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WATER

SAFETY

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ABOUT US
We love 
film
water
We specialise in delivering comprehensive marine safety and coordination services for film and tv productions.

From backgrounds spanning RNLI and RYA training, ocean yacht racing, and civilian search & rescue operations, we tailor marine safety and support packages to provide safe working systems, allowing you to function effectively in dynamic marine environments.

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We pull together experienced maritime professionals with swift water rescue, advanced powerboat, and HSE commercial diving capabilities – as well as qualified medics with marine experience (to HCPC registered paramedic level) as appropriate to the requirements of each project.

Locations we have worked in include tidal estuaries and beaches, canals and inland waterways, lakes, reservoirs, and on the open ocean. From our base in London, we regularly operate on the River Thames – one of Europe’s busiest waterways – and have a proven track record of planning and delivering dynamic operations in challenging marine environments. Our project portfolio spans film and television productions, outside broadcast, and live events.

The Power of Investment – 2021
Trying – 2021
The Third Day – 2020
Rebecca - 2020
The King – 2020
We Hunt Together – 2020
Angel Has Fallen – 2019
Creating a safe working environment
From handheld to technocranes...
Giving your cast/camera a dunking?
Reasons Why people choose us

Qualified professionals who speak your language

We have extensive experience of providing support to productions spanning Commercials, HETV and Feature films. 

Sourcing picture boats, testing concepts, and technical assurance...
helping you navigate the paperwork

Water Safety

Whether you’re shooting on a canal towpath, river embankment, or on the shoreline at a pond, lake, or beach – we can advise, implement, and monitor safety measures to ensure your working environment remains safe and controlled.

If you’d like to discuss your requirements in detail, please feel free to get in touch: 

Filming On WATER

If you’re looking to shoot on/from the water, we can facilitate getting your camera department afloat, coordinate water action and reset between takes in order to get the shots you need.

From static camera positions to tracking vessels, crane platforms, lighting barges and SFX setups – we can tailor a support package to fit your requirements.

IN-WATER SUPPORT

If you’re looking to put cast or camera in the water, we have the capabilities to provide artist training, in-water support, and safety cover you’ll need to keep things running smoothly and safely on the day.
Amongst our team we have experienced operators and instructors with accreditations/affiliations with the following bodies:

If you’d like to discuss your requirements in detail, please feel free to get in touch: 

planning / concepts

From testing concepts and ideas, to planning and consultancy throughout the production schedule, we can offer a range of services to guide marine filming projects from start to finish. 

Our planning and consultancy services include: 

  • Risk assessments and Method Statements
  • Location feasibility studies and tidal access reports
  • Advising on technical accuracy of scripted action
  • Arranging artist training 
  • Finding doubles / supporting artists with special skills
  • Sourcing hero/picture boats 

If you’d like to discuss your requirements in detail, please feel free to get in touch: 

Licences & Permits

If you’re looking to film on managed waterways in the UK, you will need to ensure that the correct licences and permits are in place. We’ve included some preliminary information below about some of the most common licencing authorities and their requirements:

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Port of London Authority
The Port of London Authority manages all commercial activity on the tidal Thames (from Southend to Teddington).

A filming licence is required for all commercial photography and filming, which is granted subject to the approval of the harbourmaster upon receipt of detailed navigational plans and risk assessments.

As one of Europe's busiest ports, it comes as no surprise that there are a number of stringent requirements that commercial operations (including media/filming) on the tidal Thames must adhere to, and all vessels require qualified skippers with local knowledge endorsements due to the density of navigational hazards and boat traffic within this busy tidal port.
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Canal & River Trust
The Canal and River Trust manage over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales.

For filming locations within their managed waterways, risk assessments and works permits may be required, depending on the nature of the production requirements.

Access and egress can also pose a logistical challenge, and in some locations it may be necessary to utilise the waterways in order to transit large equipment or props by boat.
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Environment Agency and MMO
For construction activities which anchor, or fix, or construct items to the seabed or riverbed, a permit is required from the Marine Management Organisation.

For activities that may impact local wildlife or ecosystems, the Environment Agency will require an Environmental Impact Assessment to be undertaken, and – depending on the nature of works – a flood risk activity permit may be required.

For most filming operations, these do not apply, however – for large scale installations in particular – forward planning is required as the timescales for obtaining the necessary permissions can be significant.

If you’d like to discuss your requirements in detail, please feel free to get in touch with us.

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