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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY2019 VESSEL EXAMINER WORKSHOP
Prepared by theNATIONAL DIRECTORATE FOR VESSEL EXAMINATIONAND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY PROGRAM VISITATION
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THE VSC PROGRAM
The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) programobjective is to achieve voluntary compliance with recreational boating safety laws and statutes regarding the carriage of safety equipment.
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WHY BECOME A VESSEL EXAMINER?
You can:make a differencesave a lifecontribute to safety on the watertalk to boaters about safetyanswer boaters questionshelp spread the word about the Auxiliaryrecruit new members
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WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:Offer guidance in conducting vessel safety checksHelp achieve voluntary compliance with federal and state requirementsAddress Vessel Examiners concerns on current topics
WELCOME VESSEL EXAMINERS
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Uniforms COMDTINST M16790.1GOperation Dress Uniform (ODU)Black boots or boat shoesHot Weather (ODU) UniformUSCG Auxiliary Vessel Examiner Polo ShirtODU shorts, 1” above kneeBoat shoes
GENERAL INFORMATION
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VE CURRENCY REQUIREMENTS
In the first year of VE qualification, the VE is NOT required to perform five additional VSCs in addition to supervised VSCs conducted during qualification.
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VE CURRENCY REQUIREMENTS
A qualified VE who fails to perform the annual certificationprocedures, must complete two satisfactory VSC exams as a trainee, under the supervision of a certified VE using the ANSC Form 7012 to regain qualificationIn addition, another five VSCs are required to retain certification for the following year
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IMPORTANCE OF“ASSIGNMENT TO DUTY”
Auxiliarists whoareinjured may be compensatedRequirements for Assignment to Duty-Have a VE Qualification CertificationActivity scheduled with elected officer orFSO-VE
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GETTING STARTED
The VE should emphasize the examination is voluntary and that deficiencies will not be reported to the Coast Guard or other law enforcement agenciesThe VSC is offered at no charge
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AWARDING VSC DECAL
The VE shallensurethe VSC decal is affixed immediately after the examAttach decal to a visible, permanent piece of the vessel, e.g. lower forward corner of a portside window
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POWER BOATS
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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Kidde fire extinguisher recall issued 11/2/2017Involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers:plastic handleand push-buttonThe recall involves 134 models manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017Contact Kidde to request a free replacement
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FIXED FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM
The VE should look for a means of determining if the system is chargedIf it can be determined the system is charged or not discharged, the system can be countedThere is no requirement for an inspection tag on a bottle nor requirement  to document inspection of the bottle or system
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CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)
Colorless, odorless and tasteless gasCan result in carbon monoxide poisoningSymptoms: irritated eyes, headache, nausea, weakness and dizziness
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CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)
Confused with seasickness or intoxicationLarge exposures can result in deathInstall and maintain marine grade approved CO detector
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SOURCES OF CARBON MONOXIDE
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SOURCES OF CARBON MONOXIDE
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VESSEL DISTRESS SIGNALS
The SOS distress LED light must be combined with daytime flag (black square and black circle pattern) to comply with the CG day and night requirement.
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New Life Jacket Labels
The traditional “Types” categories are going away.New labeling system relies more on iconsOlder jackets and flotation aids labeled by “type” still meet regulatory requirements until no longer serviceable.
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New Life Jacket Labels
Two Categories:WearableThrowableWearable life jackets will be divided into five buoyancy categories: 50, 70, 100, 150, and 275Newtons(metric to harmonize with Canadian standards)
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New Life Jacket Icons

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Choose the level of buoyancy for the type of activity.The curved arrow indicates that it is likely to turn an unconscious wearer face up in the water.
New Life Jacket Icons

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New inflatable Life Jacket Sample

