The Watersports Centre of Excellence is an exciting new project designed to raise the profile of watersports events, activities and operators in the Swansea Bay area.
The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund and developed by the City and County of Swansea and Bridgend County Borough Council, with the aim to make Swansea Bay the first choice destination for beach and water based activities in the UK.
Branded Swansea Bay for Watersports, the project includes four new capital developments.
Starting in the West, Knab Rock in Mumbles is to benefit from a purpose-built facility including public toilets, shower and changing facilities, storage, office space and a tourism information distribution point.
In the heart of Swansea Bay, the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre has been launched on the foreshore. Opposite St Helens, the new centre offers opportunities for adrenaline sports, accommodating for all ages and abilities.
A pontoon has been established in Swansea Marina to provide a much needed access point for visiting craft and non-motorised users of the River Tawe. By the river’s barrage, it enables users to either access businesses in the marina or take a short five-minute walk into the City Centre.
Olga, the historic 1911 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, has also been refitted as part of the scheme. The boat provides opportunities for various groups to experience life on board, enabling a real sense of Swansea maritime history to be conveyed to visitors.