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The minimum age for ALL activities is strictly 10 years old,
for information about places that offer activities for younger participants
How to book
Booking can only be made online
There is no waiting list
We do not accept childcare vouchers
At this stage we are aiming to release children holiday course places week by week so we can stay on top of the government guidance, please follow our
page and turn on notifications for the latest new
What to wear
Wear a set of clothes suitable for the weather conditions (no jeans), include a waterproof jacket and hat
Old trainers needed for the water (something secure, not crocs, flip flops or wellington boots)
What do to on arrival
Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled session time, registration will take place outside of the centre.
Only the participant (and guardian(s) for those under 18) can enter the Watersports Centre operational area, all spectators are welcome to watch from the public benches.
There are currently no changing or shower facilities available, access to the Watersports Centre building is only in the case of emergencies
All participants need to arrive ready changed in suitable clothes for the weather conditions, having already visited the toilet and washed their hands.
The toilets in the Watersports Centre building will only be available for participants at the end of their sessions.
Wimbledon Park lake is not an open water swimming venue, there are several alternatives including open air swimming pools, lido's and natural spots.
Open Water Swimming Venues - Swim England website
Own craft (including radio controlled)
All of the Watersports activities that happen on Wimbledon Park lake are run through the Watersports Centre with our staff and equipment, you are not allowed to just turn up with your own equipment.
There are public access points for using your SUP, kayak or canoe on the non-tidal River Thames, for which you will need to buy an annual license from the
or become a member of
, your membership card becomes your river license for the Thames
For accessing the tidal River Thames please visit the
Port of London Authority
for the latest guidance/charges
Remote controlled boats
- Radio controlled boats are
allowed on the lake at Wimbledon Park.
Hampton Court Model Yacht Club
is a local venue that does accommodate remote controlled boats.
Wimbledon Park Angling Club operates from the 'green' banks of the lake in
Feeding the birds
If you wish to feed the birds, please follow signs to designated bird feeding area.
for advice on what to feed them
It is the participant's responsibility if they have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case to self-isolate as recommended by the government,
for current guidance.
We have undertaken new protocols to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 at the Centre, but all participants (and guardians/bookers for those under 18) must take responsibility for the decision to take on the risk of attending.