Knightstone slipway and harbour

You need this permit if you are launching a personal powered water craft from Knightstone slipway.

Using the slipway

The slipway gate opens for two hours before high tide.

Advice and regulations are based on local byelaws and the rules and regulations offered by:

  • the Royal Yachting Association as the national authority for power boats and personal watercraft
  • the British Water-ski and Wakeboard Federation as the national authority for water skiing
  • the RNLI and the Coastguard

As a permit user you agree to comply with our directions and regulations at all times. By not adhering to these regulations you are putting your life and other people’s lives at risk.

Requirements for a permit

  • a completed application form
  • £2m public liability insurance – we will hold a copy of your certificate
  • payment for the permit

Launching from the slipway

  • access to the slipway must be maintained at all times as it is the official launch slipway for Weston-super-Mare RNLI
  • vehicles must not park on the slipway, promenade or Marine Lake Plaza
  • personal water craft and sailing vessels may only launch from Knightstone slipway
  • craft must be ready for launch before accessing the slipway
  • checks and maintenance must not be carried out on the slipway or promenade
  • refuelling must not take place on the slipway or promenade
  • trailers must be parked on the promenade (retaining safe access for the land train and the public)
  • there is no slipway access for vehicles not towing
  • your ID sticker must be displayed on your vehicle and trailer

On the water

  • drive safely and be considerate of all water users
  • stay 80m from the shoreline whilst operating
  • stay 50m from the Grand Pier whilst operating
  • keep to the 7 knot speed restriction inshore of the end of the Grand Pier and Knightstone Island

Stay safe at sea

  • wear a lifejacket
  • check tides and weather
  • check engine and fuel
  • carry a VHF radio
  • tell others where you are going and when you plan to return


If you do not abide by the regulations and code of conduct, we will take this action:

  • first occasion – a verbal warning from our officers
  • second occasion – a written warning to you and your club from us
  • third occasion – your permit will be revoked and you will be banned from using this facility