Vessel Safety Check

If you would like to schedule a safety check, please call 1-951-236-2463 and leave your contact information.  We'll be glad to meet with you and have fun checking your vessel!

A major component of a safe, responsible & fun filled outing is a boat which has all the necessary safety equipment operating properly. A free voluntary vessel safety check is the answer and our trained members will be happy to perform the check.

Vessels that successfully complete the safety check may qualify for a discount on rates with many major insurance companies. West Marine offers a 10% discount on safety equipment needed to pass the safety check.

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 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.

Through discussions with recreational boaters, this program is designed to motivate boaters in maintaining and operating their boats in a safe manner, taking boating safety courses to increase their knowledge and skills in boating, and promote safe boating.

Areas covered by the safety check include: registration/documentation and proper display of registration numbers, adequate personal flotation devices, current visual distress signals for the boating area, number of operating fire extinguishers for the size of boat, engine compartment ventilation, backfire flame control, operating sound producing devices, properly installed & operating navigation lights and marine sanitation devices, display of required pollution and trash placards, navigation rules, and compliance with state requirements. A distinctive decal is awarded for display on your vessel upon successful completion.

Why should I get a VSC?

When you are on the water, you can be approached by the Coast Guard, the CG Auxiliary, Harbor Patrol, or any other law enforcement representative, and be asked to show that you are complying with the boating laws of the area, specifically as to required safety issues and as to intoxication. If you are cited for a violation, you can be fined, and/or your boat can be impounded. In the simplest case, you will be escorted off the warter and given a warning. By allowing certified agencies, such as Coast Guard or USPS, to give you a courtesy VSC, you can find out what you lack. In many cases, it is something simple, such as expired flares, not enough PFDs, or too many passengers. These are all easy to fix. When your boat displays a current VSC sticker, you know your boat was, at the time, in compliance, and that you know what is needed to stay in compliance.

What are the requirements to pass a VSC?

The checklist the USPS Vessel Safety Check Examiners will use has fifteen items with which you must comply to receive the USPS VSC decal. Your specific requirements depend on the type of boat you have and its length. Please CLICK HERE to see the checklist. CLICK HERE to see explanations. CLICK HERE to see the official USCG Minimum Equipment Requirements for Recreational Vessels broken out by vessel length.

What is the Arrowhead schedule for performing VSCs?

SAFE BOATING WEEK is the week of May 20 and this year Arrowhead will be at the launch ramp at Lake Silverwood offering free vessel inspecions.  Our VSC events are usually all-day events, but giving your boat a VSC only takes about ten minutes.  You do not need to make an appointment, just show up at the above location with your boat.

Look for our VSC Examiners wearing red polo shirts and khaki shorts and hats.