For this module you will need:
The purpose of this module is to teach students how to inspect watercraft for AIS and the standard procedures that they must follow as inspectors and/or decontaminators. This is the most important section of the entire training. Students must understand, retain and practice the details of this module.
Ideal Inspector Activity
This module begins with a group activity “The Ideal Inspector”. Engage the class in a brief facilitated session in which students tell instructors one quality that an ideal inspector or employee or co-worker should have. Creative trainers can draw a person and label it on a flip chart. Others may just make a list and write down the answers and post them on the wall for the duration of the class. Every inspector should strive to be the ideal inspector.
Examples of qualities include: professional, timely, sober, reliable, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, thorough, detailed, awake, clean, hygienic, in proper uniform, passionate, etc.
PowerPoint Presentation – Inspection
The presentation begins with a discussion of the roles and responsibilities of an inspector and then goes into an overview of inspections including the goals for every boat, inspector’s priorities, and equipment.
The slide on the Activity Log is meant to be a placeholder. Trainers should pause on this slide and give every student a log form. Then the trainer should walk the students through the form from left to right and tell them how to fill it out. Not only are you teaching the form, you are really teaching the inspection procedure. Trainers can also have students download the mobile app and teach them using their smart phones if the students will use those on the job. The procedures will be reinforced later.
The next section is on the wire seal and receipt. This is key for students to understand, and it is the future basis for reciprocity across jurisdictions. We want WID stations across the nation using seals and receipts according to these procedures wherever possible!
Most inspections start with a seal removal and all exits end with a seal application. We want as many boats sealed as possible. Be sure students know how to fill out the receipt. Practice reading receipts with them. Bring old receipts if you have any to show – point out what’s good and what’s not.
Outdoor Session – Inspection Practice, Quality Assurance and Seal Application
Break from the PowerPoint after the seal slides and go outside and allow to minutes for students to practice using the log to guide inspections at the boats in pairs of three (boater, inspector, observer).
Concurrently, cycle students through the seal application one by one and be sure they know how to attach a seal and remove a seal.
The Step By Step Inspection Procedures are probably the single most important thing in the training for students to get down and practice. Students are asked to memorize the steps overnight. The curriculum has the procedures and the slideshow goes through it in detail.
Students practicing inspections using the log form.
The rules for standing water and corresponding procedures are detailed in both the presentation and curriculum. It is important that the inspectors understand the triggers for decontamination and the reasons why.
An overview of live aquatic bait rules are included in the inspection presentation. The take home message is that they have to know the rules for their site because bait rules vary greatly among states, federal properties and local governments. Students must know the triggers for decontamination or rejection. Bait decontaminations are covered in the decontamination module.
A brief discussion of reporting requirements and what inspectors should do when they find a mussel boat is included. They need to remain calm and either follows the procedure in the decontamination module or call a supervisor.
Students should learn the following in the inspection module:
Most important – students learn the step by step inspection procedure and seal protocols!
On Day 2 – trainers will demonstrate an exit inspection and students will get to practice exits, seal applications and receipt writing in groups of three again. Quality control forms will be used the same as on day 1.