Recreational Boating Safety Program
The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Alaska and nationwide provides FREE Vessel Safety Checks to the public. This is a yearly no-fault courtesy examination to help you verify that your boats safety and required equipment is up to date and in good working order and meets federal and state regulations. This is not a "boarding" or law enforcement ordeal, rather it is meant to help protect you should the need for such safety equipment arise while on the water. Upon passing the exam, a decal is issued to proudly display on your vessel. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but does signify that you are a safety conscious boater to law enforcement personnel.
In Alaska, to schedule a Vessel Safety Check, please fill out this form and click the submit button at the bottom. Our Vessel Examiner Officer will put you in touch with a local Auxiliarist that can do a VSC of your boat or let you know of an upcoming VSC day at a local harbor in your area.
Take a virtual VSC. Click Here for 15 Reasons a Vessel Might Not Pass a Vessel Safety Check (VSC)
Here is a link to the Office of Boating Safety - Alaska
If you are interested in getting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV or "Six-Pack") or a Voluntary 5 Star Safety Program inspection on your vessel Click Here to go to the U.S. Coast Guard Seventeenth District website for more information.
Here is a list of locations where the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting VSC's throughout the State of Alaska in 2013. This list will be posted in 2013.
ALL vessels; including PWC’s, 6-packs (UPV)/charter commercial boats
Eagle River -
Whittier Harbor -
Seward Harbor -
Kake/Frederick Sound -