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Calshot Activities Centre

Centre Membership

Please note that we request Centre membership payments are made by cheque or postal order. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Hampshire County Council.
Payments by credit/debit card or cash can be made in person at the centre's reception

What annual Centre memberships are available to the public?

The Basic membership and car parking pass can be extended to any of the following

  • Angling from CAC shores
  • Boat storage space for winter lay-up, build or repair
  • Caravanning & camping on our campsite (waiting list applies)
  • Launching pass for trailer boats (not storage)
  • Launching pass for wind/kite/stand-up paddle boards or kayaks
  • Trailer boat outdoor storage, including launching pass (waiting list applies)
  • Windsurf board/kayak indoor storage

All Calshot Activities Centre (CAC) annual Memberships run from 1 April to 31 March and include partners and children under 18. Other benefits include membership of the Calshot Association and various discounts. Membership fees for Wind/kitesurf/stand-up or kayak passes, Caravanning & Camping and Angling, include membership of the appropriate site club.

How do I obtain a Centre Membership?

Existing members should renew in January/February using the relevant forms posted to them and return them by the date indicated.

First time applicants for Trailer Boat parking and Caravan & Camping are subject to waiting lists. Other first time applicants should complete the relevant forms in this pack and send them with appropriate fees to the Centre.

Why do you include membership of site clubs for some activities?

Wind/kitesurfing, caravanning & camping and angling often occupy overlapping areas of the site. Experience has shown that day to day supervision and management of these activities is necessary to minimise detrimental effects to site users.

The most economic and effective way for CAC to do this, is to support users in running their own, low cost, independent clubs, which provide a framework for organisation of their activities and also benefits such as insurance and social events. Operation of the three clubs is overseen by CAC management on behalf of HCC in its role as landlord.

What is the Calshot Association?

It is the representative body for site users, be they individuals, clubs or other groups using CAC facilities regularly. Its objectives are:-

  • To act as the formal link between Centre local management and Centre users regarding facilities provided and their day to day operation.
  • To raise funds for specific facilities and projects at the Centre, as agreed with its Director.
  • To represent the views of site users to other parts of the County Council and external agencies and organisations, as necessary.

The Association’s AGM is held in June each year, all Centre Members are entitled to attend, see the latest minutes

Copies of the Constitution are available on request from the Secretary, who can be contacted via Reception.


Basic Membership

Prices from 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

  • Centre Membership
  • Car Parking Permit
  • Extra Car Pass (only one per membership) for members 2nd car, on-site at the same time
  • Additional Memberships (optional)

  • Angling (fee is per individual, over 18 yrs,) (Partner or spouse)
  • Camping and Caravaning Club (waiting list applies)
  • Windsurf Club - launch non powered kayak/surfboard/SUP/craft
  • Windsurf board/canoe storage
  • Annual Launch Pass (no storage)

  • Up to 5.99m LOA/Jetski/PWC
  • 6m and over  LOA

Boat Park

Annual (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016) space in the trailer boat park, year round launching, use of wash off point, showers and toilets:

  • Monohull up to 3..49m LOA incl tenders (excluding Jet Ski/PWC)
  • Monohull 3.5m & up to 4.49m LOA
  • Monohull 4.5m & up to 5.49m LOA
  • Monohull 5.5m & up to 6.49m LOA
  • Monohull 6.5m & up to 7.49m LOA
  • Monohull 7.5m & up to 8.49m LOA
  • Monohull 8.5m & up to 9.49m LOA
  • Monohull 9.5m & up to 10.49m LOA
  • Cats over 2.5m beam
    Mono rates plus 25%
  • Cats over 4.6m beam
    Mono rates plus 50%
  • Cats over 6m beam
    Mono rates plus 75%
  • Calshot Cats member’s boat in Cats boat park, max 2.5m beam, 6.4m LOA
    Flat rate of £288

Commercial vessels plus 20% surcharge

Basic Centre Membership (£51) is payable in addition to the above. Boats whose trailers extend more than 1m ahead of bow charged as longer craft. LOA = Length overall i.e. bow roller to aft-most part of boat (including engine)

Renewals received after 1 March may not be accepted, due to pressure from the waiting list. Any late payment will incur £30 per month late payment fee. Charges for boat parking starting or ending part way through the year will be:

  • 1 April – 30 June - full fee payable
    1 April – 30 June-50% refund
  • 1 July - 31 August - 85% annual fee
    1 July – 30 September-25% refund
  • 1 September – 31 October - 65% annual fee
    1 October – 31 March-no refund
  • 1 November - 31 December - 45% annual fee
  • 1 January – 31 March - 25% annual fee

There is no pro rata rate refund of Centre Membership.

