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National Safe Boating Campaign
About Boating Safely (ABS) is an in-depth 6-8 hour multi-session classroom United States Coast Guard Auxiliary boating course. ABS is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The basic boating course is both fun and comprehensive.
A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a FREE, voluntary check of your boat and its safety equipment. USCG Auxiliary, United States Power Squadron (USPS) and various state Vessel Examiners (VE) help educate the boater through a direct, face-to-face boating safety information exchange with the owner or operator and provide instructions on equipment to be carried on board and other matters affecting safety. Federal and local regulations and VSC requirements are explained as well as other matters of interest. The VSC is performed only with the specific consent of the owner/operator, who is present at the time of the examination.
USCG Auxiliary and USPS Vessel Examiners may register to cover selected zip codes by registering in the Vessel Examiner Database.
One of the most commonly asked questions is, "What if my boat flunks?"
No problem, just schedule a second examination. The VSC is not a law enforcement action. No one gets a copy of your failure to pass. You get a check list of your needs and, often, help in obtaining them. Where to get another examination is not a dilemma either. Usually, an Auxiliary Vessel Examiner will meet you at your boat - back at the ramp or marina or even your house.
Float Plan from the USCG Auxiliary
The intent of the Marine Dealer Visitation program is to ultimately save lives and property by providing the marine dealer with the most current boating safety information and establishing a point of contact for boaters. Potential customers contacting a dealership will be interested in boating safety. The dealer, in turn, can then provide their customers with the most up-to-date boating safety information, Vessel Safety Check (VSC) information and the locations of Public Education courses. The main objectives of the Marine Dealer Visitation program are the following: to establish and/or enhance working relations between the dealer, the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary; to utilize the dealer as the contact point for making the boating public more aware of State and Federal requirements for boating safety; to provide information regarding Public Education Courses, Vessel Safety Checks (VSC), Auxiliary membership, and to distribute Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary handout materials; to provide liaison between the marine dealer and the Coast Guard.
To locate a USCG Auxiliary Marine Dealer Visitor use the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Finder.
USCG Office of Boating Safety Recall Campaign Database