Getting to Know the Division of Boating and Waterways



Welcome to another Transformation Tuesday! Part of California State Park’s transformation effort also involves learning about our department and the important work that our staff accomplishes. Today we would like to re-introduce you to the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW).

The division, which became part of California State Parks in July 2013, brings together a body of knowledge as the state’s expert in recreational boating-related matters, including public access, safety and education, marine law enforcement, and consumer and environmental protection.

For example, DBW provides funding so that local agencies can renew deteriorated facilities or develop new public access. In addition, the department is heavily involved in furthering environmentally sound boating practices through its clean and green programs. Also, it is involved in research on climate change and wave prediction as they relate to navigation and coastal protection.

Law enforcement agencies also benefit from DBW’s services. The division provides funding for the following items: personnel for marine law enforcement; search and rescue incidents; patrol boats and equipment; training; removal, storage and disposal of abandoned recreational vessels and other navigational hazards; and etc.

We invite to take a couple of minutes to view a training video of a rescue boat operations course, sponsored by DBW. The curriculum is designed for marine patrol officers and other first responders who handle emergency rescue boats under varying conditions. The class is offered by a long-term training partner – the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Lifeguards).

Please visit DBW’s website for further information on the division and grant opportunities –


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