  • Short term storage maximum 4 weeks (including launching), £4.80 /metre (length to nearest 0.1m) per week or part week. Over 4 weeks will be charged at annual rate.

  • Boat Park Lockers available at annual rate of £138 - limited.

Wind/Kitesurf or SUP /Kayak Storage

  • £70 Per Annum Per Rack (maximum of 2 Boards), available only to board/kayak Annual Launch members. Access via a key pad. Late payment fee £10 (renewal received after 1 March).

  1. Launching is not permitted overnight i.e. between 2300 and 0700 as associated vehicle movements may cause disturbance to residential customers, in particular young children.
  2. All Kitesurfers must pass a brief competence assessment on site (details from Solent Sailboards) and be Centre kitesurfing members.
  3. No obstruction or hindrance is to be caused to any shipping using the main channel adjacent to the Centre. Failure to comply is likely to result in prosecution by the Southampton Harbour Master and/or exclusion from site.
  4. The sailing area west of the Sopwith Hangar is reserved for our teaching purposes, so must not be entered. When students under instruction are encountered elsewhere, please give way to them.
  5. Power craft are to observe a speed limit of 4 knots within 100 metres of the slipways, jetty and shoreline.
  6. Slipways and slipway access are to be kept clear for use, by parking cars in the main car park and by rigging up boats away from the slip. The RNLI lane on the main slip must always be clear.
  7. All instructions given by the Duty Manager, Security or Gatekeeper are to be followed.
  8. To enable us to contact owners promptly in case of damage or theft, Members boats stored at the Centre must have the Calshot boat sticker displayed on the stern on the port side or on the mast. In addition, boat name or membership number must be on the trailer. Windsurf board store stickers must be affixed to the rack. We reserve the right to move craft or boards at owners risk, if improperly parked or unidentifiable.
  9. Craft must be adequately restrained against the high winds which are a feature of the site. Holding down points or heavy blocks may be installed provided they are clearly marked i.e. do not cause trip hazards.
  10. If at any time fees payable to the Centre by any Member or former member are more than 2 weeks in arrears, or the former member has abandoned his/her property, or unidentifiable boats, trailers, boards are found:-
    • The Director shall be entitled, upon giving one month’s notice in writing to the member or former member at his last known address, or posting notices upon the item for 2 months, to sell the property and deduct any monies due to the Centre from the net proceeds of the sale.
    • The Director shall be entitled to move the boat/windsurfer or trailer to any part of the premises without being liable for any loss or damage to it however caused.
    • The Centre, shall, at all times, have a lien over members’ or former members’ or other persons’ boats, trailers or windsurfers stored on the Centre’s premises, in respect of the monies due to the Centre.
  11. Launch vehicles kept on site must have 3rd party liability insurance for at least £0.5million, powered boats other than tenders should have at least £2m cover.
  12. The main (North) slipway (by the Jetty), can be very busy, the RNLI have priority. Beware launching one hour either side of extreme low water springs when there may be insufficient water. Trailers are to be returned to your boat park space or the public trailer park. Small cats should be launched from the East slip which is unsuitable for vehicles and is mostly used by the Calshot Cats Club. Shallow draft boats will find the West slip into the creek, by the pontoons, a more sheltered option but it is only usable HW –1½ to +3½.
  13. Boats and PW craft are not to be left unattended when on the slipways or tied up by the jetty stairs, these are needed for Centre and RNLI use. The moorings west of the main slipway are private, light duty however boat park/launch Members may use the CAC orange buoy closest north of the slipway, at their own risk. The seasonal buoy at the foot of the slip is for hauling off. Boats can be left for up to 15 minutes on the creek pontoons.
  14. Craft and trailers must be stored in a safe manner and spaces kept clean and tidy. Storage of road trailers which occupy a space additional to that allocated to the boat is not permitted, due to shortage of space.
  15. Failure to pay boat park/storage renewal fees by the due date of 1st March will result in cancellation of the allocated space, which will be offered to persons on the waiting list. Boats/trailers/boards occupying spaces for which payment has been either not been made or not accepted, will be treated as abandoned, see our Marine Rule 12 overleaf.
  16. Electricity is available via RCD protected outlets at the centre, eastern and western ends of the low wooden fence at the rear of the quay and also by the Schneider Hangar entrance. Persons using these supplies must ensure that any appliances and leads connected are safe to use. If power is lost, either a new token (available from Visitor Centre for £1.00), needs to be inserted in the meter, or the RCD switch in the local or main supply boxes needs to be reset, once the defective appliance has been disconnected.
  17. Waste oil not to be left on site. Non hazardous waste must be placed in the enclosed skip by the Dining Room, or in the amenity skips in the NFDC car park at the landward end of the Spit. Hazardous waste must be removed from site.
  18. Due to Child Protection and Planning issues, the use of boats as living accommodation ashore is not permitted. Exceptions to this are only allowed by prior written request to and agreement of the Director

