Paddlesports Safety Guidance

Heading down to the coast to go canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding is a great way to have fun and stay active.

But, if you're not careful, it's a lot easier to get into trouble in the water than you might think. Conditions can change quickly and, if you're not prepared, you can easily get caught out.

We've produced some guidance to help keep you safe while paddling in Lymington Harbour and to help you minimise your impact on birds and local wildlife. The RNLI have also created safety guidance for paddle sports so you can prepare yourself properly for the challenges of your chosen activity. Just click on the buttons below:



The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and RNLI also urge kayak owners and other water sports enthusiasts, to clearly label their property so that in the event you are parted and your kayak/canoe/stand up paddleboard is found, the emergency services can quickly establish if you are safe. 

Watersports labels can be ordered free online through the MCA if people don’t want to use indelible ink. There are also labels available free from the RNLI Lymington Lifeboat Shop and the Lymington Harbour Office.

For more information on staying safe you can visit the RNLI's Safety Page.

Slipway Charges

A charge is made for launching. Please pay the harbour staff if present on the slipway or at the adjacent Harbour Office, scan the QR code on the charges sign on the slipway for the payment app or click on the button below.

IMPORTANT: Do not launch until payment has been made or the published penalty fee will apply.


Photo credit: Jo Styles

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