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Vessel Safety Check Program

The mission of the Vessel Safety Check program is to instruct every boater on the equipment necessary for proper boat operation in order to minimize the loss of life, avoid personal injury and reduce property damage associated with the use of recreational boats.

To improve the demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors of boaters. The VSC program helps to achieve voluntary compliance with federal, state and local recreational boating safety laws. It also increases the boaters knowledge of safety issues through one-on-one contact with volunteer vessel examiners.

The Vessel Safety Check:
This is a free check of a vessel's equipment for compliance with federal, state, and local safety requirements. Some of the items checked are:

  • Proper display of numbers
  • Availability of Registration/Documentation
  • Personal Flotation Devices
  • Visual Distress Signals
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Backfire Flame Control
  • Sound Producing Devices
  • Navigation Lights
  • State and Local Requirements
  • Overall Vessel Condition

When the ships captain receives a passing grade after a vessel safety check, he will be given a decal which can be displayed on his boat. The decal assures any on water inspector, Coast Guard, Police or DEP that his boat complies with all Connecticut. safety requirements. To arrange for your Vessel Safety Check call or write our VSC Chairman:
Henry "Hank" Chmielewski

(Sample color and date changes with year)

For any information on courses or Educational Programs, contact the Squadron Education Office.