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National Safety Committee
Vessel Safety Check 2014
Stf/C Lee R. Chasse, AP





United States Boating Institute  'VSC Data Collection' Power Point (click here)

Your VSC Data Is Being Analyzed By USCG
...Full Story

How Long Does A Fire Extinguisher Last ?...full story

Visiting Canadian Waters ? full story...

Why we changed the Online VSC Reporting (ppt show) ...full story

District & Squadron
Chairs - Get More Decals Fast ...
full story

How To Conduct More VSCs ... full story

Is It Territorial ?... full story...

Be A VSC Ambassador... full story...

USCG RBS Alert Notice ...full story

RBS Outreach - Avoiding Collisions with Kayaks...Full Story

The National Safety Boating Week Campaign for 2014

Come for the Boating Education…Stay for the Friends"


 UPDATED 12-10-2014

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On 10 December US CG has sent me 2 new VSE tests & Files that are USPS Specific

New VSC Manual  (Click Here)
Test A - Click Here
Test B - Click Here

Instructors giving training and tests please contact me direct for answer sheets. chasselr@comcast.net


 Test 1 -
10-24-2014 -
Text updates on Conduct VSC / Ambassadors / Does it Count files.

- The new updated VSC Manual is available.

New VSC Manual - Effective 06 OCT 2014

The purpose of this message is to announce the release of a new Vessel Safety Check Manual, effective 06 OCT 2014.

  All prior versions of the Vessel Safety Check Manual and the USCG Auxiliary Operational Facilities guide are canceled and superseded by this new version:

Members will notice that the Manual is now in a new format, consistent with a typical Commandant Instruction and other USCG Auxiliary Manuals.  The “comic book” feel and illustrations have been replaced by the new format, which is intended to be less ambiguous and more instructive for Vessel Examiners.  This change in presentation will also allow the Manual to be updated and corrected more frequently than we have seen in the past.

While the format of the new VSC Manual differs from the old, it does not represent any material changes to the Vessel Safety Check program.  Going forward, the VE mission will continue as it has previously, except the updated Manual will guide VSC activities and act as a stronger resource to build proficiency in USCG Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons Vessel Examiners.

In the coming months, I expect that an updated certification test and training will be released to complement the new Manual.  As details on the timing of those changes become available, our 9WR VE team will work to inform you of their timing and if they will impact any of our current certification procedures.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this new Manual or the VSC program, please forward them on through your Chain of Leadership.

New Manual <- Click

10-03-2014 -
List of VEs re-certified as of Oct 2014 (click here)

First view of the new MARPOL Placard.
(Click Here)

- VE totals for award purposes are gathered on info submitted up to 30 November 2014. Any VSCs after that date are only gathered for yearly totals.

- VEs should read this pdf. (Click Here)

- CG Marine Safety Alert.

04-23-2014 -
CG issuing temporary 'documentation papers' due to backlog. (click here)

- A question posed by a USPS VE and answered by the US CG Aux.


As far as I know, the USCG does not have an expiration date for the dry chemical fire extinguishers that we check as part of a VSC.  You addressed this in your comments on the VSC web site back in May 2012.
Yesterday, I bought two new Kidde Model 110 dry chemical extinguishers from West Marine  (1-A:10-B:C).  The label, printed in bright red, says:
“This product must be removed from service 12 years after date of Manufacturing per NFPA 10.  Year of Manufacturing located on the bottom of Cylinder.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is well regarded as a standard-setting organization.  Since these Kidde dry chemical extinguishers are widely used on smaller boats, what should you do when conducting a VSC when the extinguishers exceed the in-service date as established by NFPA?
Thanks very much for your help.

And the US CG AUX answer:

Hi Lee,

This has been an issue that has come up on the Auxiliary side and I have had many conversations with CGHQ about it. Their recommendation is that as long as the fire extinguisher is in good condition, not rusted, and the gauge is still in the green, pass the vessel and award the VSC decal. However, EDUCATE the boater as to the
manufacturer recommendation that the fire extinguisher should be replaced and removed from service after 12 years from the date of manufacture (or date stamped on the bottom).

CGHQ understands what the NFPA10 rule states, but the VSC is based on the CFR. There is no requirement to follow the NFPA 10. That's a manufacturer recommendation. For example, it is mandatory that new fire extinguishers are manufactured and sold with a mounting bracket, however, the fire extinguisher does not have to be mounted to pass the VSC.
Hope this helps,

03-24-2014 - CG Reply to recert info on batteries questioned.
In the workshop in Part 2 - Conducting the Vessel Safety Check. Pg 47, Overall Vessel Condition.

The second bullet point says: "Battery cables should be securely connected, terminals covered and battery secured to prevent movement(battery requirements do not apply to boats powered by outboard motors)." The 2013 Manual nor Errata makes no mention of the battery requirement not applying to boats with outboard motors.

Yes, recreational boats with outboards DO NOT have to have their battery terminals covered. They are EXEMPT by a subpart in the Code of Federal Regulations. I can have Perry send you all the formal CFR #'s if you need.
As for conducting the VSC...Yes, VE's need to check the batteries to make sure everything else is safe with them.

