Boat Safety Scheme Examiners

To qualify for a licence all boats based on UK Inland Waterways have to be inspected every four years under the Boat Safety Scheme.

The scheme is jointly sponsored by the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and the Environment Agency (EA) and aims to reduce the risk of fires, explosions and poisonous gases on inland waterway boats by specifying a set of standards that most boats must satisfy before they will be granted a CRT or Environment Agency licence to be based on or to navigate the waterways.
If you are buying a boat
note that the Boat Safety Scheme examination does not cover other areas of a boat’s condition, for instance the state of the hull, engine or most internal features.


  • The requirements cover the fitting of fires, cookers, heating appliances and engines, and also stipulates minimum ventilation requirements. There are also some ‘advice only’ items. You can find full details of the  Boat Safety Scheme here.
  • All boaters are urged to fit and regularly test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Although boat fires and deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning are fairly rare, they are inevitably tragic, and usually avoidable. Just a few breaths of toxic smoke from a fire can knock a sleeping person unconscious, unlikely to survive even a limited fire.
  • A Boat Safety Scheme certificate should never be used as a basis for buying or valuing a boat, you should get a marine surveyor to provide an expert opinion if you want to buy wisely.

Boat Safety Scheme Examiners

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BSS Examiners

Alan Stewart
Beds/Bucks/Northants/Norfolk/Southern Midlands
Andrew Ferguson
North Wales Area
Andrew Phasey
Midlands and South
Andy’s Marine Services
Ashby Canal Centre
Blue Star Surveys
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire
Boat Safety Surveys
Bob Naylor
Kennet & Avon, Devizes
Brecknock Boat Services
South Wales, West Midlands, South West England
BSS Examiner & RYA Instructor
07896 812606
Broadcut Marine
West Yorkshire
Burton Marine
Scotland and Northern England
BSS Examiner and Marine Surveyor
07794 862022
Canal Electrics
Northamptonshire, Warwickshire
Christopher Berry
Midlands, S. Glos, S. Wales, S. Coast, S. West
Conway Marine
North West England , Scotland
Craig Allen Marine Limited
Midlands & South
Crew Marine
South & Midlands
CS Marine Consultants Ltd
Dave Devonport
Northwest England
Derek Barnett
London, Herts, Kent
Dickinson Technical Services Ltd
Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands
Dragon Canal Services
North West England, North Wales
DRS Marine
Gallion Marine Surveys
Hands On Marine Ltd
Sawley Marina
Heritage Narrow Boats
Macclesfield canal
HPC (Marine) Ltd
Huntingdon, Cambs
Iain Jones (Jannel Cruisers)
Burton on Trent
Ian Marris
Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire
Boat Safety Scheme Examiner
Itsc Marine Ltd
Jim Atwell
Harlow, Essex
Lancashire Marine Electrical Services
North West England
Lanford Boat Examiners
High Wycombe
Marine Surveys Ltd
07831 184495
Mark Edwards
NDL Boat Services
Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Leicestershire
Nigel Carton
All UK
Ocaid Boat Work
Manchester & Liverpool
Paul Cailey Boats
North West England
Peter Brown
Peter Hopley (Acorn Engineering)
N W England, N Wales, W. Yorks
Philip Patterson
West Yorkshire and around
Prentice Marine
Worcester / Midlands / UK
Quest Marine Surveys
RF marine services Ltd
Rhys Killin
Yorkshire and Lancashire
Roger Squires
North West UK
Rupert Smedley
Staffs, Chesh, Derbys, Shrops, West Midlands
Safeboat Ltd
Greater London, the Home Counties, Surrey, Sussex and Kent
Boat Safety Scheme Examinations And Certification
Sebastian Meier – BSS Examiner
London, Home Counties, Central & West Midlands, South West England
BSS Scheme examiners for private boats. Also gas safe registered for LPG on boats.
07846 274926
Simon Merritt
Star Line Boats
Coventry Canal, Nuneaton
Stephen Swanick
Cheshire, Shropshire, Lancashire, N. Wales
Technical Support Ltd
The Boat Safety Examiner
Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
Boat Safety Scheme Examiner
Tough Surveys Ltd
London and the South East
Tucker Designs
Hemel Hempstead
W A Shrubb narrowboats

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