Marine Lake: Customers

Got your own vessel? Perhaps it’s a sailing boat, a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board? Maybe you have a power boat and have joined the ski club?

If so, then you probably want to get on the water, and where better to practise than at Marine Lake.

You'll need a permit if you want to use Marine Lake. If you don't have one, you can complete and return an application form for one of the following:

Day Permit

This is a permit for a vessel to use Marine Lake during a timetabled session, for one day only.

Seasonal Permits

Permit for a vessel to use Marine Lake during a timetabled session.

  • Summer Permit (April to October)
  • Winter Permit (November to January)

Annual Permit (Non-powered only)

Annual permits are available for a non¬powered vessels to use Marine Lake during a timetabled session, for both the summer and winter seasons.


Marine Lake charges

Application form

Application form: Marine Lake permit 2019-2020

Boat testing

If you want to test the seaworthiness of a vessel, without launching it into the sea, then you can book a 30 minute session (15 minutes launch and recovery, 15 minutes water time) for £25, but you must have public liability insurance.

How to book

You can book to use Marine Lake by calling 01824 708400 or emailing


There are rules depending on how you want to use the Lake.

All users will need the following to use Marine Lake:

  • Insurance
  • Lifejackets or buoyancy aids
  • Permit

Water-skiing and Wake-boarding

Power boat owners may use Marine Lake providing that they become a member of Ocean Beach Water Ski Club.

This is to enable a mentored induction to the lake prior so that we know your competent and familiar with how Marine Lake operates.

Once you’ve got proof of membership, a valid public liability insurance certificate is needed and payment made, to get your permit, boat sticker and slipway key.

The use of Personal Water Craft (Jet Skis) is forbidden on Marine Lake.

A copy of the operating procedures for Marine Lake will be issued with your permit, and these must be adhered to at all times.

Non-power Sailing

Canoe, Kyak, Wind Surf and Sail boat owners are welcome to use Marine Lake. As with power vessels, a valid insurance certificate must be produced and payment made before a permit and boat sticker is issued.

There is no skiing or power activity, only sailing / non-powered from October - March. This is through discussion with the Marine Lake Users Forum, as we don’t want to disturb the wildlife that uses the island during these months.