Vessel Safety Checks
USPS VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS
District 21 VSC Chair
The electronic form does not require all the information of the original inspection. However, electronic reporting should afford us quicker recording and savings on postage. For your convenience, a copy of the National VSC Committee’s Instructions for online submittal is included with this article. However, please note the following key points:
* Data can be submitted only for certified Vessel Examiners (VE)
VSC Online Submittal Instruction
We will maintain the ability to handle the receipt and recording of forms at headquarters, during the transition period. This online form collects only the minimum amount of data required for headquarters record keeping.
The data field descriptions are below :
District – This is the one or two digit number for your District (21).
Date Submitted – The system automatically completes this field.
From this point on, complete the data for each VSC, and then click the red Add button to move the data in the lower section. Then, enter the data for the next VSC, etc., etc., etc., until either the form is full or you have entered all the VSCs for this period.
Note: Districts/Squadrons should submit their data on a weekly basis. This is a 24/7 system – your reports can be sent any time, day or night.
Member Certificate Number – The certificate number (one letter and six digits) for the VE who performed the VSC goes here for each individual VSC.
Boat Registration Number – The registration or documentation number of the vessel goes here. If the vessel is one not required to register, such as small manually powered boats and small sailboats with no engine, use “No-Number” in place of the registration number.
Date – This is the date the VSC was performed.
Pass/Fail – This records whether the vessel passed or failed the VSC.
Once the data for one VSC has been entered , click the red Add button. Then enter the data for the next VSC and so on.
IMPORTANT : When all the VSCs have been entered click the red Print button to create a printed a copy for your records. Next, after you have printed your copy click the red Submit button to send the data to headquarters.
The red Add button moves the completed data from input line to the body of the document.
The red Delete button will delete any line of data that is highlighted.
The red Print button will print the current form including the data.
The red Reset button will reset/erase all data on the input line, including the member certificate number.
The red Submit button submits the entire page to headquarters.
Your help, cooperation and adherence to these few new changes in the program will serve to significantly reduce errors and the unreasonable workload we are now imposing on our National Headquarters Staff.
Questions regarding this process should be addressed to Stf/C Bob Miller ~ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, in advance, for your help and assistance,
The Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program (RBSVP)
Please visit the National Web page (http://www.usps.org/national/vsc/) to learn more about a new program (launched in 2005) that will be under the VSC Department. The general purpose of the Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program (RBSVP)is to promote safe boating for the recreational boating public through the aid of local businesses, offices and marine dealerships. The Program Visitor (PV) is the designation given to those members participating in this program. The Program Visitor must become a visible source of safety information and resource for federal, state, and local boating safety requirements, the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Program and local educational programs. The long-range goal of this program is for the PV to visit every program partner (business location) each month in order to maintain open lines of communication with the Coast Guard, the Auxiliary, and USPS. The PV is expected to keep their program partners apprised of all federal, state and local requirements. The RBSVP is viewed as an excellent alternative for those members who may no longer be able to participate in the VSC program. Ideally, this exciting new program will be another important tool in promoting both safe boating and our individual squadrons.