Danson Park Watersports Centre


Danson Park Adventures

The Boathouse, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 8HL

Email: watersports@bexley.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8303 2828

How to find us

Located in the London Borough of Bexley, Danson Watersports Centre offers a wide variety of activities and courses perfect for anyone over the age of eight with any skill level.

Our centre has qualified instructors for all activities on offer. All of our instructors are enhanced DBS checked. All equipment is provided, and changing facilities are available. We recommend that you bring a change of clothes and a towel for our activities and courses.

Discover what we do and get in touch to see what we offer.

Please note: In order to take part in any activities at Danson Watersports all participants must have a completed participant card before going on the water. A new one will need to be completed for each new participant.

This can be completed on the day at the centre. If completing on the day please allow for extra time before your session starts.

For enquires or to discuss your needs please contact the centre.




We have Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Dinghy Sailing Courses for complete beginners to experienced sailors in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

Each course must have a minimum of two people to run.


Courses are available for those aged 8 to 16, individuals can take part in RYA Stage One, Two, Three and Four courses.

Each course must have a minimum of four people to run. Each Stage is based on a two-day course running from 10am to 4pm.



We offer British Canoeing (BC) accredited courses for beginners and for those who want to get better and improve their skills.

We provide all the kit and resources you will need. All you will need to bring is a change of clothes and a towel.


Just because the initial BC Level one course is tailored for those over the age of 14, youths can still take part in our canoeing and kayaking schemes!

To complete your Paddlepower Start, Passport and Discover come and join our youth night sessions.


We offer RYA Powerboat Level One, Two and Safety Boat courses.

As an Inland Centre, the courses offered are Inland endorsed courses. Working closely with our local tidal club on the River Thames we can arrange for a Coastal Conversion day for the Level Two and Safety boat course.

For RYA Safety Boat Courses please contact the Centre.

RYA Powerboat Level One Courses (1 day)

Minimum age

Eight years old. Candidates aged under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

Course content

  • launch and recovery
  • preparation of the boat and crew
  • boat handling
  • picking up and securing to a mooring buoy
  • leaving and coming alongside
  • being towed


Able to drive under supervision. 

RYA Powerboat Level Two Courses (2 day)

Minimum age

12 years old. Candidates aged under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

Course content

  • the Powerboat Level One syllabus
  • low-speed close quarters handling
  • man overboard recovery
  • an introduction to driving at planing speed


Self-sufficient powerboat driver in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

RYA Sailing Courses

Course Duration Cost per person Jul Aug Sep Oct
RYA Level One - Start Sailing 2 £190 30/1 14/15
4/5 1/2 15/16 -
RYA Level Two - Basic Skills 2 £190 7/8 11/12 8/9 -
RYA Youth Scheme Stage 1 2 £120 30/1 4/5 5/16 -
RYA Youth Scheme Stage 2 2 £120 30/1 4/5 5/16 -
RYA Youth Scheme Stage 3 2 £120 - 11/12 8/9 -
RYA Youth Scheme Stage 4 2 £120 - 11/12 8/9 -

RYA Powerboat Courses

Course Duration Cost per person Jul Aug Sep Oct
RYA Powerboat Level One 1 £150 28 25 22 -
RYA Powerboat Level Two 2 £300 14/15 - 29/30 11/12
RYA Coastal Conversion Day 1 £150 - - - -

British Canoeing Courses

Course Duration Cost per person Jul Aug Sep Oct
One Star 1 £71 28 25 22 -

Youth activities

Course Duration Cost per person Jul Aug Sep Oct
School holiday programme (10am to 3pm) - £25 per day £100 per week 23-27 30-3 6-10 13-17 20-24 28-31 - 22-26
Youth night (Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm) - £8 4, 11, 18, 25 8, 15, 22, 29 5, 12, 19, 26 -
Youth club (Saturdays 2pm to 4pm) - £8 7, 14, 21, 29 4, 11, 25 1, 15, 29 13, 27

All equipment provided. Minimum age for all activities and courses is eight years old. Youth sailing courses 10am to 4pm all other courses 9.30am to 4.30pm. Certificate included in the course cost on successful completion.

Youth night

Are you aged between 8 and 16 – why not try our youth night, a fun way to learn or improve on your skills out on the water. 

Sessions run on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm between April and September (weather dependent).

Youth club

Fancy joining Danson’s Watersports youth club?

Sessions run every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, between March and September.

Pre-booking required.

Cost £8 per session.

School and youth groups

Danson Watersports Centre is open for bookings for schools and youth groups all year round with the option of taking part in a wide variety of activities such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, bell boating and rowing.

The Centre is fully accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and receives yearly inspections for this. All of our instructors are fully qualified, enhanced DBS checked and experienced with working with young people.

