recommendations.
Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment Program
Local governmental agencies may apply for grants to purchase boats, equipment, dive gear, and other marine patrol safety equipment.
Boating Safety and Enforcement Financial Aid Program
Provides funding to local government agencies to augment their existing budget for boating law enforcement personnel, search and rescue operations, recovery of drowned bodies, and other marine patrol operations.
California Boater Card
Mandatory boating safety education for California boat operators.
Marine Law Enforcement Training Program
Provides statewide training to law enforcement officers, harbor patrol officers, lifeguards, and first responders that work in a marine patrol environment.
Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE)
Combines the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund and the Vessel Turn-In Program grants into one, allowing local public agencies one grant to apply for and manage, and the flexibility to use the funds for both purposes as needed.
Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP)
Funds the removal, storage, and disposal of recreational vessels that are voluntarily surrendered by owners to participating local agencies.