Equipment & clothing
A wide range of kayaks of varying sizes, brands and types ranging from general purpose boats to whitewater river runners, freestyle, slalom and sit-on-top.
We have 15' open canoes, a C1 whitewater racer, C1 slalom and C2 slalom.
We have several types of sailing dinghies, both singlehanders and crewed boats:
6 x RS Venture
1 x Laser Bahia
1 x RS Toura
6 x RS Feva
5 x Laser One
1 x Laser Vago.
1 x Topper
2 x RS Neo
5.2m aluminium alloy ex-army assault boats fitted with Yamaha 60hp high thrust outboards and hydraulic steering systems.
5.8m Humber Destroyer RIB with Yamaha 100hp outboard and hydraulic steering system.
WBB will provide your boat and personal buoyancy but you will need to bring all your personal clothing including shoes to wear on the water. A windproof is always a good idea as even on a warm day, it is easy to get cold from windchill.
Clothing regulations apply through the winter from 1st November through to 31st March. You will be unable to participate if you are not appropriately dressed.
SAILING: A winter-weight wetsuit (5mm thickness on the body) or a drysuit plus other appropriate clothing including soft-soled shoes.
KAYAKING: 3 options
POWERBOATING: Appropriate thermal clothing with windproof & waterproof outer layers including footwear.
Westminster Boating Base has a limited range of wetsuits, waterproof tops and trousers for sailing and kayaking during our winter season (1st Nov - 31st March). Hire charge is £5.00 per session.
You will still need to provide your own under garments, warm layers, shoes, hats, gloves, etc.
From April to October there are no clothing restrictions and each individual must provide their own - you will need to be appropriately dressed for the weather.
Secondhand: From time to time, as children grow out of their wetsuits, parents donate these suits and other kit to WBB and we pass these on for a donation to the charity. Please ask in-house.
New: WBB keeps a stock of new clothing to purchase including wetsuits, drysuits, gloves, shoes, boots and cagoules. Please ask in-house.