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Wakota CAER Boom School

Boom School

Training and education are primary benefits of membership in Wakota CAER. Well-trained responder resources help to keep volunteers safe and deliver effective capabilities.

  • Handling and deploying response equipment safely and effectively requires training. As a member of Wakota CAER your organization or business will be provided valuable training by local experts.
  • For over a decade, members of Wakota CAER have received “boom school” training to understand the technical theory and physical limitations of booming equipment.

Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training (Boom School)

Wakota CAER is the proud sponsor of the Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training, the first training course offered in Minnesota for response to oil spills on water. “Boom School” teach local responders how to contain and recover petroleum on moving water. This training is valuable for individuals who lack experience using oil spill response equipment.

What is covered in the training?

This combination of classroom and hands-on instruction covers techniques for containing and recovering petroleum spills on moving water. Industry and regulatory personnel with experience responding to oil spills on water instruct the course.

Wakota CAER members provide the boats and booming equipment. If they choose, attendees may use their own equipment during the training.

Do I need to bring anything on the date of training?

Required PPE includes long pants, substantial footwear: safety shoes are recommended, sneakers are OK; no sandals or Tevas. Suggested gear: hat or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, gloves, rain gear, sweater or sweatshirt, and anything else you may want for a day on the water. You may consider a pad of paper and a pen for notes.

We will provide coolers on each boat with water, Gatorade, juice, snacks. Lunch will be provided.

How do I sign up for this training?

Click here to download the Inland Waterways Oil Spill Responder Training.

Boat Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard will be providing a one day “Water Craft Operation and Safety” course prior to all three-day “Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training” sessions. This course will be a required prerequisite for all participants in the full three-day sessions.