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Limitations of Use (No PWC, Skiing, Towing, Paddle)Will Not Turn You Face UpBuoyancy Level (70)Care
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES
All recreational vessels must carry one Type l, ll, lll or V wearable life jacket for each person on boardBoats 16 feet or over (except paddlecraft) must also carry one Type lV (throwable) device
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INFLATABLE FLOTATION DEVICES
Inflatable PFD’s are convenient, less restrictive and comfortable. The examiner canemphasize.these points to encourage wear rates.Often used for fishing, sailing and paddlesportsOnlyapproved forpersons 16 years of ageandolder
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CHILD PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES
Choosing a child’s PFD:Must be Coast Guard approvedThe child’s weight must fall within the range specified on the labelTest the fit
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VESSELS 65 FEET OR GREATER
Vessels 65 feet or greater are not eligible for a VSCThis rule has been in effect for 20 yearsVessels that large typically have complicated systems that the average VE would have difficulty examining
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Batteries should be secured or clamped down to prevent movementEach battery must be installed so that metallic objects cannot come in contact with battery terminalsCovering the positive terminal is a requirement to receive a VSC decal; however, some states may require both terminals be coveredVessels with outboard motors are except from the above requirements
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BATTERIES
PADDLECRAFT
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PADDLE SMART, BE SAFE
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Always wear your life jacket and carry a whistleKnow the rules of the roadFile a float planPlan for changing weather conditionsKnow your limits, plan for immersionCarry a waterproof VHF radio & cell phoneFor safety, always paddle in a groupCarry a tow line & small anchorWear proper footwear & high visibility clothing
PADDLECRAFT REQUIREMENTS
Boat registration – check state requirementsSound device, e.g. whistle, attached to a USCG approved life jacketVessel conditions: as applies, see form 7012A for other requirements
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PADDLECRAFT DECAL AIDS
“If Found-Contact” sticker popular with paddlersHelps law enforcement personnel identify owners of lost paddlecraftOffering sticker to paddlers is a great way to start the educational VSC process
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PFDWhistlePaddle Cord/LeashPaddle FloatBilge PumpVHF Radio
CompassGPSAnchorLightsEmergency KitTow lines
KAYAK SAFETY EQUIPMENT
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PFD AND WHISTLE
PFD designed to keep you afloatPaddlers prefer a cutaway design for PFDWhistles or sound producing device
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PADDLE CORD/LEASH
Connects to either the kayak or paddlerFacilitates easy retrieval
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PADDLE FLOAT
Inflatable bladderInflated by paddlerAssists in re-entryMay be solid foam
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BILGE PUMP
Hand operatedEasy to use
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VHF RADIO
PortableWater resistantEffective/Reliable
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ANCHOR
Small in sizeEasily deployedRequires a scope similar to other small vessels
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STAND UP PADDLEBOARD (SUP) HISTORY
Earlier forms of SUP found as early as 1,000 B.C.Modern SUP originated in HawaiiThe Hawaiians call it “Hoe He’e Nalu” (surfing with paddle)Very first stand up specific paddle ordered 2001Remained a Hawaiian “thing” until 2004 when Rick Thomas brought SUP to California
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SUP IS A VESSEL
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a SUP is a “vessel”.
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SUP QUICK QUIZ
What’s wrong with this picture?
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PADDLECRAFT RESOURCES
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Auxiliary National “V” Department websitehttp://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=v-deptVessel Safety Checks for Rental Agencies (Liveries)http://vdept.cgaux.org/JobAidFiles/Vessel-Exams-For-Rental-Marina-Facilities.pdfpaddlecraft Vessel Safety Check Addendumhttp://vdept.cgaux.org/JobAidFiles/SUBsVSCManualAddendum.pdfB-Directorate Paddlecraft Safetyhttp://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=B-DEPT&category=paddlecraft-safetyPaddlecraft videoshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e0WlXgNGDg
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EVERYONE IS A RECRUITER
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REMEMBER
While performing Vessel Examinations, remember the goal is to educate the public in boating safetyThe United States Coast Guard is in the Recreational Boating Safety business and our responsibility as their partner is to save lives through education
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CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING THE 2019 VE WORKSHOP!VSCS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE!
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