Initial VSC Training Program Purpose To qualify members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons as Vessel Examiners
Chapter 1 one of three • Definitions • The VSC Program • The Vessel Examiner • The Vessel Safety Check
Chapter 1 two of three • Vessels eligible for the VSC • Vessels NOT eligible for the VSC • Activities beyond the scope of the VSC • Relations with Law Enforcement officials
Chapter 1 three of three • District supervision of the VSC Program • VSC performed outside your home District • Vessel Examiner qualifications
Chapter 2 – Vessel Safety Check Techniques • This chapter addresses the techniques that the Vessel Examiner should be aware of and adhere to when performing a Vessel Safety Check
Chapter Two one of two • The Vessel Examiner • Educational Materials • Exchange Boating Information
Chapter Two two of two • Conducting the VSC • Awarding the VSC Decal
Chapter 3 – The VSC Decal Requirements • This chapter focuses on what the Vessel Examiner and the boater need to understand to ensure the safety of the boat and its passengers.
Letters and numbers must be: • At least 3” high. • Block-type letters. • Color contrast with hull color. • Space or hyphen between letters and numbers equal to the width of another letter except “I”. • Attached to forward half of the boat. • State decal is placed according to the requirements of the state of registration.
Boat Numbers PLACEMENT Painted or Attached to Each Side of Bow Always Read Left to Right CHARACTERS Block not less than 3 inches high FL 1234 AB COLOR Must be of a Color Contrasting to the Background SPACING Hyphen or Equivalent Space Between 3 Parts of Number FL 1234 AB FL-1234-AB FL1234AB FL 1234 AB
Most Power Driven Vessels Must Be (see exceptions) • Registered or • Documented • Review the exceptions • Registration or Documentation paper must be onboard while underway and during the VSC
The Legal Paperwork one of two • State Registration • Must be registered in the state of principal use. • Vessel numbers are obtained from the State • Vessel numbers remain with the vessel after it is sold.
The Legal Paperwork two of two • Documented Vessel • 5 or more net tons. • Pleasure use only. • Owner must be US Citizen.
Hull Identification Number • HIN • Usually on Starboard Side of Transom
Hull Identification Number DATE OF CERTIFICATION MANUFACTURERS I.D. CODE HULL SERIAL NUMBER • Before July 31, 1984 • Since August 1, 1984 A B C 4 5 6 7 8 M 7 3 E MANUFACTURERS I.D. CODE HULL SERIAL NUMBER OPTIONAL METHOD DATE OFCERTIFICATION A B C 4 5 6 7 8 A 4 9 2 MODEL YEAR MANUFACTURERS I.D. CODE DATE OF CERTIFICATION HULL SERIAL NUMBER
Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets) one of two • Must Be Coast Guard approved and suitable size for wearer • For boats Less than 16’ • One wearable for each person • For boats 16’ and longer • One wearable for each person • PLUS one throwable on the boat
Personal Flotation Devices (Life jackets) two of two • Wearable life jackets • Readily accessible • Throwable PFDs • Immediately available • All life jackets/PFDs • Good and serviceable condition
Type I Offshore Jacket • 22 Pounds Flotation • Will turn most unconscious people face up • Acceptable on all recreational boats and commercial vessels
Type II Near Shore Buoyant Vest • 15.5 Pounds Flotation • May turn most unconscious people face up • Acceptable on all recreational boats
Type III Flotation Aid • 15.5 Pounds Flotation • Many special designs for water sports • Acceptable on all recreational boats
Type IV Throwable • Designed to be thrown, NOT WORN. • Must have on aboard for boats 16 feet or longer.
Type V • May provide the performance of Type I, II or III as marked on the label • The label may state “approved only when worn”, if so, it must be worn during the VSC.
Fully inflatable PFD • Must be worn! • May perform as a type II or III when inflated • Manual and/or automatic inflatable • Demonstrate the method of checking this device
Visual Distress Signal Required Approved VDS for: • All vessels > 16 feet • Operating on the “high seas”, Great Lakes or Coastal & Inland waters of the US
Visual Distress Signal Exemptions • Vessels participating in an organized parade or similar event • A manually propelled boat • Sailboat under 26 feet of open construction and no propulsion equipment (engine)
Visual Distress Signals • Day - Night • Pyrotechnic - Non-Pyrotechnic • Coastal Waters - Great Lakes –Inland Waters
Non Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals • Day • Night
Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals • Day • Smoke • Night • Hand Held Flares • Aerial Flares • Keep Dry - Short burn time • Use only when they might be seen
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) • Daytime Pyrotechnic Devices • Orange Smoke • Hand Held Flares • Aerial Flares
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) • Nighttime Non-Pyrotechnic Devices • Flash Light (SOS) ( hand held flood or spot lights are acceptable)
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) • Nighttime Pyrotechnic Devices • Hand Held Flare • Aerial Flare • Controlled fire on Boat (Not Recommended)
Fire Extinguishers • Boats required to carry *Review list from manual • Should be checked monthly to insure they are operational
Types of Fires • A - Wood, Paper, Cloth • B - Oil, Grease, Gasoline • C - Electrical • D - Burning Metal
Fire Extinguishers • Must be Coast Guard approved • Coast Guard classification • B-I, B-II • Indicates weight of agent • Type of fire
Types of Fire Extinguishers • Carbon Dioxide • Dry Chemicals • Halon *Halon replacementsuch as FE 241 is now available.
Class B Fire Extinguishers Coast Guard Classification (type-size) B-II B-I Underwriter’s Laboratory Listing 10B 5B Carbon Dioxide (lbs.) 15 4 Dry Chemical (lbs.) 2 10 Halon (lbs.) 2.5 10
Minimum Number of Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers With and Without Fixed Extinguishing Systems Fixed fire extinguishing system in machinery space No fixed system in machinery space Length of Vessel 1 B-I None Less than 26 feet 2 B-I or 1 B-II 1 B-I 26 ft. to under 40 ft. 3 B-I or 1 B-I and 1 B-II 2 B-I or 1 B-II 40 ft. to 65 ft.
Using a Fire Extinguisher • Pull the safety pin. • Aim the discharge of the at the base of the flames. • Squeeze the Handle • Sweep the discharge of the extinguisher from side to side
Ventilation System General Precautions: Use your Nose If you smell gasoline, DO NOT START THE ENGINE. Find the source of the leak and fix it!
Ventilation Ventilation is not required in open boats. (Engine and Fuel tank are out in the open.)