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Bristol Harbour offers many opportunities to do water sports and activities.
Most water sports take place around the Baltic Wharf Water Leisure Centre, as the area is normally kept clear of moored vessels and shore facilities are provided. However, these activities do also take place throughout Bristol Harbour.
All watersports are regulated by the Harbour Master through locally agreed safety codes. Contact the Harbour Office for more information on these codes.
- Dinghies, canoes and windsurfers may be used from Baltic Wharf slipway.
- One-day licences can be purchased at the Harbour Office.
- Life jackets or buoyancy aids must be worn.
- Users should always take note of the Underfall Yard Area exclusion zone.
Bristol Sailing Tuition
Sailing and power boat tuition is available at All Aboard. For more information, telephone 0117 907 3019 (answer-phone out of normal office hours).
- Inflatable boats that are approved by an appropriate National Standards Authority (BS, DIN, AFNOR, etc), may be used with the Harbour Master’s permission.
- Toy inflatables are not allowed.
Rowing and Sculling is a very popular sport in Bristol Harbour.
This activity is regulated by the number of rowing craft in the harbour at any one time and by the locally agreed safety code.
The maximum number of rowing boats or sculls allowed in the harbour at a time is 14. To ensure no more than 14 boats are on the water the Bristol Rowing Club operate a tag system.
If you wish to row in Bristol Harbour you should make arrangements through the Bristol Rowing Club.
When licencing motorised craft with an engine size greater than 10 horse power, photographic identification (driver's licence or passport) and proof of address for example a utility bill, is required.
Jet skis and other similar craft and equipment are not allowed in the harbour due to speed and wash restrictions.
If you are an event organiser and wish to hold an event on the water contact the Harbour Office for safety requirements and water quality information.
There are many clubs operating in the harbour that cater for a wide variety of interests. Clubs usually take advantage of the ‘quantity discount’ available on licence fees and pass the benefit on to members. Anyone interested in joining should contact the club or organisation directly in the first instance.
- Baltic Wharf Sailing Club
- Bristol Ariel Rowing Club
- Bristol Canoe Club
- Bristol Cruising Club
- Bristol Gig Club
- Bristol Pegasus Model Boat Club
- Cabot Cruising Club
- City of Bristol Rowing Club
- Port of Bristol Authority Sailing Club
Fishing is free to all licenced fisherman in designated areas shown on the Harbour map. Please be prepared to produce your official rods licence on request. More information on fishing in Bristol's harbour, parks and green spaces.