Understanding that there is a fundamental difference in need for waterways traders, Tom works with the most prolific names in the industry to ensure safety and standards are paramount. His background in the holiday hire business gives him significant advantage over other surveyors, with his insight into the operational needs of companies ensuring a straight forward and efficient service. Gas Safe Registration enables checking of residential and hire boats without complication, and as Tom applies the 2002 BSS Guidelines on a daily basis there can be no grey areas. Tom is also familiar with the 2017 BSS Hire Boat guidelines, effective 01/04/2017. 

Tom is proud to have a 100% success rate with hire-boat safety. 

Tom aims to increase your fleet safety significantly - if you have any doubts about your current fleet compliance or safety, clearly something has to change; your reputation depends on it. 

Tom is proud to work with the following companies and organisations - big or small:

ABC Leisure Group Ltd (Alvechurch Boat Centres Ltd)

AC Marine

Anglo-Welsh Waterway Holidays

Avon Boating Ltd

Avon Leisure Cruises Ltd

Avon Navigation Trust

Baguette Barge and Ice Cream Boat - Stratford-on-Avon Basin

Barton Moorings

BC Boat Management Ltd

Bidford Boats 

Black Prince Holidays

Boat Safety Scheme

Brookline Narrowboats

Bywater Hotelboat Cruises

Caggy's Yard Tipton

Canal and River Trust

Capercaillie Cruises / Falkirk Hire Boats

Charlie Watts Joinery

Copt Heath Wharf

Droitwich Spa Marina 

Dusty (the coal boat)

Evesham Marina

Heritage Boats of Evesham Ltd

Kate Boats Warwick Ltd

Kingfisher Marine (Pershore)

Knowle Hall Wharf Ltd

Martin Brookes / Prestwood Wharf (Black Country Narrowboats) 

Napton Narrowboats

Ortomader (Marine) Ltd

Oxfordshire Narrowboats

Portharb Holidays Ltd

Redline Boats (Goytre)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Silva Developments Ltd

Stephen Goldsbrough Boats

Stratford-upon-Avon District Council

Tony Newton (ATN Alternators)

Viking Afloat Holidays

Wiltshire Narrowboats

White Horse Boats (Devizes)


Tom Keeling began working on the Inland Waterways in 1995, working in all areas of the holiday industry but particularly as an engineer and boat fitter for many years. Tom has been self-employed and running this business since 2005. Tom has owned, refitted and lived on his own boats in the past.

Tom has the following accreditation:

RYA Inland Waters Helmsman Instructor

RYA Powerboat Instructor, PB2, PB Intermediate, Safety Boat, VHF SRC, WRT1, MREW Fall Equipment Inspector

Diploma in Marine Surveying – Lloyds Maritime Academy

CRT/EA Registered Boat Safety Examiner

Gas Safe Registration (No. 300458)

Full Member of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)

Partner - NABSE LLP (Nationwide Alliance of Boat Surveyors and Examiners, LLP)