Marine Biology Boating Operations

Scripps Pier

Scripps Pier

Boating Program Description

Click here for a copy of the MBRD Boating Handbook

New Boat Operator Authorization Procedure

First contact Phil Zerofski and submit your experience as the primary operator of small boats while operating in the ocean. This description should include the types of vessels, estimated time as primary master, and the environments in which you operated the boats. If determined as an eligible MBRD boat operator candidate, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Review the Procedure for Launching a Boat from Scripps Pier
  2. Print out and review the Boating Handbook, paying particular attention to the Weather and Emergency Procedures sections
  3. Print out the Boat Launching Checklist
  4. Have any non-UCSD participants print and fill out the voluntary waiver of liability
  5. Review the Most Common Boat Launching Mistakes
  6. Take the Online Course for Small Boating. When you pass, you will receive your boating safety education certificate, approved by the California Department of Boating & Waterways, by mail. After about 4-6 weeks, your certificate will arrive. Send a copy to Phil Zerofski. MC: 0202. (You do not need to have a certificate copy in hand before you schedule a boat checkout)
  7. E-mail Phil Zerofski to schedule a checkout and be sure to bring the Boat Launching Checklist and Boating Handbook with you along with a hat and sunglasses.

Scheduling a Whaler 

Scheduling an MBRD whaler is easy. After receiving your login information and boat key, proceed to MBRD boat request form and follow the instructions on the  home page. 

San Diego Weather

Other Boating Documents

Useful Boating Sites 

Chartering a Boat

Contact Christian McDonald if you are planning to charter a small boat. 


Feel free to e-mail or call Phil Zerofski at (858) 534-4777 or stop by Hubbs Hall 2400 (2nd floor, NE corner)

Remember that for small boat, near-shore operations, PIs are expected to ensure that the boat meets applicable boating safety regulations of the USCG, state and local authorities, and to exercise prudent judgment about the safety of such operations.