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Sea Otter Savvy

Sea Otter Science And Community Outreach

Go Undercover!
Help our certification program while you enjoy a paddle or tour.

secret shopper subseaReview your central California coast paddle or tour and your fee will be on us! Our Community Active Wildlife Stewards (CAWS) certification and recognition program relies in part on undercover patrons who evaluate the business practices of marine recreation operators along California's central coast. Follow these easy steps to participate:

  1. Pick an operator from the list below, and rent a watercraft (kayak, SUP, hydrobike, electric boat) or book a guided tour. 
  2. Go on your excursion, paying close attention to the information and actions relative to the wildlife you may encounter on the trip.
  3. Send us your  booking confirmation or receipt
  4. Take our post-excursion online survey (we will send you a link)
  5. Get reimbursed for one ticket/rental fee* (must have Venmo or Paypal account to receive reimbursement)

If you would like to join our undercover team, please contact us first at

*Only ONE watercraft fee will be reimbursed per excursion. We do not cover all members of your group.