Friday, May 28, 2010

Spring Into Safe Boating

Auxilarist Jeff Towle conducts a Vessel Safety Check during Memorial Day Weekend in 2009.
(U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo by Brandon Butters)

On Saturday, May 29th the Coast Guard Auxiliary will participate in the annual "Spring into Safe Boating” activity at Saylorville Lake. This activity is in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

Vessel Examiners from the Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free voluntary vessel safety checks at the ramps and marina at the lake.

A Vessel Safety Check is a free courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.

Boat owners may also receive a discount from their insurance company for successful completion of a Vessel Safety Check. Vessel Examiners bill be at the Lake View and Cherry Glenn ramps and the Saylorville Marina from noon to 5 pm on Saturday.