The Safety/VSC Chair was mailed by a
member about being told 'This is my territory' when doing
Vessel Safety Exams at a marina dock. He emailed me for clarification. I then contacted our partners
in the US Coast Guard and they replied to me and also Coast Guard and CG Aux wide with this:
Reminder from DIR-V on Vessel Examiners claiming
“territories” in which to perform VSC’s.
It has come to the attention of the V Dept. that there have been a few, very
incidents of examiners claiming specific local areas in which they perform VE’s. i.e.:
certain piers\docks, marinas, etc.
With Memorial Day weekend just passed, this marks the official opening of
season for the majority of the recreational boating public. It’s also beginning the height
of VSC season for approximately the next 4 months throughout most of the country.
I thought this may be the perfect time to remind all Vessel Examiners that
VSC's is not territorial in nature.
The V Dept. fully acknowledges, and appreciates the fact, that some Examiners have
built positive relationships with local boaters and marinas over many years; and we
acknowledge Examiners may routinely conduct the majority of their VSC’s at these
But that relationship in no way implies that the Examiner has any “exclusive rights” to
those facilities. No Examiner should ask other Examiners to “stay away” from any local
facility areas. This includes marinas, sporting stores, public access boating areas, and
certain local piers\docks.|
The VSC program is a cooperative one.
I want the U.S. Power Squadron and the USCG
Auxiliary working together for a common goal – that being “the safety and education of
the general boating public”. If another Examiner shows up on what may be considered
another Examiner’s “familiar turf”; please welcome them, and thank them for joining you
in your effort to keep America’s boating public safe.
Any questions please email the VSC Program Chair via the Webmaster link below
Boating Is Fun, Let Us Show You How
Stf/C Lee R. Chasse
USPS VSC Program Chair