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 training: Annual HCP Training
Step Two: When you are done take this fun Refresher Quiz as it reports your completion of this year's training to St. Johns County Habitat Conservation Section.
Step Three: Complete a Volunteer Application including passing a background screening.
Step Four: Attend beach survey training*.Pre-registration not required

  • 2019  training dates have not been announced as of yet.

*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 Survey Zones page.

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