The mission of the Ocean City Power Squadron VSC Program is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury and property damage associated with the use of recreational boats.

Our VSC Program helps to achieve compliance with federal, state and local laws, particularly regarding the requirements for onboard safety equipment. It also heightens the boaters awareness of safety issues through one-on-one contact by volunteer Certified Vessel Examiners.

All our examiners are USPS/USCG Auxiliary Certified and will gladly perform a free safety check of your vessel. There is no penalty should your vessel fail the exam and you will be told how to correct any deficiencies for a re-exam. Click Here to Get a Vessel Safety Check, (Free).

Program Chairman

          P/C Tony Curro, AP
            (410) 629-5900

Vessel Safety Check Includes
1. Display of registration numbers.
2. Valid state registration.
3. Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), Coast Guard approved.
4. Visual Distress Signals (Flares) with proper dates.
5. Fire Extinguisher, preferably mounted.
6. Safe Fuel System (Includes proper ventilation of the fuel tank, I/O & Inboard Engines).
7. Backfire Flame Control for all I/O or Inboard Engines.
8. Sound Producing Device (Horn/Bell).

VSC Examiners

9. Navigation Lights (Anchor and Running Lights).

Worcester County Area

10. Pollution Placard (Vessels 26 feet and longer).
 P/C. Tony Curro (410) 629-5900 11. MARPOL Trash Placard (Vessels 26 feet and longer).
 P/LT/C. Bela Gulyas (410) 208-9747 12. Marine Sanitation MSD's (Vessels w/installed heads).
 Lt. Dan McGrath (410) 641-5570 13. Navigation Rules (All Vessels 39.4 feet or longer).
 D/Lt. John Paulus (908) 310-5337 14. State and/or Local Requirements.
 Lt/C. John Hess, S (443) 235-9910 15. Overall Vessel Condition.
 P/C. Fred Stiehl, P (410) 641-6535 16. Safe Electrical System (Incls. batt. box & TML caps).
 P/C. Jack Tellman, S (410) 641-7054
 Lt/C. Neal Lookner, S (410) 973-1243
 Richard Clagett (301) 788-1517
 Bill Sewell (443) 350-7167

Sussex County Delaware Area

OCPS VSC Examiner's Photos

 Dick Carl, AP (302) 539-3233

USPS National VSC Page

 Carl Littleton (302) 236-6602

MD Boating Requirements


Getting Ready Check List