Boating Safely

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Darren Navarra, an aviation survival technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah rescues a person in the water during survival training on the Savannah River. While in an Aircrew position an aviation survival technician or rescue swimmer may find themselves being deployed into a myriad of challenging rescues ranging from hurricanes and cliff rescues, to emergency medical evacuations from ships at sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson

In order to avoid coming face to face with a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, take a Safe Boating Course and get a Vessel Safety Check.

A Vessel Safety Check is a 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 United States Power Squadrons or the US 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.

Have fun and be safe out there.

 

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