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If you are interested in hosting a training and are interested in having a PSMFC trainer run a training session, please contact

Elizabeth Brown


Organizations that are interested in hosting a watercraft inspection and decontamination class should review the checklist below to better understand the responsibilities and requirements necessary for a successful training.

Host Organization Responsibilities

  • Advertise the training.

  • Provide the following information to the lead trainer when scheduling the class:

    • Contact information for the point of contact for class coordination and planning.

    • Hotel recommendations in proximity of training location.

    • Restaurant locations for lunch and food options.

  • Arrange “local perspective” speakers to present for 15–30 minutes at the beginning of the class on any local prevention/outreach programs, local impacts of AIS, etc.

  • Provide the following information to the lead trainer at least one week before the class:

    • The list of local perspective speakers including name, title, agency, and contact information.

    • The roster of attendees including the name, title, agency, and contact information.

Training Room Requirements

  • Available the afternoon before the training for set-up.

  • Available from 8:00 am–6:00 pm the day of the training.

    • Arranged in theater or classroom style with tables and chairs facing a single direction.

    • Small table for registration near the entrance.

    • Large table in the back of the room for display.

      • Supply of local outreach/educational material

    • Laptop computer, projector, and screen set-up.

    • Screen viewing surface large enough to be seen from all seats.

    • Speakers or sound system so that video sound can be heard from all seats.

Hands-on Inspection Activity Requirements

  • One trailered watercraft for every 3–6 students ideally adjacent to training room.

    • Attempt to get a variety of watercraft types (e.g., fishing boat, wakeboard boat, ballast boat, personal watercraft, pontoon boat, etc.) with different types of propulsion systems.

  • Ensure that you have permission and sufficient space to conduct watercraft activities.


Hands-on Decontamination Activity Requirements

  • One decontamination unit for every 6 students paired with a boat and ideally adjacent to training room.

    • Attempt to get different types of decontamination units depending on what the students will be using on thejob (e.g., trailered unit, skid unit, on-demand unit, etc.).

    • Be sure that the units have gas/diesel, keys, batteries, water, and accessories.

  • Safety equipment for all persons participating in or performing decontaminations.

  • Ensure that you have permission and sufficient space to conduct decontamination activities, including proper drainage for wastewater.


Looking forward to helping you fight the spread of AIS!!
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