What is a Vessel Safety Check?

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Safe Boating is No Accident.

Safety equipment is not only required depending on size of the vessel, it's important and should be in good working order. A free Vessel Safety Check will help you in both of these key areas, meeting the Federal and State Safety Equipment requirements and making sure it's in good working order. VEs (Vessel Examiners) in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons are all volunteers. In addition to Vessel Safety Checks, both organizations also provide Boating Safety Courses that meet or exceed National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) standards.

A Vessel Saftey Check is a free check of a vessel’s equipment for compliance with federal and state safety requirements. The vessel examiners performing this service have been trained to look for some of the more common problems, which might occur in your boat or its associated safety equipment. Some of the items we check are;

bullet Proper display of numbers
bullet Registration/Documentation
bullet Personal Flotation Devices; Life Jackets
bullet Visual Distress Signals
bullet Fire extinguishers Ventilation
bullet Backfire flame control
bullet Sound producing devices
bullet Navigation lights State requirements
bullet Overall vessel condition

If a vessel meets all of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) requirements it is awarded a VSC decal.

Vessel Safety Checks are not a boarding or law enforcement issue. No citations will be given if boats do not meet the safety requirements.

Boating Safety Education
During the Vessel Safety Check, the vessel examiner will discuss with the recreational boater the purpose of specific marine safety equipment, will clarify various federal and state regulations, will discuss certain safety procedures and practices, and will answer any boating related questions. Some of the topics discussed are;
bullet Accident reporting
bullet Charts and aids to navigation
bullet Survival tips
bullet Fueling and fuel management
bullet Float plans Weather and sea conditions
bullet Availability of boating safety classes

Vessel Safety Check Partners
The United States Power Squadrons, well known for their work in the field of boater safety education, have joined the USCG Auxiliary in the Vessel Safety Check program. Members of the US Power Squadrons are now eligible to become vessel examiners in an effort to increase the number of trained persons conducting Vessel Safety Checks. For more information on the Vessel Safety Check program contact your local USCG Auxiliary or
Syracuse Sail & Power Squadron
or visit the VSC website


























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