USCG Visual Safety Checks

As follow up to a discussion topic at last fall’s MASKGI meeting, the USCG Visual Safety Check (VSC) checklist can be viewed at the link below:


Starting last season, the USCG has been performing “boardings” of kayak groups as part of their paddle safety initiative. These encounters appeared to more common in the Casco Bay and MDI areas. It was noted at last fall’s meeting that technically each kayak is its own craft, so boarding officers may have been trying to gather information for each kayak and paddler, rather than for the group from the lead guide. Also, it is important to note that each kayak in a group must meet minimum USCG requirements. The VSC checklist is included here, so guides can assess the type and level of information that may be requested by a boarding officer.