Weymouth Harbour works closely with marine orgnisations such as:
- RNLI Beach Rescue
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
- Dorset Marine Police
- National Coastwatch Institution
Weymouth is renowned for its safe bathing waters and every endeavor is made to accommodate all of the various watersport activities in a safe harmonious way.
For your safety and the safety of all users of Weymouth Bay, please read the information held within this section regarding going afloat, permit schemes and zoned areas in the bay.
Whatever your activity please prepare for it, carry all the right equipment necessary and be aware of the weather, local tides (tide tables below), currents and danger areas.
Weymouth Bay Zoning Buoys
For the safety of all users of Weymouth Bay, please familiarise yourself with the chartlet and with the safety instructions detailed below.
- All power driven vessels should keep seaward of the white buoys across Weymouth Bay.
- The anchoring of any vessel is not permitted within the white buoys except within the established anchoring area at Overcombe (far NE end of Weymouth beach) which is marked by blue buoys, shown on the map. Propellers and anchors could seriously injure bathers, therefore, common sense and good seamanship dictate that navigation and mooring in bathing areas should always be avoided.
- The water-ski channel marked by red and white buoys is only for water-ski craft to gain access to the beach. Once passengers and water skiers have been collected from the beach all water-ski activities should take place to seaward of the white buoys.
- Harbour byelaws require water-ski boats to have at least two people in the boat whilst engaged in skiing, thus allowing one person to act as look out astern.
- The PWC channel (marked by red buoys) must only be used to gain access to the beach. After launching all PWC activities should take place to seaward of the white buoys.
Please refer to Notice to Mariners 09/13 Weymouth Bay Water Activities for more information.
RNLI Advice Onboard
The RNLI offers a free, friendly and confidential service that looks at the safety aspects of your boat. Conducted by a highly trained volunteer, Advice Onboard is a personal, face-to-face safety advice service that takes place onboard your craft. Visits are tailored to your vessel and the type of boating you do. For more information or to book a session call +44 (0) 845 045 6999 or visit the Advice Onboard section of their website.
Lifebelts are positioned at various locations around the harbour; please contact the harbour office if you see any housing units that are damaged or missing a lifebelt.
Reporting Damage or Incidents
Incidents involving damage or injury in the harbour should be reported to the Harbour Office as soon as possible. You may be asked to complete a Marine Accident Investigation Branch Form. Accident Report Forms are also available at the Harbour Office.