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Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre at Basin 2

In line with Government guidelines relating to Covid-19 the Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre has reopened with some activities.  The centre is open for Pay&Play (£15 per hour) and Selflaunch (£10).  All sessions must be pre-booked.  To secure a slot give Matt Small a call on 07538 964335. 





Chatham Maritime Trust is delivering inclusive watersports experiences and activities to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, promoting health and wellbeing whilst encouraging personal and social development, building character, independence and resilience by reinforcing a growth mind-set. 

Our Pay and Play boat hire scheme is proving popular; we will also be offering courses, workshops and youth clubs along with other water activity experiences for individuals, groups, schools, universities and businesses. 

The new watersports building is now in situ and we hope to open this as soon as it is reasonable and practical to do so.  This will provide permanent toilet and shower facilities along with a classroom, café and reception area. 

Getting Involved

For further information or booking details contact our Watersports Manager, Matt Small via the office on 01634 891950 (direct) or on 07538 964335.

We would like to encourage you to follow our Watersports Centre Social Media outlets for details and timings of our products and services as they come online:




Volunteering:  During the 2020 season, we will be looking for volunteers to help us not only on the water, but with other tasks, including fundraising and marketing activities as well as building a wildlife spotters guide.  If you think you have the ability and time to help then please get in touch with Matt Small.

Here are some of the reviews and photos from the 2019 season:

“It’s a great place to enjoy the water and the friendly staff will explain everything if you haven’t been before.  10/10 a must for adults and kids.”

“We had a brilliant time on the kayak and canoes today.  Facilities were really good, such a great opportunity to try out some watersports.  Great price for an hour’s fun!”

“Fab morning paddling and just chilling.  Very welcoming and overall a great experience.”

“Had a lovely time today playing on the water.  Tried kayaking for the first time and loved it!  Great for something local to do!”

“Had a brill time at Basin 2 today – group of us arrived, there was parking available, we could choose between paddle boards and kayaks and we were free to get on the water and play together.  Really great local facility.”


Questions we get asked:  

Do I need to have done watersports before?  No.  We offer activities for first timers, beginners and improvers.

Do I need to be able to swim?  No.  But you must be confident in the water whilst wearing a buoyancy aid (which we provide).

Will I get wet?  Possibly!  There is a chance that you will get wet.  We ask that you bring a change of clothing, a towel and a pair of closed toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet (we do also have a selection of wetsuits available).

Do you still do boating in the rain?  Yes.  As long as the activity can be kept safe and enjoyable we will not cancel activities for just a little bit of rain!

What type of boats do you have?

Sailing Boats:  RS-Terra, RS-Quaba, RS-Feva, RS-Aero, RS-Quest, Hansa 303

Windsurf Boards:  Starboard Rio and Long tail boards and a selection of starboard rigs.

Kayaks:  Selection of Tootega Sit on Top Kayaks

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP):  Selection of starboard rigid and inflatable boards.

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre has been inspected  by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service and is Licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority to deliver watersports (License No. L14857).

We have also been inspected by the Royal Yachting Association and have been recognized as an RYA training centre for the delivery of Sailing and Windsurfing training, meaning it confirms to the highest standards of safety and quality.

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre is also an RYA OnBoard provider, a national grassroots scheme designed to get young people out and enjoying the water encouraging them to Sail and Windsurf.  It gives anyone aged 8-18 the chance to learn to sail or windsurf by providing low cost opportunities for schools, youth groups and families to have fun afloat.  As well as physical and mental benefits of having fun on the water and being out in the fresh air, sailing nurtures key life skills and character strengths in young people.  These strengths are confidence, teamwork, communication, determination, independent and creativity.

Matt Small, Chief of Watersports, said “We are pleased to be able to participate and offer the RYA OnBoard scheme.  Our Basin 2 location offers a safe and accessible environment for young people to learn.  OnBoard fits very well with our mission to deliver inclusive watersports experiences and activities to individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, promoting health and wellbeing whilst encouraging personal and social development, building character, independent and resilience by enforcing a growth mindset.”

Run by sailing’s national governing body the RYA, OnBoard works to make sure anyone who wants to sail and windsurf, regardless of ability or background, can.   OnBoard isn’t about producing champions, although many youngsters do go on to excel in dinghy and windsurf racing, it is about local youngsters discovering what an exciting, challenging, sociable or simply relaxing outdoor activity sailing can be.

Since 2005, OnBoard has helped over 900,000 young people try sailing and windsurfing and learn an activity that often stays with them for life.




Handy Links:  

Royal Yachting Association information from sailings national governing body.

The Adventure Activities Licencing Authority (AALA) HSE licensing authority for adventurous activities.

RYA OnBoard Grassroots scheme run by the RYA to encourage the participation of young people in sailing and windsurfing.

Kent Sport Active partnership for sport in Kent.

Live Weather Gillingham Reach live local weather information.

Medway Swale Boating Association group encouraging boating in Medway and Swale area.

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre, Chatham Maritime Trust, Community Watersports Centre, Maritime Way, Chatham, Kent ME4 4QT.  

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