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Alternatively you can use this form to get in touch with the Boat Safety Scheme team.

You can use it below to ask about technical matters, certificatesexaminations.

It can also be used to make comments or raise queries about a BSS Examination your boat has had.

We would also be grateful for any information about incidents of boat fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, or even just close calls that you or your family may have had.

Pictures, documents and other files can be uploaded if you think it will help explain and illustrate your comments, queries or incident reports.

Are you thinking about becoming an Examiner?

You will already have a lot of expertise and knowledge about boat systems and boats and your background can demonstrate this. You must also be passionate about helping keeping people to stay safe and delivering great customer service will be second nature. You have to methodical, self-disciplined and be fully confident about using computers or tablets as all the administration is online and by email (you will still have to be prepared to give customers printed certificates). And you will have a business plan. If this is you - read about it here.

'Buying a boat?'

Are you thinking of buying a boat. If you have never owned a boat before, have a read of this great website for 'newbies' www.onthewater.co.uk It has all the essential information for people thing about the having fun afloat.

If you are thinking of a new life afloat, then the essential information for potential liveaboards is to be found at www.rboa.org.uk (Residential Boat Owners Association) or check out the association on Facebook. This is important reading before making any life-changing decisions.

BSS Certificates and pre-purchase surveys -please make no mistake, a BSS certificate is not a boat survey. Please do not rely on a BSS certificate to support your boat purchase decision. Here's our explanation - BSS examinations: Framework & Limitations

As a potential boat purchaser, if you are told the boat has a current certificate, but no one knows where it is, before money changes hands ask the seller to obtain the BSS certification details (number and dates) from the registering navigation authority (e.g. Broads Authority, Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency, etc.). See below for copy certificate information.

Copies of Certificates: Copies of lost certificates can only be supplied to registered owners/keepers of the boat in question and there can be a fee payable. We check personal details with the registering navigation authority.

Examinares are still required to provide a certification report and boat owners must be given either an electronic copy, or a paper copy or even both if that is what the customer wants. If your examiner has not provided you with a report, please ask him for a copy.(Ref: www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat-examination/arranging-the-examination/bss-certificates-explained)

Certificate details are not available on the BSS website for members of the public. Only navigation authority staff, BSS examiners and the BSS office staff have access to the information. Some navigation authorities are now providing an online information service for their registered boating customers.

Certificate format: -From April 2013, there was a change in examination documentation issued to boat owners? This page explains the changes. (Certificates issued before 31 March 2013 will continue to support boat registrations until they expire on their fourth anniversary).

Our contact details

The main address of the BSS is :

Boat Safety Scheme,
First Floor North,
Station House,
500 Elder Gate,
Milton Keynes
MK9 1BB

Tel: 0333 202 1000