Primary and Secondary schools

Whether your school is looking to visit for a taster session or a whole week, the Centre can host fun, exciting, out of the classroom learning experiences for children on the water. Sessions can be tailored to your syllabus needs; whether it’s a multi-activity fun day or specific topic related learning. 

The centre can also provide RYA and British Canoeing sailing and kayaking certification for participants whether it be a taster certificate or qualification in their respective activity.

Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides

An evening of activities on the lake is an ideal way for youngsters to build skills, solve problems and enjoy themselves. Sessions can be tailored around your requirements, whether it`s fun and games, team building, or working towards specific badges or qualifications.

We can also run multi-activity days to combine a number of activities in one day, such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing and bell boating.

School holiday programmes

A mixture of sailing, kayaking and fun activities.

Our school holiday programme is a mix of dinghy sailing and kayaking. A very popular choice and a great way to stay active in the school holidays, with the day split into two sections, morning and afternoon there is plenty of opportunity to try different activities.

The programme is tailored for mixed abilities for anyone aged 8 to 16 with no experience necessary.

This year we have introduced within our holiday programme the 'Stay extra time' scheme. Parents/guardians are able to drop their children off at the centre from 9am and collect them at 6pm. This is at an additional charge*

These holiday schemes are available on the following dates:

Summer holidays

  • Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August 
  • Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August
  • Monday 13 August to Friday 17 August
  • Monday 20 August to Friday 24 August 
  • Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August 

October half term – 

  • Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 

Times: 10am to 3pm
Cost: £25 per day, £100 for the week 
Stay extra time*: £8 per hour outside of 10am to 3pm

Row boat hire

Fancy just taking a nice adventure on the lake with the family? We have over 20 row boats for hire at Danson Watersports Centre. Our boats are available from 10am to 6pm every day between April and October.  

  • each row boat can seat a family of five (size dependent) 
  • no pre-booking required
  • available for groups 
  • life jackets are available for all 
  • anyone under the age of eight must wear a life jacket
  • dogs are welcome

Cost: Before 12pm - £8 half hour / £10 hour after 12pm - £10 half hour / £15 hour.

Mini ships

Fancy something different for your little ones? The Centre has fun electric Miniature Ships for hire that can hold up to two adults and two children.

We have three mini ships to choose from - a fire boat, ferry and police boat.

Mini ships are available from 10am to 6pm every day between April and October (weather dependent).

There is no need to book in advance – just turn up and set sail.

Mini ships are available and can be booked for birthday parties and group bookings.

Cost: £5 for 30 minutes

Bell boating

Looking for a fun activity for people of all ages? Then look no further than bell boating. The boat can hold up to 12 people at a time and is a stable craft. The boat is constructed of two hulls where the paddlers sit connected with a platform in the middle. The boat is steered by a helm positioned at the back.

From adult team building activities to disability activities on water sessions the bell boat is definitely the perfect choice for you. As well as sessions for everyone we are fully inclusive to all needs of our participants – get in touch today. 

Costs: £117 half day / £234 full day per group of 12.

A half day is a two-hour session throughout the day. A full day is 10am to 3pm.

Want to try something different for your child’s birthday? Danson Watersports Centre offers birthday parties for a minimum of two hours.

During your two hour party on the water, our instructors will teach you and your friends the basics of an activity of your choice, from kayaking, sailing, canoeing or bell boating. The session will involve plenty of fun and games, whether it's kayak walking or racing your sail boats around the island. Kayaking sessions can also include a game of canoe polo on our international sized pitches subject to availability on the day.

All party goers must be eight years old or over on the day of the party. For those siblings/friends under the age of eight why not hire a row boat?

Cost: £160 for 10 children. Extra children £16 each.

Have you thought of an adult birthday party with us as well? Why stop at the children. All of the above can be tailored for adults. Ask for more details.

We offer one to one tuition in the following activities at the Centre – sailing, kayaking, canoeing and powerboating.

If you cannot make any of our course dates or prefer a course tailored to your needs then this could be the best option for you.

Our one to one tailored sessions can be completed with an instructor on a date and time to fit with you any day of the week.

For One to One tuition bookings please contact the Centre on the details at the top of the page.

Danson Lake is home to a great range of coarse fish, including large carp, Tench, Rud, Perch and Roach. We offer day permits from the Centre for fishing for people who have a rod licence.

As well as bank fishing, there are a number of platforms available that are also suitable for disabled users and give full access to the water's edge.

Fishing rules;

  • fishing is only to take place on the south side of the lake
  • all fishermen must have a day ticket from the watersports centre to fish at the lake
  • all fish caught must be returned to the lake – No keep nets permitted
  • all fishermen must have a rod licence with a maximum of two rods per platform
  • all fishermen must use the disinfectant stations around the lake before and after fishing in the lake
  • fishermen are not to cast out further than the orange marks set

Please contact the Centre for further enquires; our team is here to help.

Cost: £8.50 adults, £5 concessions per day.