This change will be noted in the new VSC Manual, and corrections will need to be made to the ANSC 7012 forms.

03-15-2014 - Information for the order of RBSVP material after training is accomplished.

This is the stock number for the display box. It can be ordered from USPS HQ.  

RBSVP Display Boxes  USPS Stock Number  09-09-109 

Other brochures that you may want to include are:

Waterfowl Hunting Tips           09-26-101
Right Life Jacket                     
Carbon Monoxide                    
Propeller Strike Danger         
Boat Responsibly                     
Children and PWC                  

03-15-2014 -
CG Aux word on Documented Vessels out of state and getting a VSC.
(click here)

03-15-2014 -
In response to many email inquires, please read the VSC Manual Errata sheet (click here)
02-27-2014 -

Available is the latest USBI report on the joint USCGAux/USPS VSC Failure Data Collection project funded by CG grant. This project was completed at the end of 2013. One significant point is on chart #13 where the note at the bottom says;

TOTAL FAILED EXAMS � 9,163  (83% of total
from USPS).”
Though they outnumber us 3 to 1 we elected to modify our system to collect the data rather than ask VEs to voluntarily  do a second input of each failed VSC. (click here)

The Recertification power point and quiz is available here for recertification, all VEs must review the power point, do the self quiz and report completion with their VSC Chair unless conducted in a recomended classroom environment.
click here)

02-09-2014 - CG/CG Aux require all VEs to re certify in 2014.
(click here)

- Now that most of our Squadrons have received their decals, the thoughts are turning to 'getting more decals.' (click here)

- The awards for Districts and VEs has been updated for 2013 (click here)

Letter to VSC Participants from
R/C Mike Wiedel, JN-IN, Chairman
Recreational Boating Safety Committee (click here)

01-22-2014 -
West Marine is again supporting Safe Boating and our VSC Program with another 10% discount coupon for Safety Equipment. (click here B&W or here for color)

01-19-2014 -
The District/Squadron Life Jacket Inventory files have been updated for 2014. Some Squadrons have already reported their inventory. (click here)

01-18-2014 -
It is recommended that all VEs review this document for the instances where your VSC Chair might ask you to submit your own VSCs for record.
(Click Here)

01-17-2014 -
USPS has inert visual distress signal kits, modified #544, made especially for educating recreational boaters in restricted environments such as classrooms and marinas where live pyrotechnics could pose a hazard.  We offer the kits to the USCG and USCGAUX at our cost plus shipping.  The kit is produced by Orion Signaling Company, is packaged with a great instructional tri-fold document in the often seen orange watertight canister, and includes inert day/night signal flares, smoke signal flare, 20 gauge aerial shells and inert pistol.  If desired, order as follows. The KISS method to place the order seems for your purchasing agent to call USPS Customer Service and place the order with a credit card.

The USPS person in Customer Service briefed to process your order is Rachael Jones / tel 888-367-8777 ext 235. The item number is 07-73-128 Inert Orion Visual Distress Signaling Teaching Aid.The Unit Cost = $12.00.  Handling fee is $4.00 for the 3 units.

(Thank You for the info R/C Richard Carson, JN-IN D/15  Perdido Bay VSC Chairman)

01-17-2014 -
Safe Boating Week is approaching and there are valuable items for free to advertise USPS support for it. These free resources can be found here (click here) but are not available until March 2014.

12-28-2013 - It is extremly important that your personal informaton at USPS is updated. CLICK HERE

12-20-2013 -
USPS Life Jacket Accountibility switched to Squadrons. Effective 1 January 2014 the accountability for Life Jackets supplied by HQ USPS is transferred to the individual Squadrons. The Squadron Commanders should appoint either the VSC Chair or SEO to maintain accountability and responsibility for ordering additional Life Jackets.

- 2014 Decals are in at HQ USPS. Distribution for 2014 will be at 150% of the 2013 totals recorded. All Decals will go to Squadrons with an instructional letter on new proceedures in 2014. District VSC Chairs will get no decals this year with a new Distribution scheme and accountability, responsbilities will change for the District VSC Chairs. Full details will be posted on the USPS VSC Web Site soonest.

11-15-2013 A new 2014 decal is available for your use. CLick the line above and when the image appears, right click it and save it to your computer. Or CLICK HERE

- U.S. Coast Guard Aux and the USPS MOU-MOA Implementation Plan (Click Here)

- VEs can change their Zip Code when moving from northern to southern locations and vice-versa as 'snow birds' for the purpose of the 'I Want A VSC' location identifier. Just have a District or Squadron rep with a password to DB2000 enter the Zip Code change into the DB2000 data base. The change will be in effect within 7 days. Remember to change it back when you return home.

04-08-2013 - CG Alert on SPD ( Surge Prevention Devices) (click here)

2-22-2013 - MARPOL Information ( Click Here )

Fire Extinguisher Info For VEs Update by ANSUL Technical Bulletin #45 (click here)


The USCG has come out with the 2013 VEPV Workshops. Although not specifically annotated for USPS, they are very applicable and useful for up to date training in USPS Districts and Squadrons. There are 5 modules and an Instructor Guide.
(click here)

NOTE: The new VSC Manual for 2014 is coming soon. Return often to check for news.