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Boat Safety Checks for Paddlecraft

Vessel Safety Checks for Paddle Crafts

We can do complimentary vessel safety checks on paddle crafts.  They are easy, fun, and make sure you have all the required safety equipment aboard.  This free service may prevent a citation from law enforcement in the future.

If your vessel passes, you will be given a decal to proudly display on your craft.

To contact a local vessel examiner, click here.

kayak VSC
photo courtesy of
U.S. Coast Guard

Required Items:

  • sound signal (whistle, horn, etc)
  • life jacket(s)
  • Overall vessel condition (hull and deck sound, hatch covers in good condition/secure, deck lines and bungee cords, hardware secure, bulkheads/flotation, paddle/oars serviceable
  • navigation lights/white light (flashlight)
  • visual distress signals (orange flag, etc)
  • state and local requirements met

         VSC decal

Recommended Items:

  • dressed for immersion/helmet
  • personal ID on operator
  • float plan
  • adequate water/food/sun protection
  • assessment of risk/good awareness
  • high visibility clothing/gear, etc
  • appropriate emergency kit (first aid, knife, repair kit, etc.
  • appropriate self-rescue system/skills
  • contact info affixed to craft
  • accident reporting - owner responsibility
  • anchor lights (if applicable)

Recommended Items for Open Water:

  • pump or bailer
  • spray skirt
  • spare paddle/oars
  • compass/GPS/navigation chart
  • tow/boat recovery system
  • marine radio (VHF)/cell phone/personal locator beacon