Public Boating Services

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Boating Classes, Safety on the Water

Providing Boating Safety education to the boating public is a major role of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. By educating boaters on waterway rules of the road, boat handling, maintaining safety equipment, how to avoid collisions, and skills in seamanship; boating accidents and injuries can be reduced. The Auxiliary offers courses in many areas from paddle craft, PWC, sailing, motor boats, navigation and seamanship to cover a wide variety of boaters interests and skill levels. It doesn't matter if you are a new boater or an old salty we have a class that will interest you.

Looking for a Safe Boating class in your area?

Eighth Coastal Region PE Class Search Page

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Vessel Safety Check, Know Before You Go

The Vessel Safety Check is a complimentary check of your boat, conducted by qualified members of the Auxiliary, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety.

No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency, but a decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.

An example of some of the items checked include:

  • 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 Law Enforcement.

Want to request a safety check of your vessel?  Online VSC Request

Want to do a virtual safety check before requesting a check? Virtual VSC