USCG Auxiliary 5th District Northern Region Web Site

District Staff Officer - Vessel Examination

Edwin W Seda,  DSO-VE 5NR

Clyde W. Reynolds, Jr.         
Joseph H. Reiser         
Mark E. Lancaster     
ADSO-VE Central

Usual Disclaimer:  The Vessel Examiner web pages are intended to communicate with and disseminate information to Auxiliary members. Do not contact the webmaster regarding these pages. Contact the DSO-VE for information and questions.

The Vessel Examiner web pages are intended to communicate with and disseminate information to Auxiliary members.

The Vessel Safety Check Program is intended to serve as a "prevention through education, outreach and volunteer compliance" activity and to help recreational boaters gain a respect for the boating environment as a result of the Vessel Safety Check encounter.

Thus, these pages will reflect the efforts of the Department of Vessel Examination to promote "Safe Boating" to the boating public.

We hope you will find them interesting and informative.

For more information from the National VE Department, click here

Attention: All Vessel Examiners

In 2010, 64 DSOs and numerous national level instructors were invited to N-Train in St. Louis for 3 days of training. The purpose was to transform our programs to seamlessly integrate the various disciplines (VE, PE, PA, PV, HR, CS, etc.) with the various tasks (recruiting, training, productivity, etc.) and the various membership levels (District, Division, Flotilla).

The National RBS Strategic Plan is completed, the 5NR Strategic Plan is completed, and the 5NR RBS Tactical Plan is completed. All of these coordinated steps lead us to the final step - implementation of the 5NR Tactical Plan. It is important that every vessel examiner review the 5NR Tactical plans of PA, PE, PV and VE.

Due to the size of the file, the distribution solution involves Microsoft's Skydrive, a file sharing capability which will give you a link to follow. When the site appears, you will see 2 files: a self running Powerpoint presentation that includes a narration, as well as a .pdf file. Only use the .pdf if you cannot get the Powerpoint presentation to work on your computer.

To access the Powerpoint file:


  • Click on the Powerpoint file (the bottom file and not the .pdf)

  • When the first Powerpoint slide appears, look at the upper left of the screen, click on the word "Download” (to the right of the word “File”) and wait for the file to download into your computer's Powerpoint program or Powerpoint reader

  • Turn on your speakers and run the SlideShow

The narration contains a lot of good information, so try to get it to work. If all else fails, click on the .pdf file and it should download into your Acrobat reader.
As always, your questions and comments are welcomed.

Norm Fehr

VE Links

VSC Tools

Carbon Monoxide Brochure

Federal Regulations

How to Choose the Correct Life Jacket

State Boating Laws

VSC Manual

VSC Manual Errata

Boating Safety

Auxiliary Recreational Boating Safety Affairs Dept.

Boating Safety Resources

Boating Statistics 2008

Commander Bob’s  Safety Site

Float Plan Central

MMSI Registration for VHF-DSC

National RBS Strategic Plan

Recreational Boating Accident Report

Sources of Boating Safety Brochures

USCG Boating Safety Division


For Safety's Sake

Watercraft and Vessel Safety Newsletters

New Jersey Boater's Resource Guide

Auxiliary Public Service Articles

National Department of Vessel Examination

Idea Submission Page

Mail List

Q & A Page

Register for SafetySeal VE Database

State Boating Regulations


Training Page


Boat Access Areas

Marinas by States


State Parks

Boat Access Areas

New Jersey

Boat Ramp Guide



Fish and Boating Guide

State Parks – Canoeing

State Parks – Motorboating

State Parks – Sailboating

State Parks – Whitewater Boating