Ian Marris - Boat Safety Scheme Examiner

Ian Marris is a Boat Safety Scheme Examiner covering Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

Taking the worry out of Boat Safety Scheme Certificates

Ian Marris offers Boat Safety Scheme Certificate examinations on the Oxford Canal, River Thames, Grand Union Canal and the River Avon, from his base at Sovereign Wharf in Banbury. Ian issues Boat Safety Scheme Certificates for narrowboats, widebeams, river cruisers, trailer boats, dutch barges, houseboats and sailing boats.


Whatever the boat type...

... one thing remains the same; Ian will apply the checks required by the Boat Safety Scheme in a consistent and robust manner. He always does this with a smile and a cheery manner - which isn't something you get from every BSS examiner!


Ian will come to your boat...

... and complete the Boat Safety Scheme examination in around 1.5 hours. The cost of a Boat Safety Certificate is £230, which includes the BSS examination and the issue of a BSS Certificate on a successful pass. Should your boat not meet the requirements, Ian is always happy to discuss any plans to make the boat compliant and will offer support by phone, email or Whatsapp until a successful BSS retest takes place.


To arrange your BSS examination, call Ian on 07811 184304 or Book Online.


Boat Safety Examiner recording details on a certificate

Consistent and Robust

As a BSS Examiner who has passed through the latest Boat Safety Scheme training process, Ian understands the checks, requirements and applicabilities in fine detail. This means he can carry out consistent BSS examinations by applying the checks as the Boat Safety Scheme intends.

This doesn't mean your boat is more or less likely to pass, but it does mean he won't misinterpret or incorrectly apply the checks during the examination. That leads to a more accurate result for you.


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A friendly smile

"As a boater, I used to really worry when the 4 yearly Boat Safety Examination came around on my own boats; so I understand it can be a worrying or daunting experience for many boat owners. I always try to examine with a smile and a friendly attitude. Not every boat passes first time, but if there are a few things you need to rectify, I will be there to explain them in simple terms, without making it seem like the end of the world - because it isn't!"


Ian Marris provides Boat Safety Scheme examinations on the River Thames

Areas covered

Ian Marris issues boat Safety Certificates on the following waterways:


Oxford Canal - Oxford to Coventry

River Thames - Wallingford to Lechlade

Grand Union - Braunston to Milton Keynes

Grand Union - Warwick to Napton

River Avon - Stratford Upon Avon area





Ian Marris regularly visits the following marinas to issue Boat Safety Scheme Certificates

Napton Marina   |   Wigrams Turn Marina   |   Cropredy Marina   |   Brinklow Marina   |   Ventnor Farm Marina   |   Fenny Compton Marina   |   Shakespeare Marina   |   Braunston Marina   |   Calcutt Marina   |   Lechlade Marina   |   Aynho Wharf   |   Thrupp Canal Cruising Club   |   Enslow Marina   |   Abingdon Marina   |   Radcot Moorings   |   Campbell Wharf Marina   |   Sovereign Wharf   |   Whilton Marina