U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Coast guard Auxiliary

​Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater, FL
The best never rest!

free Vessel Safety Checks

in clearwater, FL  (727) 469-8895

EVEN EXPERIENCED BOATERS NEED A VESSEL SAFETY CHECK! 15 minutes could save your life and the life of your family.

A Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is performed at your boat − at a nearby marina boat ramp, your boatyard, your parking lot, or the driveway at your home.

A vessel safety check usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The USCG Auxiliary Clearwater Flotilla 11-1 has committed to flexibility for Vessel Safety Checks during the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic. Boaters who request a Vessel Safety Check during the current Pandemic will be required to adhere to CDC social distancing and newly developed procedures to receive an exam. A list of the Vessel Examination requirements will be emailed or mailed to boaters that request a Vessel Safety Check.

What's in it for me?

Vessels passing safety checks are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Decal that informs: Coast Guard/Auxiliary, Harbor Patrol, Sheriffs & Police, other boating law-enforcement & safety agencies that your boat was in full compliance with all Federal and State boating laws during a safety check for that year. Best of all every Vessel Safety Check is 100% free of charge!

What if I Don't Pass?

If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued. Instead, you are provided a written report so that you can easily correct any discrepancies and call for another free re-check.  There is no limit to the number of re-checks you can request. 
Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety checks are performed without citations and results are not reported to any authorities. 

Why Receive a Vessel Safety Check?

Safety! The peace of mind that your boat meets federal safety standards and that in an emergency, you will have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Additionally, you will avoid substantial fines should you ever be boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard or other law enforcement and found to be in violation. In many cases boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels that undergo a Vessel Safety Check every year. All decals and safety checks are void December 31st of year they are inspected; they are also void should the operator/owner fail to maintain the vessel's equipment or the vessel itself to the standard at the time of the safety check.

What Type of Items Are Checked?

  • Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Devices)
  • Registration and numbering
  • Navigation lights
  • Ventilation
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Distress signals for day and night use (flares, horn, smoke, and others)
  • Sound producing devices (whistles, horns, and/or bells)
  • Battery cover and connections.

All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard or other maritime law enforcement.  Recommended items that are a significant safety boosters but may not be required by law are discussed with you, and included for your convenience in your report, such as Marine VHF Marine Radio, Anchor, Lines for mooring or towing, GPS, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), or Personal Locator Beacon(PLB) and more.

To schedule a complimentary vessel safety check by Flotilla 11-1 (Clearwater, FL) at your boat, call
(727) 469-8895 or send an
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