Boat Safety Systems

The Boat Safety Scheme 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 users of, visitors to, and people working on the inland waterways; more details on the scheme can be found on the BSS website.

Boating Leisure Services provide BSS examinations and certification. A BSS Certificate is valid for four years. For new boats an Annex XV Declaration of Conformity to Recreational Craft Directive can often be used for its first four years to support a boat registration and a Annex IIIa Declaration can be accepted for the first 12 months. Examinations can be arranged 2 months before your existing certification runs out.