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 message or give Matt Small a call on 07538 964335. For enquiries email . All water sports participants must complete a Watersports Participation Form.

Looking for something for the children to do during the school holidays?

On Wednesday 3rd April the Watersports Centre has 2 sessions aimed at children aged 10+.  Try sailing session: £25 pp (including wetsuit hire) from 10 am to midday or try a kayaking session again for £25 pp (including wetsuit hire) from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Perhaps an adventure day is more appealing on Thursday 4th April.  Open to ages 10-17 for just £45 per child (inclusive of wetsuit hire).  Young adventurers can experience the thrill of sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding.  Spaces are limited so be quick to secure a spot for a fun-filled day.

One for the adults – perhaps you would like to learn a new skill?  Why not give paddleboarding a go?  Adult paddleboarding sessions take place on the 21st and 28th April at a cost of £40 pp (including wetsuit hire).  Time:  9 am to 10.30 am.   This is ideal for a complete beginner with expert instructors to guide you all the way.

To book any of these sessions message or call Matt Small, Chief of Watersports, on 07538 964335.

Sessions for March 2024

Classes to be held in the Crew Room in 2024:

  • Sing and sign on Monday mornings starting January 2024
  • Ladies that craft first Saturday and Wednesday of the month throughout 2024
  • Yoga, six week programme starting Tuesday 2nd January and Thursday 4th January

First Aid Courses 2024

The Crew Room

‘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 £18p/h.

Crew Room table layout options

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.

Wellness with Watersports

Get 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 .

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What our participants say

“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.

Handy Links:

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

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