Motorboat Operator’s Certification Course (MOCC) for Tribal Nations


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Motorboat Operator’s Certification Course (MOCC) for Tribal Nations

Co-hosted by: 

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community


July 16-18, 2024 in Prior Lake, MN

Through a partnership between the Native American Fish and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) and hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community we are providing a Motorboat Operator’s Certification Course (MOCC) to build tribal capacity for both Tribal Conservation Law Enforcement Officers and Fish or Wildlife Biologists by providing participants the training required to conduct safe watercraft operations. The course reviews minimum requirements for safe operation of motorboats and includes a review of legal requirements, preparations, navigation, operations, emergency procedures, rescue, self-rescue, trailering, fire suppression, and basic seamanship. The course includes both classroom and on-the-water instruction. There is an on-the-water practical exam during which the student must demonstrate certain skills to pass as well as a written exam with a passing grade of 70 is required.

Course Registration:  

NAFWS Members or Member tribes: There will be no registration costs for NAFWS members or member Tribes.  

NAFWS Non-member: If you are not a member or from a non-member Tribe, the cost of this course is $150.  

This workshop will be capped at 15 participantsPlease limit registration to two representatives per Tribe or Tribal Organization.  

Event Outline: 

Day 1: July 16:  

  • All Day: Classroom 

Day 2: July 17 

  • Start in Classroom, move to field  

Day 3: July 18 

  • AM — field and PM— classroom 

Please Bring: 

  • Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is REQUIRED – auto-inflated PFDs are NOT ALLOWED (I may be able to provide some of these if students are flying in to training) 
  • Swimwear and towel for “pool” session, which may occur in the lake 
  • Appropriate boots/footwear (may need to walk in water) 
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather 
  • Sun protection 
  • Lunch/snacks/water for field days 

Lodging: NAFWS will provide 4 nights of lodging to participants from July 15-19 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel; 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372 

For more information, please contact Laurel James, [email protected]

Event Details

Start date: July 16, 2024

End date: July 18, 2024

Start time: 08:00 PDT

End time: 17:00 PDT

Venue: Prior Lake, MN

Email: [email protected]

In Recognition of Their Support

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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