Free Vessel Safety Checks Offered by Auxiliary

HOUSTON – In 1947 when the Vessel Safety Check program began, $10 had about the same buying power that $92.81 has today. And while the cost of everything has gone up, the Coast Guard Auxiliary can proudly proclaim one thing definitely has not – our free Vessel Safety Checks. Although free, the value of the life that may be saved by taking advantage of a Vessel Safety Check is priceless.

With the Memorial Day weekend (the traditional start of the recreational boating season) just around the corner, now is a great time for all boaters (from kayakers and jet skiers to year-round recreational boaters) to take advantage of a free Vessel Safety Check. Now is also a great time to take advantage of one of the many boating safety courses offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and become acquainted or even reacquainted with basic boating skills, seamanship and the most current rules and regulations that may also save a life or prevent and accident.

For the start of Safe Boating week, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering Free Vessel Safety Checks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 17, at the following locations:

* Harris County launch ramp on NASA RD 1, Seabrook, Texas
* Highway 146 launch ramps under the bridge in Seabrook and Kemah, Texas
* Elton Porter Insurance docks on Clear Creek channel between channel markers 10 and 11 in Seabrook, Texas
* Bass Pro shop in Friendswood located at the junction of 288 and Beltway 8

Vessel Safety Checks are conducted by qualified members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and are the best way of learning about problems that might be a violation of state or federal laws and provide the boating public with additional safety tips that could possibly mitigate or eliminate preventable danger on the water.

To find a vessel examiner go to www.vesselsafetycheck.org and click on “I Want a VSC” to find a vessel examiner near you.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and direct law enforcement actions. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an integral part of the United States Coast Guard. For more information visit http://www.cgaux.org if you are ready to be join visit http://join.cgaux.org/.

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