Vessel Safety Check Program
The Vessel Safety Check is a cornerstone of the Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Safety program.
The mission of this program is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means.
The Vessel Safety Check is much more than a compliance-oriented examination.
It is an opportunity to help educate boaters through a direct face-to-face boating information exchange.
The District Staff Officers and Division Staff Officers are available with support and information:
Morton L. Mullins DSO-VE
DIV 1 Bob Wendel
DIV 2 Ken Wirtz
DIV 3 Don Hartley
DIV 4 Matthew Coleman
DIV 5 David Carr
DIV 6 Lonnie Keen
DIV 7 Walter Nagy
DIV 8 Dickie Reece
DIV 9 Don Metz
DIV 11 Jack Stubblefield
DIV 12 Ken Farst
DIV 16 Guido Achata
DIV 18 Ronald Knipp
DIV 24 Robert Tidmore
Wear the proper uniform and wear it CORRECTLY. If with other examiners, try to wear the same uniform.
Don’t ask if the boater would like a vessel safety check-they’ll probably say NO!!! Explain the VSC and politely direct them to the examination area.
When greeting the boater, do NOT lean on their truck.
Do NOT use the word INSPECTION! The VSC is an examination-not and inspection!
Look at the driver and the female in the passenger seat in the eye especially when children are present when discussing safety.
Do not stand on the boat trailer to look in vessel unless you ask.
Do not put your clipboard or lean on the boat
Answer questions truthfully and be prepared to substantiate the answer. Do NOT lie! It is better to not know than to guess or lie. Know your local state boating regulations and Federal Requirements booklets.
Limit the examination to 10-15 minutes for trailer boaters-20 to 30 minutes for large vessels.
On large vessels ask permission PRIOR to boarding-ASK and be prepared to remove your shoes!
Do NOT SMOKE at the VSC station or around boaters while in uniform!
Do not discuss any prior VSC activity with other examiners when other boaters are in the area. You voice travels and you never know who might over hear your comments. Do NOT use profanity!
Remove plastic bags from life jackets and YOU dispose them.
If you promise a return call, be sure to follow up.
Always find something to compliment the boater.
Pass or fail, shake the owners hand, congratulate and thank him on a job well done. If the boater fails, offer a recheck and thank him for their time.
Above all else - BE POLITE! MAY I, PLEASE, and THANK YOU go a long way.
Qualification Study Opportunities
Study VSC Manual M16796.8 by downloading
In addition, be current with the Errata (changes)
Familiarize with forms below: ANSC-7003, ANSC-7008, ANSC-7012, ANSC-7038
Preparation for the exam is available through PowerPoint VSC Training Presentation
Familiarize inspection of CG Auxiliary Operational Facilities (OPFAC)
and VE Workshop Power Point
Vessel Examiner Exam
Member Trainer or Instructor may proctor an exam as provided during a VE class, OR
Use the on-line open book Vessel Examiner Course Exam
Compete 5 VSCs under the supervision of a qualified examiner
- Within 5 years, a re-qualifying examiner needs to perform 2 VSC's with a qualified examiner who receives the credit. A separate 7038 is to be completed, signed by the examiner, the FC, and then faxed or mailed to the DIRAUX office. In addition, 5 VSC's MUST be performed prior to the end of the calendar year.
- After 5 years, retake the test and perform 5 VSC's with a qualified examiner.
Annual Currency is maintained by completing 5 Vessel Safety Checks yearly
The VE Workshop for 2008 is not mandatory but encouraged for understanding of the
current Vessel Examiners Program. Download or order CD ANSC 2001A from FSO-MA.
Join the volunteer examiners to add yourself to the "I Want a VSC" database which is used by anyone looking for an examiner to give their vessel an VSC examination. "I Want a VSC" Volunteer Examiners Sign-Up Here!
VE FORMS AND MATERIALS (COPIES should be kept of ALL documents)
ANSC 7003 Vessel Facility Examination and Offer for Use: Submit annually to DIRAUX ANSC 7008 PWC Facility Examination and Offer for Use: Submit annually to DIRAUX ANSC 7012 Vessel Safety Check: Present to boater and retain a copy ANSC 7038 Activity Report Vessel Examination: Submit to IS Officer and retain a copy ANSC VSC VSC Decal and Material Order Form: Ordered by DCP, FC, SO-VE, or FS-VE VSC Manual Vessel Safety Check Manual (M16796.8) Manual Errata Changes for Vessel Safety Check Manual (M16796.8) OPFAX USCG Auxiliary Facility Vessel Requirements Decal Graphics For years: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
D8ER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
National Certificate of Recognition at STAR level from the National Commodore, usually about mid-year after achievement.
National ribbon and miniature medal or Bronze star
for repeat performance through the DIRAUX office
National RBS Device
Auxilarists must accumulate at least 120 points for 2 consecutive years.
Achieve the combination of 240 hours with any of the following:
Vessel Safety Check, Public Affairs, Public Education,
Legislative Outreach, State RBS Outreach
and RBS Program Visitations
If you have any questions regarding the District/National Vessel Examiner awards program,
please contact Mort Mullins DSO-VE.
USEFUL LINKS - Organizations Focus on Recreational Boating Safety
USCG AUXILIARY 'V' DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER - "For Safety's Sake"
AMERICA'S BOATING CLUB - United States Power Squadron
BOAT US - Boat Owners Association of America
BOATING SAFETY - United States Coast Guard
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - National Archives and Records Administration
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK - Commander Bob
SAFER BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION - National Safe Boating Council
SETTING STANDARDS FOR SAFE BOATING - America Boat and Yacht Council
VESSEL EXAMINER WORKSHOP 2008 - United State Coast Guard Auxiliary
WEAR IT - National Safe Boating Council
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