TeamO is driven by a passion for being on the water.

We keep sailors safe whilst they get on with pushing boundaries in their chosen field, whether that involves crossing oceans, racing around the coast and buoys or cruising on a summer day with family.

 The Story So Far...

- TeamO Marine started as a family business, founded by brother-sister duo Oscar (28) and Lauren (30) Mead.

- Both siblings are sailors and come from a family with a long history of racing and sailing boats across oceans. Oscar was the youngest person ever to enter and complete the OSTAR single-handed race from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island when he was just 18 years old.

- In 2011 a sailor in the UK lost his life falling overboard whilst tethered to his boat. He was dragged face-down in the water next to his vessel and despite best efforts by his crew, he lost his life. This, and other accidents and fatalities in the sailing community, sparked the idea for the BackTow Lifejacket when Oscar realised that the current standard of lifejacket deck harness just was not good enough.

- It took four years of designing, thorough testing and patent applications to get Oscar's design recognised by the official test bodies required to be able to sell lifejackets. It became a family passion to see the design available in shops, despite resistance and being told by lots of the 'big players' in the industry that it wouldn't be possible to break in to the market.

- The patented BackTow lifejacket harness was launched in Spring 2017, and since then it has received wide spread acclaim - it was even called 'revolutionary' by one of the marine industry's leading publications. It is now available in 20+ stores in the UK and selling in 8 countries.

- In May 2018 the business successfully campaigned on Crowdcube to raise funds for product development. Nearly 200 investors joined the business to raise £270,000 for essential funding.

- In September 2018 TeamO became the official lifejacket supplier for Tracy Edwards' relaunched 'Maiden' sailing team, who are currently sailing around the world to promote equal access to education and sport for women and girls. The crew are currently wearing custom branded TeamO lifejackets for their mission.

- In October 2018 the business made the decision to move production from the Far East back to the UK. After scouting locations for months Oscar and Lauren found a unit near the Itchen Bridge in Woolston and have established a production facility there. They now have a team of (brilliant) sewers who make lifejackets from scratch and are hiring more people as the business grows.

- On 26th March 2019 Oscar and Lauren were honoured to jointly accept the award for Young Business Person of the Year at the British Marine Awards. This is the first time the award has been given to two people.

- November 2023 TeamO appointed Bainbridge International our global distributors to help us grow sales, merging the TeamO family with the Bainbridge team allows us to grow faster as serve customers in more regions across the world. With new production facilities in the far east and Asia TeamO is finally in a position to compete at scale on the worlds stage. 

We are always keen to hear from our customers. To get in touch with us directly please call 01489 776000 during office hours (8am-4pm Monday to Friday) or email us at info@teamomarine.com and we will try to get an answer to you within 24 hours.

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Latest Reviews

We let our customers speak for us:

94 reviews

This life jacket is so light and noninvasive that I forget that I’m wearing it. I highly recommend it!


We received our 170N life vests within two weeks of placing our order. We live in Texas and expected shipping from the UK to take longer. The vests are comfortable to were while on deck. My wife and I are leaving Galveston in April for our years long cruising life and I purchased these life vests because we are expecting to be on watch alone at various intervals. We both clip in our tethers and use jack lines when necessary to go forward while underway.. Neither of us has ever fallen overboard and this is our greatest fear while underway. This vest appears to provide the best possibility for survival if one of us fall overboard while alone on deck.

170N Offshore BackTow Lifejacket DeckHarness in Blue
Amazing product and service!

Great industry leading product, speaks for itself!
Amazing service from the Teamo guys too. Quick responses to email queries, great communication, perfect customer service. Very happy customer. Would highly recommend! Thanks guys!

170N Offshore BackTow Lifejacket DeckHarness in Blue
170N offshore lifejacket

Hoping I never need to use it in anger but so far satisfied with the product.
Fits perfectly, feels lighter than previous version and just love the colour.. !
Initially I didn’t know who to direct my emails to .. but once I found a contact communication ran smoothly.

275N Ocean BackTow Lifejacket DeckHarness in Black
Leonard Mroz III
Few Upgrades and would be Perfect

Now that I worn it for a little while now it’s a really good product! I’m quite happy with it. The only reason I can’t give it five stars is because the leg straps just aren’t beefy enough. I’d like something more substantial to hold on to me if I fall overboard.. These little teeny tiny thin straps will dig into your legs real quick… This is literally the only thing that’s not built to an industrial standard, everything about this lifevest is made for offshore cruising!