The VSC program is designed to assist in the voluntary
compliance with federal, state, and local recreational boating
safety laws. It is a free check of a vessel's equipment by
a certified recreational boater. Examiners are not law
enforcement personnel and inspection results are never given to
any law enforcement personnel or agency. The purpose is
one of education and safety to minimize the loss of life,
personal injury, property damage, and negative environmental
Vessel safety checks cover all types of recreational boats from
kayaks, canoes, personal watercraft to large sail and power
vessels. The review includes such items as personal
flotation devices, fire extinguishers, emergency signals,
navigation lights, horns, and properly displayed
Ithaca Sail & Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary certified
examiners cover local marinas most weekends throughout the
boating season. Upon a successful inspection, the boat
owner will receive a written report and a decal indicating that
your boat has complied with safety equipment requirements.
To find out when an examiner will be at your marina or to
arrange a Vessel Safety Check, email by clicking on:
IS&PS Vessel Safety Check Coordinator.
Complete the check successfully and receive a decal like the one
below for everyone to see.
This does not exempt you from law
enforcement boarding, but you will know you are prepared to make
this a positive encounter.
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