Marine advice

  1. All water users should be able to swim 50 metres and should wear life jackets or buoyancy aids when afloat in small craft, including windsurfers/kitesurfers.
  2. All boats, including wind/kite surfers, should comply with MCA Codes of Practice for operation and safety equipment and operate within the areas specified by the Centre, see map page 8.
  3. Information on current and recent wind speeds and direction is available on the internet at or, Tide tables can be purchased in Reception.
  4. We do not provide highly secure storage for members boats, however there are certain measures in place. Police advise that in the interests of security, trailers should be secured with high quality wheel clamps and ball hitch locks, covered with taped up plastic bags. Police also recommend that owners of adjacent boats exchange phone numbers, to advise each other of suspicious behaviour or when the boat is taken off site. Attractive easily removed items such as fishing gear, radios or outboards should be taken away or heavily secured. All thefts are to be reported immediately to Hythe Police 0845 0454545 and to the Duty Receptionist or Duty Manager. We have nine 24 hour, 28 day surveillance cameras in operation, prompt reporting enables the recording to be copied for Police use. There is also night security on duty throughout the year and the site gate is locked overnight.

Site rules applicable to all users

  1. Centre Membership is open to all. It covers the person signing the application form, plus his/her family (i.e. partner and their children under 18 years) and runs for 12 months from 1 April. All renewals must be made by 1 March.

  2. The Centre’s indoor facilities are available between 9am and 10pm Monday to Friday and up to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and May/August Public Holidays. The main gate is locked each night 11.30pm – 6am. The Centre closes for up to 10 days over Christmas and New Year, these and other closures will be publicised at least one month in advance.

  3. Centre facilities are available at members’ and/or daily users’ own risk and in the event of damage to property or injury to persons, Hampshire County Council accepts no liability. All sailing dinghies, catamarans, trimarans, wind or kite boards, caravans and any other property brought onto site by members and/or daily users must be insured against public liability claims to at least £½ million, all powered craft (other than tenders) and all vehicles insured to at least £2 million.

  4. To provide child protection reassurance to residential users, a number of Members will be chosen at random each year and required to undergo a CRB check, at no charge to them.

  5. On safety grounds bathing is forbidden from the beaches between the small spit west of the Sopwith Hangar and the Spinnakers Bar (mid Sunderland Hangar), as there are strong currents and numerous boats and canoes in this area.

  6. Members and daily users must observe site speed limits and display current permits or tickets on cars, caravans, boats, board racks and tents. Membership cards must be available to show to the Duty Manager, Security Guard or Calshot Association Site Wardens, on request.

  7. For customer and child protection reasons the following areas are closed to members and the public Houston/Lawrence/Keymer/Mitchell(residential) Houses, Sopwith & Schneider Hangars, Initiative Course and Canoe Pool. Children on site must be accompanied by responsible adults at all times. Particular dangers on site include the Quay, Castle Moat, Jetty and the creek mud.

  8. A dress code applies in all buildings, minimum of vest top and shorts please. Changing outdoors is forbidden unless done with due modesty and consideration for child protection.

  9. Members and daily users are requested to keep the Spit clean and tidy by using rubbish bins provided.

  10. Dogs are only permitted on a short lead and on a ‘poop & scoop’ basis. The litter bins and skips can be used for disposal of bagged dog dirt.

  11. Those wishing to use the Centre for angling, caravanning or camping, boat parking/storage, windsurfer or kayak storage, or kite surfing must pay the relevant Centre Membership fees and comply with the relevant site club rules, in addition to these CAC Site Rules and if applicable the Marine Rules.

  12. Members are required to behave in a responsible manner to achieve harmonious enjoyment of the site’s facilities by all users. Noise should be kept to a minimum particularly in the vicinity of accommodation buildings during evening hours. The Director or his nominated officer may suspend or terminate membership of those failing to comply with reasonable requests by members of CAC staff to do this. If in the Director or nominated officer’s opinion the behaviour would constitute gross misconduct, suspension will be immediate and the person must leave the site. There will be an initial right of appeal to the line manager and final right of appeal to a specially convened panel of 3 persons independent of the local authority, Calshot Association and Centre users.


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