Organising BSS Examinations

Although we are not BSS Examiners, we can help make the BSS exam as hassle and stress free as possible. Please call us on 01932 254180 to get your BSS examination booked in.

What is the Boat Safety Scheme?

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways’ workforce and any other users.

The BSS Examination

Just like a car, on most of the UK’s inland waterways, a boat needs to be licensed, insured and have the boat-equivalent of a MOT -valid BSS certification – before it can cruise. Check with your navigation authority if this applies to your waterway.

Passing a BSS examination once every four years helps prevent boat fires, explosions, or pollution. BSS examinations are carried out by independent BSS Examiners.