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Water Sports at Chatham Maritime

The Medway Watersports Centre at Basin 2

Chatham Maritime Trust has granted a licence to Arethusa to provide watersports activities in Basin 2 at Chatham Maritime to February 2020 with weekend and evening sessions. The centre will be a community focused facility offering water-related activities for residents of St. Mary’s Island, local businesses, local schools, universities and the wider population of Medway.  Activities in the Basin have resumed and are ongoing.  Arethusa are also working with other groups to help deliver projects.  

Residents of St. Mary’s Island are entitled to free membership for the Activity Clubs and 10% discount.  

Arethusa Watersports Centre call 01634 719933


Based at the Chatham Maritime Docks, Arethusa’s Watersports Centre is the place in Kent for Sailing, Kayaking and Canoe courses.

A British Canoe Union Approved Centre and RYA Training Centre, licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, which all adds up to the very best in safe supervision and training and plenty of fun for everyone involved!

The regular watersports centre programme includes:

  • RYA On Board Club: A Sailing club for 7 to 15 years old. Currently running on Thursday  evenings. please enquire for further information
  • Paddlers Club: Also running on Thursday nights. This is a Club for all ages to experience some basic paddling skills.
  • Pay and Play Nights: Selected equipment will be available to rent to experience new sports or even develop existing skills.
  • Arethusa Watersports Camps: Non-residential activity camps that will be running over the summer holidays.

Day Visits

  • Dinghy Sailing
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Initiative Games
  • Raft Building
  • Raft Race Courses
  • Bell Boating

Watersport Courses

  • BCU 1 and 2 star Kayak
  • BCU 1 and 2 star Canoe
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2
  • RYA Youth Sailing Stage 1 & 2
  • RYA Adult Dinghy Sailing Level 1 & 2
  • Logbooks, badges and certificates issued
Chatham Maritime Trust, Leisure opportunities

Thanks to our highly experienced instructors and extensive equipment absolutely no experience is necessary for any of these activities. Schools, youth groups and the disabled are all welcome to take part in our activities and receive expert instruction, whether it’s just for fun or to work towards RYA or BCU qualifications.

On the 10th, 16th, 24th and 31st August Arethusa are holding Water Sports Adventure Days in Basin 2 at Chatham Maritime.  Activities will include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and raft building  – suitable for those aged 7-15.

These activity days will be held from 9.30 am to 4 pm and the cost for each day is £33.  Call 01634 719933 to book.  For other activities take a look at Arethusa’s website.

The watersports season at Basin 2 comes to an end in October 2018 and the new 2019 season will start with East holiday activity days.  Further details to be posted when available.

If you prefer something out of the water then the Land Based Adventure Days organized by Arethusa might be preferable.  These are being held on the 8th, 15th and 22nd August at their base in Lower Upnor.  Activities include climbing, high ropes, archery, swimming and bush craft and suitable for those aged 7-11.  The Land Based Adventure days start at 8.15 am and finish at 4 pm.  Again, the cost is £33 per day and can be booked by calling 01634 719933.

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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