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TeamO team ethos

We're sailors who started a lifejacket business. From the initial spark of an idea about how we could improve lifejacket safety back in 2011, TeamO has grown in to a small but dedicated team who work from our HQ in Southampton. Today we're profiling the people behind the scenes to show you who makes your lifejacket and how we are bringing manufacturing back to the South coast.

 

TeamO Marine Founder Oscar Mead working in the UK lifejacket factory carrying out quality control checks on new lifejackets

Each day we come in and make the best quality lifejackets that you can rely on if the worst should happen. The responsibility of that sentence is something we constantly think about. If the worst should happen, the standards we put in place every day will help ensure safety and possibly even survival of someone who ends up in the water in our lifejacket. That is a lot to take on board.

There can be no 'made at 4pm on a Friday' attitudes when it comes to safety products.  It has to perform. It has to be made right.  To do this we only use the best performance materials, that are ISO certified from audited suppliers. 

TeamO Marine BackTow Lifejacket part waiting for production in the TeamO UK factory

We cut carefully (with a laser for pinpoint accuracy). We employ the best sewers and makers we can find. Gill and Lou have been with us for nearly two years and their experience is second to none. If you need someone to sew a small, fiddly, complicated shape, these two are your first port of call. Cat joins us when she can and helps us to fulfill your orders (but she also has her own cool sailing plans going on which we're excited to watch developing)

We are also working with a third party manufacturing supplier who does some of the non-technical sewing stages because we can't keep up with demand if we start from scratch in-house anymore.

TeamO Marine the crew behind production of the TeamO range

Oscar is our Head of Design. It was his original idea for a lifejacket that could turn the wearer face-up if they went overboard whilst clipped on that eventually turned in to our award-winning BackTow Lifejacket Deckharness that so many sailors trust and choose for their crew today.  Oscar and our ISO test partners cover the quality control side of things too.

We check, sample, test and retest continuously. Oscar literally knows how many stitches there are in every lifejacket, how much weight a buckle is designed to take and he is constantly seeking new ways to improve and develop our range. Sometimes that means just getting on a boat and going sailing in your own product. 

Oscar Mead, founder of TeamO Marine, sailing whilst wearing one of his own TeamO Offshore lifejackets on a sunny day in the English Channel

Lauren covers the sales and marketing side of things. In the beginning no one had heard of a BackTow lifejacket before and so we set out to educate the market about why being BackTowed was important (short answer: face up =  breathing = good. face down = drowning = bad). From time to time we have other people drafted in to help when we have projects on .

TeamO crew cooling their feet in the River Itchen on a sunny summer day, taking a break from making lifejackets to eat icecream together

We are a small team, but a passionate one. We can't make as many lifejackets every week as some of our competitors, but we are the only ones who can make a BackTow Lifejacket. We think that's important. We plan to keep doing what we're doing, turning up every day to make top notch lifejackets you can rely on, and designing the next big thing (and you should see Oscar's design notebook. There are some wild innovation ideas waiting to burst off those pages.)

We're always happy to talk about lifejackets, and even happier to talk about what you're planning to do whilst wearing our lifejackets - our customers end up in some pretty cool places around the world.  Please keep tagging us in your social media posts when you're out on the water, or tell your dock neighbour about BackTow and why they should consider it.

Last month we launched the Coastal BackTow Lifejacket. This is a new model that combines our patented BackTow harness in to a smaller lifejacket without a sprayhood or a light that is specifically designed for sailors who are doing shorter offshore sailing trips (ie, maybe one overnight passage in coastal waters compared to a longer time offshore when you might be crossing an ocean) This allows Coastal sailors to access BackTow technology at a lower price. The Coastal is ISO approved for use in offshore conditions, and customers can choose to purchase the sprayhood and light separately and install these themselves if they wish to upgrade to the full Offshore package later on without having to buy an entire new lifejacket. 


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Great jackets, unreliable customer service

It is unfortunate that my experience with Teamomarine has been marred by poor communication since I started the process in May and the product was finally delivered in July. It's frustrating when emails go without a response, the phone was never answered and it was a constant push to find out what was happening to my order. I understand there are current supply issues but a short email or text can reassure a customer that they have not been forgotten.
The products, however, are first rate, which is why I stuck with the process. A unique design and quality, I hope I never to have to use them in anger.

Dear Alasdair,

Thanks for your feedback. We will reply by email as well, but we wanted to publicly apologise for the slow communication that you experienced during your order. We have made no secret of the fact that production has been incredibly difficult this year, with several of our suppliers either entirely closed or running with long delays on parts which has affected our own UK manufacturing hub. We have done our best to keep communicating that so that customers are kept up to date, but in one or two cases emails have been missed or left unanswered, which is my bad. I can understand why this has created frustration and confusion about the status of your order. Since July we have welcomed a new team member to the business and are implementing new customer service systems so we are working to prevent this happening in future. Thank you for sticking with us, I am so glad to hear that the product meets your expectations. If there is anything else we can help with please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Best wishes,

Lauren

Comfortable & gives sense do security

This is my third life jackets and could
Say one of the most comfortable
I had, easy to put on and off and has flat back so I can do my yoga posture while
Wearing it ! I have not tried it in the water yet and hope that I have never experience it but the sense of security and safety keeps me happy . I also like the new blue / turquoise colour as my husband has blue /royal blue which was previous edition so we don’t have problem picking the ‘wrong ‘ one as each is adjusted to personal body shape. Will Definitely recommend it !

Excellent product

I'm really pleased with this lifejacket (170N offshore). It's very comfortable, and a doddle to adjust from hot-and-sunny-summer-sailing to full oilskins. It's also easy to open up and check over. I absolutely love the concept of the back-tow harness - a genuinely brilliant idea which really could actually make the difference between life and death; especially if you do much single- or short-handed sailing, why would you have anything else? I also love the fact that they're a proper, honest-to-goodness UK-made product made by people who sail. Highly recommended.

Muy buena calidad de producto y servicio

Todo perfecto, producto de buena calidad y servicio fiable. Debido al brexit hay que pagar los costes de aduana e impuestos cuando te entregan el paquete. He podido colocar en el interior una baliza personal PLB1 Rescueme de Onesignal, aunque no pude fijarla en el soplador por falta de espacio. Por otro lado el chaleco es muy ligero, confortable y en dias calurosos se soporta bién.

Great lifejacket

Got two of these recently in different colours and got to wear them on a few coastal passages. The jackets are very comfortable, almost to the point of not noticing you are wearing one - and no more neck pain, which is fantastic. They appear very well made, look great and so far have served us well, hopefully will continue doing so in an actual emergency, should one occur. The only small gripe I have is the little loop for hanging the jacket up digging into my back - I'll probably just cut it off as I hang the jacket by the harness attachment point (much wider). Highly recommended product overall, thank you TeamO for all the incredible work I'm sure you had to do to get these on the market.