Docent Safety

The safety of the volunteers at Point Reyes National Seashore is a top priority. Here are some reminders to help to ensure that we remain safe during our time in the park.

  • If you or others with whom you are volunteering ever feel unsafe, cease all activities immediately, assess the situation, and determine the best next steps.
  • Maintain situational awareness. We are in a dynamic environment. Weather, tides, seals, vehicles, ticks, poison oak and equipment can all create hazards during our daily activities. Maintaining situational awareness will help to ensure that you, other volunteers and park visitors remain safe.
  • Communicate with others around you. When you see a hazard developing, ensure that you let the people around you know about your concerns. If you need to leave your post, please ensure that you let other docents know of your plans.
  • If you are doing a solo Drakes beach walk or Chimney Rock hike you MUST carry a radio with you. This will ensure that you are able to communicate with dispatch should you encounter an emergency.
  • When driving on access roads, which are shared by pedestrians, please keep your speed at or below 10mph.
  • The Drakes Beach team must check in/out with 799. Please don’t forget to check out at the end of the day. When using the radio from Drakes, both the Point Reyes Hill and the Lighthouse repeater settings will work. If you are having problems being heard on one, try the other.