Vessel Safety Checks

   2012 VSC Decal 

Vessel Safety Checks:

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free vessel safety checks (VSC) to boaters who wish to promote their own boating safety. If you are interested in a Vessel Safety Check you can e-mail us at the web link I Want a VSC

We will contact you as soon as possible.

The Vessel Examiners who perform these checks are specially trained Auxiliarists who are kept informed on the latest legal requirements for boaters.

   Vessel Examiners have no legal authority - their goal is to prevent boaters from getting equipment- related citations and to prevent safety-related accidents.

This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.

These safety checks are meant to be an educational experience. The Vessel Examiners will check for all required items on board your boat and if everything is present and in good working order, they will award a decal to affix to your boat. If you wish, they will also gladly explain the reason for the various safety equipment requirements and explain how safety equipment works.

Vessel Inspections are conducted at local marinas and at local boat ramps on scheduled dates during the summer boating season or we can schedule an individual date and time for an inspection.