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Vessel Safety Check

One of the Auxiliary's primary missions is to support the Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) efforts. One of the ways we do this is through the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program. A VSC is a free courtesy inspection of your boat performed by a qualified, courteous examiner. There are no repercussions for failing an exam; we do NOT report failures to the Coast Guard or local law enforcement, nor will we keep you off the water.

Some of the things we look for include:

  • Registration and hull numbers

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Personal Flotation Devices

  • Distress signaling devices

Obtaining a VSC is easy! We can be found holding a VSC station at one of the area's many boat ramps and marinas at various times throughout the year. You can also contact a flotilla or division VSC officer (FSO-VE/SO-VE); flotilla VSC officers can be contacted through the flotilla websites, and the division VSC officer can be contacted through the division staff list. Both can be found by clicking the "About Us" link to the left. You can also request a VSC through the national VSC website; simply click this link to visit the national site. VSC's can also be performed by qualified members of the U.S. Power Squadron and BoatUS.

It's never too early or too late! Schedule your 2015 Vessel Safety Check today!