Safety Boat Services and Rescue Boat Hire

If you work in the construction, maintenance, or engineering industry, you’ll understand the importance of safety whilst working in, or near the water. Ocean Sports’ safety boat hire services provide peace of mind for those working on marine construction works such as scaffolding erection and bridge repair, and offer comprehensive safety solutions across the UK. 

  • Direct access to the Solent
  • Mobilisation within 24 hours
  • High load and towing capacities
  • Flexible hire periods
  • CSCS certified skipper and crew
  • RYA trained operators
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Commercial Safety Boat Services

Why Choose Ocean Sports for your Safety Boat Hire Services?

Located in Southampton and with direct access to the Solent and sites across the South Coast, Ocean Sports has over 15 years of experience in the marine construction industry. Specialising in safety boat cover for pontoon safety, the Ocean Sports qualified crew takes the safety of personnel very seriously and provides comprehensive on-the-water safety support for your team operating on pontoon systems. Highly experienced and RYA-certified, Ocean Sports offers UK-wide daytime and night-time rescue boat hire and access cover, whatever your project.

At Ocean Sports, our commercial safety boat services can mobilise at very short notice and be onsite in less than 24 hours. Offering long-term, coordinated, and ad hoc access to our fleet of ribs, our team provides a wide range of bespoke operated and bareboat charters, for those who need a competent crew within their workforce.

Our Fleet of Safety Boats

Our safety boat crew are experts in accessing hard-to-reach inland waterways, rivers and coastal locations, and hold commercially endorsed RYA/MCA qualifications and CSCS cards. Ocean Sports is proud to utilise a highly versatile fleet of safety crafts including 3.5M SIBs, 5M Pioneers, and 8M rigid inflatable boats (RIBs). Our vessels have high load and towing capacities and are capable of moving 200T flat top barges with excavators to suit your needs.

Our Safety Boat Cover Services

Our safety boat work provides access and safety boat cover for on or near the water installation and contract work throughout the UK, including:

  • Bridge repair
  • Construction works
  • Civil engineering projects
  • Scaffolding
  • Flood defence work
  • Long term contracts
  • Short term contracts

Your Safety is Our Priority

Safety and compliance are our top priority for your personnel whilst working on or near water. All our safety boat operatives hold fully commercially endorsed RYA/MCA qualifications, and our night shift operatives hold an RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat certificate. These operatives are experienced in all aspects of night navigation, rough weather handling, and first aid.

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What is a safety boat used for?

A safety boat is a vessel that provides support in case of emergency when operatives are working in or close to water. An example would be where construction work is taking place on a bridge over a body of water.

What sort of application do you provide safety boat services for?

Our safety boat services are utilised by a range of industries, and we regularly provide the following:

  • Safety boats for construction sites
  • Safety boats for civil engineering projects
  • Safety boats for scaffolding erection
  • Safety boats for bridge repairs
  • Safety boats for flood defence work
  • Safety boats for environmental work
What types of safety boats do you have available?

We have a highly versatile fleet of safety boats available, including:

  • 5M SIBs
  • 5M Pioneers
  • 8M rigid inflatable boats (RIBs)
What coding do your safety boats have?

Our RIBS are MCA coded and our other smaller safety boats are coded to inland water ways code.

Are your safety boat services insured?

Our safety boat services are fully insured up to £10m (personal indemnity insurance) and £5m (employers’ liability insurance), including skipper and crew wage insurance with repatriation.

What qualifications do your safety boat crew have?

Our safety boat crew are all highly experienced, hold commercially endorsed RYA/MCA certifications, and are CSCS certified.

How quickly can a safety boat be mobilised?

We can mobilise our commercial safety boats at very short notice and can be onsite in less than 24 hours. 

Other Boat Services

Other boat services provided by Ocean Sports includes the below:

  • Tugging and towing
  • Vegetation clearance
  • Work boats
  • Bridge inspections
  • River inspections

Ocean Sports provides safe access for personnel conducting river and bridge inspections throughout the Solent. With over 15 years of experience and working on a wide range of projects within the marine, construction and engineering industry, Ocean Sports provides safety boats UK and rib hire across the UK. 

For more information about our safety boat hire in the UK, call our friendly team today on 02381 242 159 or email

Booking Details

To book your safety boat cover or enquire about our other boat services including tugging, inspection access or rib charter, call our team today on 02381 242 159 or email