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 including London, Scotland, Bristol and Sheffield.

  • UK-wide safety boat services
  • Mobilisation within 24 hours
  • High load and towing capacities
  • Flexible hire periods
  • CSCS certified skipper and crew
  • RYA trained operators

Why Choose Ocean Sports for your Safety Boat Hire Services?

Located in Southampton and offering safety boat services across the UK including Scotland, Sheffield, Rotherham, London and Bristol, 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 boats, 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, 8M rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and metal work boats. 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
  • Railway works
  • 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.

Our Powered Pontoon Hire

As specialists in pontoon working platforms, Ocean Sports provides industry professionals with safe access on or around the water with walkways, paths, and jetties. With over 15 years of expertise in comprehensive waterside safety and as a sub-contractor to some of the UK’s leading construction, civil engineering, and events companies, you can rest assured that when using Ocean Sports Powered Pontoon hire, your team is in safe, professional hands.

Our floating Pontoons offer exceptional strength and practicality, adaptable to almost any shape, size for a wide range of projects. With the additional safety options of hand railing, safety barriers gangways and much more, our range of commercial pontoons are suitable for many waterside projects including:

  • Surveys
  • Bridge Repair
  • Harbour Wall Repairs
  • Riverbank Projects
  • Lock Restoration & Repair
  • Railway Works
  • Private & Public Events
  • Offshore Windfarms
  • TV & Film Sets

Our Work Boat Hire Services

If you are looking for work boat hire in the UK, Ocean Sports operates a wide range of work boats to meet your operational needs. With over 15 years of experience in waterside safety, our team of engineers will recommend the correct work boat to meet the safety needs of your team and project.

Our fleet of work boats for hire include smaller Ribs robust enough for construction sites, open Ribs suitable for fast flowing rivers, open and cabin Ribs suitable for inshore and coastal work.

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 UK. 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, powered pontoons and rib hire across the UK.

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

Contact Us Today

To book your safety boat cover or enquire about our other boat services including tugging, inspection access or rib charter, complete our contact form below. Alternatively, you can call us on 02381 242 159 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Ocean Sports' safety boat hire services provide peace of mind for those working on pontoons under bridges and using pontoon hire to work in waterways across the UK. With a fully qualified skipper, our commercial safety boat services offer rescue and safety services for those working over water.

What is your service area?

Located in Southampton, Ocean Sports has direct access to the Solent and offers flexible safety boat services to sites across the UK, including Scotland, Sheffield, Rotherham, Grimsby, London, and Bristol.

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
  • Boat rescue service for bridge inspections
  • Safety beach boat hire
  • Safety boat hire in the UK for marine engineering
  • Rescue boats in the UK for marine engineering
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)
Do you offer skippered safety boat services?

Yes! The majority of our commercial rib charters providing safety boat services across the UK are skippered. Our skippered safety boats provide peace of mind that there is a responsible person onsite who is qualified and knows how to react if something goes wrong. We also offer bareboat safety boat hire for those with a competent person already onsite.

Do you offer long term safety boat services?

Whether your construction team need short term safety boat services on site or a long term safety boat service in the UK, Ocean Sports can help. Providing flexible safety boat hire and rescue boat services UK wide, our range of safety service boats are suitable for all lengths of job onsite.

What coding do your safety boats have?

Our commercial RIBS are MCA coded and our other smaller safety boats are coded to inland water ways code, and road transportable for fast deployment.

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. 

What other types of commercial rib hire do you offer?

Ocean Sports also offers commercial rib hire for media. Our Solent rib charters capture events such as Cowes Week racing and more. For more information about our work boat hire in the UK, email or call 02381 242159.