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Updated on Sunday, March 27, 2011.
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Smart Boaters Start with a Free
VESSEL SAFETY CHECK
The VSC program helps to achieve voluntary compliance with federal, state and local recreational boating safety laws, particularly regarding the carriage of safety equipment. It also heightens the boaters' awareness of safety issues through one-on-one contact by volunteer examiners.
It is a free check of a vessel's equipment for compliance with federal, state and local safety requirements.
Some of the items we check are:
· Proper Display of Numbers
· Back Flame Control
· Personal Floatation Devices
· Navigation Lights
· Visual Distress Signals
· State & Local Requirements
· Fire Extinguishers Overall Vessel Condition
Benefits of a Vessel Safety Check:
· A Vessel Safety Check can identify SAFETY and money saving opportunities.
· By preventing citations, you can insure meeting federal, state, and local safety equipment requirements.
· By identifying educational and equipment-related possible boating insurance discounts.
· By increasing awareness of safety practices to avoid accidents and costly breakdowns.
A Vessel Safety Check can reduce accidents and injuries by educating the boater as to the value and use of marine safety equipment, and other safe practices on the water.
Boating Safety Education:
During the Vessel Safety Check, the vessel examiner has an opportunity to discuss with a fellow boater the purpose of the marine safety equipment, to clarify various federal, state, and local regulations, to review local boating conditions, to answer any boating-related safety questions, and to encourage additional boater education.
Some of the topics are:
· Charts and Aids
· Survival Tips
· Fueling/Fuel Management
· Weather & Sea Conditions
· Float Plan
the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
"Partners in Boating Safety"
Hampton Roads Sail and Power Squadron will be performing Free Vessel Safety Checks:
at Marinas throughout the Tidewater area.
Do you trailer a boat, live on the water, or keep your boat in a local marina in the local Tidewater Area (Suffolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach)?? Some of our Examiners will even come to your home to perform your courtesy Vessel Safety Check.
Contact us at HRPS@cox.net
Members of HRPS may call any vessel examiner listed in the Squadron Directory for a free Vessel Safety Check.