Welcome to the ABSE Website

Thank you for visiting the Website of the Association of Boat Safety Examiners (ABSE) where we hope you will be able to find sufficient information to convince you of the benefits of employing an ABSE member when seeking an Examiner or Surveyor to carry out your Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Examination.

The principal benefit of choosing an ABSE member is that you will receive a consistent approach to the Examination - all ABSE members are kept fully up to date with developments taking place in the Boat Safety Scheme via our ABSE representatives on the BSS Advisory and Technical committees, ABSE email group, and our five ABSE regions who hold four meetings in each region annually. Because of this, we are better placed to pass on this knowledge and benefits on to you. Our examiners are friendly and helpful in their dealings with their clients and offer a sympathetic ear whilst maintaining a highly professional approach.

If your boat does not meet the published requirements of the Scheme, your ABSE examiner will take the time to fully explain why this has happened and you will be provided with a summary of the non-conforming item(s). Each non-conformance will be identified with an Examination Checking Procedure (ECP) number which will enable you to check against to satisfy yourself why your boat was not awarded a Pass Certificate. You can find further information about each item by following the link. www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat-examination/private-boats

Your examiner will also ensure that you fully understand exactly what remedial work needs to be done.

ABSE is the only organisation to have Examiner representatives on all three of the decision-making 'Technical', 'Advisory' and 'Management' committees of the Boat Safety Scheme; this enables us to represent the interests of our members and customers through direct liaison with the Scheme owners. Additionally, we hold regular Regional Meetings where examiners are able to exchange views and formulate improvements to the Scheme – many of which are of direct benefit to the boat owner.