The Vessel Examination program provides a free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) service to owners or operators of recreational boats to educate them on boating safety and on the equipment they are required to carry in order to be compliant with Federal, State, and local regulations. Certain rental, scouting/youth, Federal, State, and local government-owned boats are eligible for Vessel Safety Checks as long as they are not used for carrying passengers for hire. Additionally, the Commandant may specifically authorize other boats for a VSC.
The following course curriculum has been developed to support 9WR Vessel Examiners as they grow in the program and sharpen their skills to become more proficient Vessel Examiners and branch out in to other USCG Auxiliary RBS programs. This training is optional for our members and, with the exception of documented errata, does not supersede any information or directives provided in the official VSC Manual.
Members and Units are encouraged to take this material, tailor it for the circumstances of their local area of operations/boating constituency, and reinforce the skills of our membership. Likewise the 9WR VE Team encourages Members to forward on any questions, updates, corrections, or improvements for the material so they can be addressed and incorporated into this collection.
The VSC Manual, linked to the left of this page, is the one and only source of authorized activities for Vessel Examiners participating in the VE Program.
There is now a new form in the Documents section (at left) to request additional VE Decals. The VE Decal Request Form shall be used to request new decals when a flotilla has nearly used up their original decal allotment. This fillable PDF form is to be completed by the SO-VE and emailed to the DSO-VE. Re-stock requests must be supported by VSC activity reflected in AUXINFO. Please be aware that it can take up to 2 weeks to receive a re-stock. If decals are needed more urgently, the SO-VE has an “emergency” supply which can be borrowed against, and shall be returned to the SO-VE when the re-stock is received.
Shelley E. Markle serves as the District Staff Officer for Vessel Examinations.
Activity Report - Vessel Exam (7038)
Vessel Safety Check (7012)
Paddle Craft VSC (7012A)
Vessel Facility Inspection (7003)
PWC Facility Inspection (7008)
Vessel Safety Check Manual (COMDTINST M16796.8A)
VSC Decal Re-Stock Request Form