Vessel Safety Exams

A Vessel Safety Check is a free courtesy examination of your boat to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by State and Federal regulations.

The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will help you to become a better boater.

Vessel Safety Check at Williams Park No citations will be given as a result of this inspection and no report will be made to the US Coast Guard or local law enforcement if the boat fails to pass. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given.
Items to be checked include:
  • Personal Flotation Devices (life
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn,
  • Battery covers, connections and

Vessel Safety Check Decal All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, could result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard or Local Law Enforcement. The Vessel Safety Check gives you a risk-free way to check that you meet the minimum legal requirements and potentially avoid a later citation. Vessels that pass our exam will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal that shows that you are carrying all of the proper equipment. This will not exempt you from a law enforcement boarding, but you will be prepared to make it a positive encounter.

Vessel Safety Exam at Williams Park Vessel Safety Exam on PWC at Williams Park

Our Safety Checks provide you an opportunity to discuss the function of marine safety equipment, to clarify they various Federal, State, and local regulations you boat under, to understand specific safety procedures and practices, and to get answers to any boating related questions you have.
Our Flotilla provides free Vessel Safety Checks are available at:
William's Park on Hwy 41 in Gibsonton on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9:00 AM until Noon.
E. G. Simmons Park launch ramp area on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9:00 AM until Noon.
E. G. Simmon's Park
2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, FL 33570
Or you can make an appointment to have your boat inspected at a different location by calling:

877-CGAUX75    877-242-8975

For more information visit - a website devoted exclusively to the Vessel Safety Check program sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.