Boat Owners’ Survey: Your Invitation to Take Part

The Boat Safety Scheme Boat Owners’ Survey has launched today and is now live.

This is your chance to give your views and we hope that you will take the time to participate in the survey.

It should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. You can complete this on any device, but our recommendation is to use a laptop or PC rather than a Smartphone. 

The link below will take you to the survey. 

If it does not appear to launch the survey, please copy and paste the whole link into your browser window.

The survey is completely anonymous and there is no way of linking your responses to your email address.

If you have any problems completing the survey, please email the project manager at the market research company who are helping the BSS with this survey  –

Ray Rogers
TBA BSS Officer

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How the upcoming Boat Owners’ Survey will work

How the upcoming Boat Owners’ Survey will work

We sent you a message recently announcing that the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has decided to survey all Boat Owners.  There have been a few questions, so I thought I’d share some information about how the survey will work.

We will send you an email during w/c March 15th which will contain a link to the online survey. (Please note that this survey will be hosted on an external website and so not the BSS website or any site linked to The Boating Association). The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous. None of the survey analyses will be presented in a way that allows anyone to identify you as an individual.

  • The survey WILL ask you to provide some information about you and your boat. The purpose of these questions is to enable the market research company to analyse the data in a way that allows them to compare how different types of people feel about each of the themes in the questionnaire.
  • The survey will be a mix of ‘tick-box’ questions and ‘write-in questions’.
  • For the ‘tick-box’ questions, you may (for example) be asked to say how much you agree or disagree with a range of statements.
  • Deliberately, there is not a middle answer (eg “neither agree nor disagree”).   If you are unsure as to how to respond to any of the questions, you can skip that question and move on to the next.  None of the questions in the survey are compulsory, although it’d be great if you could answer as many of them as possible.
  • The write-in questions will be an opportunity for you to add more information about your opinions. 
  • The survey will launch in the week commencing Monday, March 15th, and be available for around 3 weeks.
  • We may send you an email reminder to complete the survey at some point in those 3 weeks.
  • The data will be analysed in April and you will get to hear the results of the survey during May.
Ray Rogers
TBA BSS Officer
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Is Your BSS Examination Due Soon?

If your examination is due or will soon be due we recommend you get it booked as soon as possible because recent figures show examinations are approximately 18% down on 2016’s figures. If this situation remains there will be circa 2000 boats without a valid BSS certificate by the end of the financial year. Getting booked in early can help mitigate any potential rush of all boaters trying to book examinations.

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Announcement | The Boat Owners’ Survey Releasing in March 2021

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has decided to carry out an online survey of all Boat Owners. This survey will be live during March 2021. The purpose of the survey is to understand more about your opinions on some important issues related to boat ownership, safety as well as to collect ideas for what could be improved. For this research, we ask that you provide your honest opinions be they positive or negative.

The survey is currently being developed by the BSS. They have confirmed that the results will be analysed independently, and the findings of the research will be shared with Boat Owners before the Summer. We, The Boating Association will act as the go-between for the BSS and as such we will retain responsibility for contacting you about the survey.

We may send you a few emails between now and the survey’s launch to explain more about how the survey works. Your access to the survey will be provided to you through a link which we will be sent to you in March.
Please ensure we have a current email address for you, if we do not have it please send it to

Thank You For Reading.

Ray Rogers
TBA BSS Officer

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CRT Seeks Boaters Opinions on Part of the Boat Safety Scheme

The Boating Association has been asked by CRT to seek boaters’ opinions on an aspect of the Boat Safety Scheme. We shall be sending the information to all members when it is received in March. The information will be sent to members via their email, so we ask if you are a member to please ensure we have the correct email address for you.

If you believe we may be using an incorrect or outdated email for you, it is recommended that you send an email including the email address you wish to be contacted on to your membership secretary at the following address:

Thank You For Reading.

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