This is a FREE service provided by the RCM-SAR organization to assit you as an operator of a small craft (up to 78' or 24m) to help you maintain your vessel's safety equipment at proper standards, acceptable to the marine environment.
A trained member of the RCM-SAR will board your vessel with your permission and conduct a thorough check of all safety equipment required to be on board according to the Canada Shipping Act, Small Vessel Regulations and Collision Regulations Guidelines. The member will make sure the equipment is present and in working condition as well as discuss general safety awareness and safe boating practices. Optional safety and navigational equipment will also be checked for your benefit.
A PCSC check takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes for small vessels and longer for larger vessels depending on the quantity of equipment to be checked, the condition of the vessel and equipment on board and your interest in safety. If this check is successful, you will receive a decal to be placed on the vessel, advertising this.
Some boaters worry about an unsuccessful check, but this should not be a concern. The member checking your vessel is there to help advise you and assist you to remedy any deficiencies. In the end, safety is first and when it comes to boating safety means the safeguarding of your friends and family. The RCM-SAR will NOT forward any of the information during a PCSC to any enforcement agency.
A PCSC is not mandatory or required by law, but the law does require carriage of the prescribed safety equipment. This prescription is to help improve your safety and that of your loved ones while you enjoy your time on the water. Your cooperation in having a PCSC is much appreciated and shows your are a responsible boater who cares for those on your vessel. It also has the side benefit that it helps you be aware of any areas in which your vessel is not up to par with the law requirements with an opportunity to make amendments.
You can find a list of the required equipment by calling (604)666-0146 Vancouver, (250)480-2792 in Victoria or online at http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/TP/TP511/menu.htm.