FREE Vessel Safety Check
Both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check (“VSC”) at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience. There is no charge, and no consequences if you don’t pass. Our goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education. Personal pleasure craft, only(*).Please fill out the form below, completing every field. Note that we typically can perform the VSC wherever your boat is located, or by mutual arrangement you may bring your boat to our examiner. Note: The correct STREET ADDRESS of the boat or marina’s location is required to find the nearest examiner(s).
To arrange your convenient Courtesy Vessel Safety Check call Lt/C Ronnie Babin, S at 954-232-3725 or you can e-mail him.
The United States Power Squadrons® work with the USCG and USCG Auxiliary to perform Vessel Safety Checks. You can contact either them or us to perform the Vessel Safety Check examination. However, the USCG has been tasked with additional duties in light of recent events. By contacting a United States Power Squadrons® Certified Examiner to perform your VSC, this will free up the USCG and USCG Auxiliary to concentrate on their primary duties.
Just like your boat registration that must be renewed every year, Vessel Safety Checks should to be performed every year.
Some reasons that your boat needs to have a VSC Check every year are:
Federal, State, and local regulations can change
boat registration numbers improperly displayed or missing life jackets become defective
horn not functioning
navigation light’s not functioning
fire extinguisher’s need to be serviced
flares are out of date and much more
Your boat is your pride and joy, no matter what size it is.
Let us help you to keep it safe.
When you click on the Pre Check link below, make sure you download a copy of the actual Safety Check Form our Examiners use. You can use this form to make sure your boat meets the requirements. This will help you to get ready for your VSC. You still need to have an Examiner check your boat, as that is the only way to get the VSC Decal. You will also receive a copy of the completed VSC Form with the Examiners name and number for your onboard records.