Vessel Safety Check Info


What is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC)

A major component of a fun filled outing is a reliable boat which has all the necessary equipment operating properly. A free vessel safety check (VSC) is an important safe-guard, and our certified examiners will be happy to perform the check for you.  There are no consequences if you don't pass.  Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education.

The United States Power Squadrons and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are partners in this valuable program offered to the boating public.  All examiners are certified and trained on the latest requirements.  The Vessel Safety Check is similar to the review that is performed by the U.S. Coast Guard if you are boarded, except that it is voluntary, and only you receive the results.

Boat Safety Education

During the Vessel Safety Check, in addition to helping verify various federal, state, and local regulations, the vessel examiner will have an opportunity to discuss with a fellow boater the purpose of having the correct marine safety equipment, and to be able to discuss local boating conditions and answer safety related questions.

This a one-on-one education!

Some of the discussion topics include:

Safe Boating Classes


Float Plans


Accident Reporting

and more!

What the 20 minute VSC includes a check of:

  1. Numbering
  2. Registration
  3. Lifejackets
  4. Virtual Distress
  5. Fire Extinguishers
  6. Ventilation
  7. Backfire Flame Arrester
  8. Horn
  9. Navigation Lights
  10. Pollution Placard
  11. Trash Placard/Plan
  12. Marine Sanitation Device
  13. Navigation Rules
  14. State and Local Requirements
  15. Overall Vessel Condition
  16. and more!

VSC Benefits

The Vessel Safety Check can identify SAFETY and money saving opportunities:

  1. By meeting federal, state and local safety equipment requirements you will prevent equipment related citations
  2. You may recieve a boating insurance discount from your insurance provider.
  3. By increasing awareness of safey practices to avoid accidents and costly breakdowns
  4. The VSC can reduce accidents by educating the boater about the value and use of safety equipment and safe practices on the water. 

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To schedule a safety check, go onto the contact page to arrange on with me early in the season