Watersports in Kent are very popular, thanks to our vast amount of beautiful coastal areas and inland lakes and rivers. Whether it be paddleboarding or windsurfing during the warm summer months, or kayaking or cold water sea swimming during the chiller months. Or how about kitesurfing at any time of the year, you just need the ‘right’ type of wind. Here are some ideas of what watersports in Kent you can try for the first time or even take up again!

Stay Safe

  • Check tide times to avoid being cut off from the shore and tell someone where you’re going.
  • Check bay signs for activity zones, bylaws and local beach safety information.
  • Be aware of local hazards and conditions.
  • Take care near cliffs and don’t throw anything over the edge.
  • Beware of walking on slippery rocks, slopes or near the edge of promenades.
  • Keep away from soft sand and mud.
  • Wear a lifejacket if going out on a paddleboard, canoe, kayak, boat.
  •  Inflatables can be swept out to sea by currents and offshore winds.
  • Understand the sea conditions especially how to spot a rip tide – see video below from RNLI.

Seaside Code

  • Take your litter home if the bins are full.
  • Be respectful of ground nesting birds – keep dogs on leads too.
  • Tread carefully on the rocky shore to minimise impact on coastal wildlife.
  • Don’t block public access or right of way and use official car parks where possible.
  • Recycle where possible.


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