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Prepared by thePrepared by the NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF VESSEL EXAMINATIONNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF VESSEL EXAMINATIONAND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY VISITATIONRECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY VISITATION
To familiarize our Vessel Examiners with the variety of Paddle Craft that they may encounter in the performance of their duties To introduce our Vessel Examiners to the new “7012a Form” for Paddle Craft Vessel Safety Checks, and explain the significant changes To help educate our Vessel Examiners to understand the specific needs of these craft, and provide them with recommendations to enhance their personal contacts with the paddling public Workshop Objectives
Types of Paddle Craft continued PADDLEBOARDS SCULLS PADDLE BOATS
New “7012a” Form The 7012a form Created by the National V-Department Staff Released in Dec.2010 Currently available in online version Available through ANSC (in a carbon copy form / Spring 2011) To be used for Paddle Craft VSC’s in place of the current 7012 form for 2011
New “7012a” Form continued To be completed in the same manner as the 7012 form Broken down into 5 sections, plus a Vessel Examiner Comments space for any handwritten notes Sections 1, 2, and 3, must be completed for award of the VSC decal
Section I Name Attended Safe Boating Class Related Skills Class Location County and State Current Decal Status Last Year Outdated First Time 7012a Form Section I
Some recognized classes: USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Class Power Squadron American Canoe Association Local Metro Parks State DNR Others Safe Boating Classes
Some related classes: USCG Auxiliary Paddle Sports America Class ACA Level I Intro to Paddlecraft Basic Paddling Skills Rescue & Safety Local Metro Parks Local Sporting Goods & Outdoor Stores Bass Pro Shops Gander Mountain Cabela’s Related Skills Classes
Section II Registration and/or HIN # Make and Model Type of Paddle Craft Kayak, Canoe, Row Boat, Paddleboard, Scull, Other Color Deck / Hull Length Where used Protected Open Swift 7012a Form Section II
Section III Sound Signal Life jackets (PFD’s) Overall Vessel Condition a. through f. Navigation Lights Visual Distress Signals State / Local Requirements 7012a Form Section III
Sound producing device : Navigation rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances as well as in periods of reduced visibility The most common sound producing device a paddler carries is a whistle The whistle needs to be readily available to any paddle craft operator Any approved sound producing device can be used Required Gear Federal
Life Jackets (PFD’s) Life Jacket: You must have a wearable USCG approved (TYPE I, II, or III) PFD for each person on board in all waters Though not required to be worn at all times, a Life Jacket should be worn at all times when underway (A PFD can save your life, but only if you wear it) Kayaks and canoes are exempt from carrying the additional throwable PFD (Type IV PFD) that is required for other boats over 16 ft Required Gear Federal
Overall Vessel Condition Vessel should be in good serviceable condition No leaky holes No cracks No lines or fittings in disrepair Navigation lights: minimum requirement a lantern or flashlight showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision
Visual Distress Signals : Paddlecraft must be equipped with U.S.C.G. approved Visual Distress Signal’s when on coastal waters, the Great Lakes, territorial seas & those waters connected directly to them that are greater than 2 miles wide. Signals can be pyrotechnic or electronic (electronic are accepted for night use only). Required Gear Federal
Local / State Regulations: Vessel Examiners must be knowledgeable of their home State requirements before doing a Vessel Safety Check on any paddle craft If you are performing Vessel Safety Checks in different States, please refer to that State’s Maritime Law Enforcement Agency for their specific laws * DISCUSSION * Take a minute to briefly discuss your State’s requirements Local / State Regulations
Section IV Pump or bailer Spray skirt Spare paddle/oars Compass/GPS/Charts Tow/Boat Recovery VHF Marine Radio 7012a Form Section IV It is important that the Vessel Examiner be familiar with these items and their uses to help educate novice paddlers during VSC’s.
Open Water Recommendations Manual Pump or Bailer Spray Skirt Compass Spare Oars/Paddles GPS EPIRB Charts VHF Marine Radio
Section V Dress appropriately Personal ID Waterproof bag Float Plan Food and Water Assess the risk High Visibility Clothing Emergency Kit Self rescue systems “If Found – Contact” Decal Accident reporting responsibility 7012a Form Section V and VE Comments
Other Recommendations EXPOSURE SUIT HELMETS FLOAT PLAN FOOD & SNACKS WATER FIRST AID KIT WATERPROOF BAG FOR ID & PERSONAL ITEMS SUNSCREEN
Other Recommendations New “If Found – Contact” Decal “If Found – Contact” Decal The VE should recommend that the paddler use this decal and provide the paddler with one during VSC, if possible. "Available by DIRAUX or your District RBS Specialist. Please see your DSO-VE for specific contact information."
7012a Form Back of Paddler’s Copy Back of Paddler’s Copy The back of the paddler’s copy of the 7012a form contains useful information and details, which correspond to the boxes on the front of the form This allows the VE to flip the form over and locate the answers to questions that may be asked of him/her during an inspection This information can also be useful to the paddler
Hopefully this workshop has helped provide you with some new information and tools to expand your Paddle Craft knowledge. This workshop is not designed to make Paddle Craft experts out of you, but to help you improve your personal interactions with members of the paddling community. As Vessel Examiners we need to realize that not all Paddlers we are going to make contact with are experienced, it is our job to educate all we encounter to the best of our abilities. Summation PREVENTION THROUGH INTERACTION
Director (DIR-V) Lillian M. Haines Deputy Director (DIR-VD)Richard E. Myrick Division Chief – Qualifications (DVC-VQ)Carole A. Falcone Division Chief – Technical Support (DVC-VT)James F. Lubner Division Chief – Incentive Programs (DVC-VI)Michael S. Klacik Division Chief – Communications (DVC-VC)Paul J. Mayer Jr. We Save Lives !!!