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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.

Stay Safe

Most boat-related incidents involve someone on board doing something to cause it, or not doing something to avoid it.

Find out more about:

The BSS as an Organisation

You can learn more on how the Scheme is run, the committees that steer its activities, how stakeholders are involved in the decisions and policies, as well as how the appeals and complaints systems work.

The BSS role: