Schedule a Vessel Safety Check

15 minutes could save your life and the lives of your family


The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check program every year.

The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified Vessel Examiner, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

What If I Don't Pass?
If your boat does not pass, no report is filed. Instead, you are provided a written report that aids you in correcting any discrepancies noted. Often, a quick trip to the local marine chandlery is all that is necessary to obtain missing safety items and easily pass a re-inspection.

Why Do This?
In a word – safety. You are left with the peace of mind that your boat meets minimum safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Additionally, you will avoid substantial fines should you ever be boarded by law enforcement and found to be in violation. Finally, your insurance rates may be lowered – check with your agent.

 West Marine Vessel Safety Exam Discount Coupons

West Marine Vessel Safety Exam Discount Coupons, one of our valued RBS partners, is continuing with their VSE discount coupon for this year. While this is not an endorsement of West Marine, they do support boating safety by making these coupons available.

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As in previous years, the coupon is for safety items required to pass the Vessel Safety Exam. West Marine requires the boater to present a copy of the coupon and the completed VSE form to receive the 10% discount.

 What Type of Items Are Checked?

  •  Life Jackets
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
  • Battery cover and connections

All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard or Florida Wildlife.

Where Can I Get More Information?

The Coast Guard Auxiliary maintains a complete Web site at vesselsafetycheck that will tell you what you need. While there, you may take a Virtual Vessel Safety Check, find an examiner near your boat, and learn why boats fail. And if you'd really like a comprehensive understanding of the Vessel Safety Check, and how it relates to your boat, you are welcome to download the 52-page Vessel Safety Check Manual that is our examiners' "bible".
to get a vessel safety check.

But don't delay! Schedule your free vessel safety check as early in the year as you can, and set an example as a safe recreational boater. Remember, visit vesselsafetycheck or email us by clicking here: Flotilla 82's FSO-VE (Flotilla Staff Officer - Vessel Examinations) 

No vessel is too large or too small to be safe - and in compliance. 
Your family and friends depend on you for their safety!