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Water Sports at Chatham Maritime

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre at Basin 2

Chatham Maritime Trust is excited to announce that it has taken operational control of Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre.  We will over the coming weeks be opening our new Pay and Play boat hire scheme, initially to the Chatham Maritime family (residents, students and estate business employees).  Before expanding this scheme to the wider Medway community delivering pay and play boat hire to adults and supervised children.  

This is now a fully accredited Watersports Centre (AALA and RYA) that enables us to deliver a wide range of watersports activities and training to both the Chatham Maritime family and the wider community.  

We look forward to receiving your support by way of active participation. 

There will be Pay & Play watersports activities on the following dates at Basin 2, Chatham Maritime:  

Monday 29th July 14.00 to 20.00

Wednesday 31st July 14.00 to 20.00

Saturday 3rd August 10.00 to 16.00

Monday 5th August 14.00 to 20.00

Wednesday 7th August 14.00 to 20.00

Saturday 10th August 10.00 to 16.00

Monday 12th August  14.00 to 20.00

Wednesday 14th August  14.00 to 20.00

Monday 19th August  14.00 to 20.00

Wednesday 21st August  14.00 to 20.00

Saturday 24th August  10.00 to 16.00

Saturday 31st August 10.00 to 16.00 

Monday 2nd September 14.00 to 20.00 

Wednesday 4th September 14.00 to 20.00 

Saturday 7th September 10.00 to 16.00 

Monday 9th September 14.00 to 20.00 

Wednesday 11th September 14.00 to 20.00 

Saturday 14th September 10.00 to 16.00 

Saturday 21st September 10.00 to 16.00 

Saturday 28th September 10.00 to 16.00

On the above-mentioned dates watersports will take place from 14.00 to 20.00 on a Monday and Wednesday and from 10.00 to 16.00 on a Saturday.

Hire price is £10 per person per hour (includes Buoyancy Aid).  If a wetsuit is required there will be an additional £2 rental charge.  Cash only.

Large groups need to call to ensure availability.

Pay & Play is open to Adults and children aged 8-18 who are accompanied and supervised by an appropriate adult with consent (by way of a completed participation form) from their parent / legal guardian.

Hire of sit on kayaks and paddle boards require no previous experience.

Hire of a single handed sail boat requires you to be a level 1 or stage 3 standard.  Crewed boats require a level 2 / stage 3 standard.

Windsurf hire requires you to be at Windsurf Start or stage 3 windsurfing standard.





For further information or booking details please contact our Watersports Manager, Matt Small.   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: 




We look forward to welcoming you afloat soon!

Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre

Here are just some of the reviews that have been made on Facebook:

“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 hours fun!

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

“Had a lovely time today playing on the water.  Tried kayaking for the first time 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!”

Chatham Maritime Trust, Leisure opportunities

Chatham Maritime Trust submitted a planning application to Medway Council for two new single storey buildings, one of which is a proposed water sports activity centre on the south side of Basin 2.  This will provide a classroom and changing rooms for the water based activities in Basin 2 .  Medway Council approved this application.

The proposal will not reduce the overall number of designated car parking spaces in the area, some new car parking spaces will be provided to replace those lost.  Further spaces and a drop off zone will be provided for the water activity centre.

Residents will be reassured to know that none of the costs of the proposed new buildings are coming out of their rentcharge.

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