|What is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC)?
A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to
verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State
and the Federal regulations.
The Vessel Examiner (VE) is a trained specialist and is a member of the United
States Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make
certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a
safer boater. The mission of the VSC, is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury,
property damage and environmental impact while maximizing the safe use and enjoyment
of U.S. Waterways by recreational boaters.
The VSC process is one of "prevention through education, outreach and volunteer
compliance" helping recreational boaters to gain a respect for the boating environment.
The VSC Program also helps to achieve voluntary compliance with federal and state
recreational boating safety laws, particularly with regard to the carriage of safety
equipment while raising boater awareness about safety and environmental issues
through voluntary contact by a Vessel Examiner (VE).
VE discussions with recreational boaters is designed to motivate maintaining and
operating their boats is a safe manner, taking boating safety courses to increase their
knowledge and skills in boating and promoting safe boating.
This is not a boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of
this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow
some of the suggestions given.
Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt
you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive