Individual power squadrons perform periodic Vessel Safety Checks as a public service to their local community. These safety checks take place at marinas and at public boat launch areas. This is an extension of our Safe Boating Education goal by teaching the boating public the local laws and ordinances as regards to the requirements for life jackets, fire extinguishers, bilge ventilation systems, boat hooks, throwable flotation devices and others that may be required in your local waters.
VISION: Safe, Responsible & Fun Recreational Boating
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 Vessel Safety Check 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 in a safe manner, taking boating safety courses to increase their knowledge and skills in boating, and promoting safe boating.
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