Herts Boat Rescue is a non-profit making voluntary charity. Primarily providing volunteer flood rescue teams to support the UK's national flood response capability. In addition and due to the expertise of the team, safety consultation and safety cover for planned activities such as triathlons and other events in and around water is provided.

Established in 1996 as a specialist arm of the Bishop Stortford Lifesaving Club, the Herts Boat Rescue team has grown significantly but still keeps close links with BSLC. Many of the current team are also active lifeguards with BSLC.

Our aim is to save lives and help make water safer through education and incident prevention.

You could help. To find out more about us and what we do, see below, contact us or donate.

Herts Boat Rescue is a registered charity. Number 1097039.

National Flood Rescue Teams

As a recognized team on the Defra National Asset Register, the highly qualified volunteer flood team can be called upon to attend and assist with flood evacuation anywhere in the UK.

Incident Support

Working in partnership with the Emergency Services, Herts Boat Rescue Team provides a water based search, rescue and recovery service.
An operational team of appropriately qualified and experienced volunteers deliver;
- Searches in water for missing persons
- Recovery from water of persons or objects
- Swift water rescue

Water Rescue Cover for Events

Many events are held near to or in water and usually require some form of water safety to protect those attending these events. Events commonly attended for safety cover are:
- Triathlons
- Canoe Sprint Races
Raft Races & Dragon Boat Races
- Public Events (adjacent to a body of water)
Please contact us to find out if we can help at your event.

Water Safety Education

Educating today's youth in the value of water safety will benefit all of society for years to come. Within the team there is specialist knowledge, appropriate qualification and a wealth of experience.
Groups include:
School enrichment
- Youth groups
- Cubs/Scouts/Guides
Please contact us to find out if we can help educate your group.


Regular patrols of Hertfordshire's waterways serve to educate the general public of the importance of basic water safety and to raise the profile of Herts Boat Rescue.

Water Rescue Training

Water rescue training is an integral part of our service, it allows our teams knowledge base to stay current and refreshed should we need to put our training into action.
Both internal and external training providers are used to ensure the highest standards of operation.

Herts Boat Rescue is a Rescue 3 Europe training provider.

Recent News
  • HBR RECEIVE GRANT FROM MARITIME INLAND RESCUE FUND (PRESS RELEASE NOV 2017) This week Minister John Hayes announced that vital water rescue charities are to receive £1 million for rescue equipment to keep UK rivers and seas safe. It is fantastic that ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2018, 10:26 by Callum Stewart
  • HBR RECEIVE FUNDING FROM EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL (PRESS RELEASE OCT 2017) Thanks to the generosity of Epping Forest District Council, Hertfordshire Boat Rescue have been able to purchase new radios for the team. It is vital that the team are able ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2018, 10:23 by Callum Stewart
  • HBR RECEIVE STANSTEAD AIRPORT PASSENGER COMMUNITY GRANT (PRESS RELEASE MAY 2017) Stansted Airport was able to help Hertfordshire boat rescue with a grant from it’s community fund. This funding has meant that the team have been able to purchase a ...
    Posted 29 Jan 2018, 12:04 by Callum Stewart
  • THE PEOPLES PROJECT RESULTS A BIG thank you to everyone.We have been announced as the Peoples Projects WINNER for our project, securing £47,516.00 for our Multipurpose rescue bus. Fantastic news!Thank ...
    Posted 20 Jan 2018, 01:53 by Callum Stewart
  • HBR RECEIVE DACORUM BOROUGH COUNCIL GRANT (PRESS RELEASE MARCH 2017) It is great that Dacorum Borough Council was able to help Herts Boat Rescue with this grant. It has allowed the team to replace a boat and engine, which was ...
    Posted 29 Jan 2018, 12:05 by Callum Stewart
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