The Vessel Safety Check is a free courtesy examination of your vessel provided by the Tampa Power Squadron be a certified examiner to assure that your boat is in compliance with all the local, state, and federal safety requirements. The inspection usually takes less than an hour and can be performed in the water or on a trailer. It looks at both the overall safety of the vessel as well as specific required equipment and recommended items, all of which are discussed at length in our Americas Boating Course. Among the items checked are the following although this is not an all-encompassing list:

Personal flotation device
Example boat registration
Vessel Registration
navigation lighting requirements
Navigation Lights

typical flotation which can be thrown
Throwable Flotation
Fire extinguishers
Fire Extinguisher(s)
engine compartment ventilation
Engine Compartment Blower

typical bilge pump
Bilge Pump
gas engine backfire flame arrester
Backfire Flame Arrester

typical flare gun
Flares or Other Distress Signals
examples of sound producing devices
Sound Producing Device
some vessels require multiple pollution decals
Required Placards