Sea Turtle Beach Steward Program Toolkit

survey the wrack lineSeason is from July 1st to November 30th

Annual HCP Training

Successful implementation of the Washback Beach Steward program requires coordination, teamwork, and consistency by all involved in marine turtle protection. Zone Captains and Beach Steward volunteers are required to complete the washback program orientation and attend a survey training session. Training will include Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and/or Incidental Take Permit (ITP) updates, and any other information SJC needs to provide for successful implementation of the HCP, compliance with the ITP and the Beach Steward volunteer program.

Step One: Complete your orientation: Annual HCP Orientation

Step Two: When you are done take this fun Refresher Quiz.
Your results will be submitted to program coordinator via email after completion.

Step Three: Complete a Volunteer Application. Bring to beach survey training.

*Returning volunteers complete this application*

**Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and parent must complete this application.**

Step Four: Attend one mock beach survey training. Pre-registration is NOT required

  • August 6, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Surfside Beachfront Park, 3070 Coastal Highway.
  • August 17, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Butler Beachfront Park, 5860 A1A South.
  • August 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at South Ponte Vedra Recreation Area, 2993 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.

*Please bring a hardcopy of your volunteer application to beach survey training.

Data Entry

Zone Captains can print more data sheets or email results to


  • Washback Gear Bag with:
  • Notebook or enclosed clip board for holding data sheets
  • 4 bait buckets (2 labeled “dead” and 2 labeled “live”)
  • Caliper or ruler
  • Sunscreen, hand sanitizer
  • Pens and pencils
  • Notebook with the Following Resources:
  • Washback Survey Protocol
  • Washback Data Sheet
  • Lat/Long reference sheet


Weather: It is important that you know what kind of weather to expect during your morning surveys.
You can also load a weather predictor app on your iPhone or Smartphone. NOAA Weather Florida

Tides: It is important that you know what type of tide you will be encountering on your morning surveys.
You can also load a tides predictor app on your iPhone or Smartphone. NOAA Tide Predictor

Sea Turtle RescueWho do I call?

Never push an animal back into the ocean. The animal is either injured or ill and needs medical attention.

  • Stranded Sea Turtle – 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
    If you are sea turtle patrol volunteer contact your permit holder.
  • Marine Mammals – 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
    This includes whales and dolphins.
  • FWC Fish Kill HotlineSubmit a Fish Kill Report online,
    or call 1-800-636-051.
    All fish types including but not limited to sharks and sunfish


Interested in volunteering? To find our more please visit the Beach Steward Page.

Turtle on the beach