Essex has plenty of opportunities for you to use personal water craft (PWC) but all riders need to ensure they do this responsibly and safely. This page provides advice to those using Essex waters. Please follow the code of conduct and share this information with other riders.
Public launch sites
There are a number of public launch sites around the Essex coast where you can launch safely and legally. Other launches should not be used for both your own and other’s safety. Public launch sites include:
Stone Point, St Osyth
Ness Road, Southend on Sea
Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon
Ferry Road, Hullbridge
To use these launches you must register with the local council or harbour master, who you can contact through the local council. There maybe launch fees.
There are other slipways available throughout the county but to use these you must be a member of the local Personal Water Craft (PWC) club.
Out on the water
When you are out on the water you are required to comply with international regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea and any local byelaws, which may restrict PWC use. You must always observe local water safety regulations but, as a general rule, must not exceed a speed of 8 knots/10mph when your craft is within 200m of the shoreline, unless otherwise stated.
There are a number of locations along the Essex coast where PWC use is restricted, for the safety of both you and other water users. The river Thames has restrictions on launch and use of PWC's, please refer to the Port of London PWC user guide for further information. PWC's are prohibited from the River Stour and Harwich Haven have restrictions on their use, please refer to Harwich Haven user guide.
Where restrictions exist please consult with the relevant authority.
Stay safe, ride responsibly
Observe these basic rules to make sure you stay safe on the water and do not endanger others: