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Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre at Basin 2

The Chatham Maritime Watersports Centre has fully reopened and offers a range of activities.  All sessions must be pre-booked.  To secure a slot give Matt Small a call on 07538 964335. For enquiries email .  All watersports participants must complete a Watersports Participation Form

What’s on 6th to 12th August:


A fun packed adventure day.  Drop off at 9.30 am and pick-up at 4 pm.  Cost is £40 pp.  Minimum age of 10 years applies.



“THE CREW ROOM” is our spacious, fully accessible 55m2 training room (~5.8m x 9.5m) equipped with 6 x 5’ tables & 13 wipeable plastic chairs, and a 65” UHD screen with HDMI cable and also connectable via Bluetooth. THE CREW ROOM is Ideal for running course, workshops, tutorials or holding meetings and is available for hire at very reasonable rates, starting from £15ph.  Take a look at the short video clip:

See the images below for 2 possible table layouts and either end of the classroom.

As part of the 2022 Food & Drink Festival there will be watersports in Basin 2 – Paddle Sports Party BYO, Endurance Sailing – hire a sail boat and meet the challenge or hire a paddle board and test out your sea legs.  Lots of fun activities for the whole family.


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.  For enquiries you can email .

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 are also an RYA Recognised Training Centre and RYA OnBoard provider, delivering sail and windsurf training to both adults and young people.




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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