Even experienced boaters need safety checks.
The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check program every year.
The courtesy Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and in conjunction with members of the U.S. Power Squadron, a group devoted to boating safety. Oyster Bay has its own chapter. Whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – a certified Vessel Examiner will come at a mutually-convenient time. The safety inspection usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.