How a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) can Help your Fishing or Boating Organization Members Stay Safe

How a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) can Help your Fishing or Boating Organization Members Stay Safe


My name is John Liliestrand and I’m the
Safety Coordinator for Fish On Bass Club. We’re the largest
non federated bass club in Maryland. We’re holding this event with the Coast
Guard Auxiliary. It’s a vessel inspection that they do. We’ve invited the Coast Guard Auxiliary to come to beautiful Black Hills
Regional Park. The goal today is to make sure that all the boats in our fishing club have all the
proper safety equipment and that we all know how to operate them
safely. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a civilian volunteer organization. Our
primary emphasis is on recreational boating safety. A vessel safety check, it’s a voluntary;
it helps assure the boater that their boat is
properly registered properly identified, they have all the
requisite safety equipment for both the federal
requirements as well as the state or locale that they’re going
to be boating in. To actually get the safety check is a
relatively simple process. They go through and make sure that you
have the basic things you’re supposed to have: Do you have your life
jackets? Do you have your registration? Are your lights working? The
vessel safety check doesn’t take long takes us typically 15 to 20 minutes at
most. We try to maximize making sure folks are safe; we try to
minimize the time required to to do that check so that we’re not
interfering with the goal of being out on the water. We do it for a number of reasons,
primarily safety. It’s is very important as a Safety Officer for the club, it’s imperative that we do everything we
can to make sure that the people are safe, that the boats are safe. A secondary benefit of this is that
you’re a lot less likely to get stopped on the water. They see the sticker and they
know that you’ve done everything that you’re supposed to do to be safe on the
water. It’s a one time deal so covers for a
whole summer. They were very eager to come out. They were out here early. They’re actually very instructive
on tips to not only just passive safety exam, but also other tips that might make us operate just a
little bit safer so it was great. We take a lot of pride in our membership. We’ve
got a a perfect safety record, thank goodness,
and it’s in part due to making sure that our boats are good and that we take care our
people and they have the right equipment on their boat. It’s a quick easy process. I really suggest people do it.

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