Members of the United States Power Squadrons Perform free Vessel Safety Checks for recreational boaters.  

On 29 January 2000, USPS Chief Commander Arthur H. Farr signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX) to participate in the Vessel Safety Check Program (VSCP).

The Vessel Safety Check Program, formerly known as Courtesy Marine Examinations (CME's). Beginning May 1, 2000 the NEW VSCP, Vessel Safety Check Program was launched nationwide by the USCG Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons.

The Vessel Safety Check Program is an effective, proactive preventative safety program unique to the recreational boating community. It insures that key marine safety equipment is present, is within prescribed functional limits, and is compliant with Federal, State, and local regulations. It provides the examiner an opportunity to discuss with the recreational boater, the purpose of the marine safety equipment, to clarify various Federal, State, and local regulations, to emphasize specific safety procedures and practices, to answer any boating related questions and to encourage additional boater education.

If you would like to make an appointment for one of our trained examiners to inspect your boat and safety equipment please furnish enough information so that we can contact you. The inspection is FREE and there is no obligation on the owners part to comply with any resulting recommendations. Also, no report will be made to USCG if the boat fails to pass.

How to fail a Vessel Safety Check! These are the most common reasons, take a look and avoid a potential embarrassment. Not that we would ever tell.

Equipment may be categorized in three ways, that which must be carried by law, that which is needed but not mandated by law and that which is nice to have along.

USPS examiners will check that you have the "must have" equipment and you cannot qualify if you don't. They will also check your other equipment and give experienced comment on your selection.