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“Leamington by river” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Leam Boat Centre

Leam Boat Centre
Mill Gardens, Mill Road, Leamington Spa CV31 1BE, England
+44 1926 889928
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Owner description: The Leam Boat Centre is based in beautiful Jephson Gardens along the river in Leamington Town Centre. The park's old Victorian boathouse was renovated thirteen years ago as part of the Millennium Project and it is now a thriving centre of activity. It's a lovely place to come for a day out as a family; row boats, motor boats and pedalos can be hired as and when you arrive and floating along the river for a carefree, sunlit hour is a wonderful experience. For more adventurous visitors, canoes and kayaks are also available for hire. The Leam Boat Centre also gives lessons in canoeing and kayaking and can cater to all levels of experience, from taster sessions for beginners through to training courses for instructors. Paddle Power kayak courses are held throughout the holidays for children to get their first taste of the sport. It might turn into a lifelong passion!
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“Leamington by river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We hired a pedalo for half an hour, for a family of 2 adults and 2 x 7 yr old kids. The staff were friendly, the activity reasonably priced and the river Leam is beautiful to tootle along. You can even hire VW Beetle style pedalos, as well as lots of other water-based activities, like motorboats, canoes, row boats, etc. A fun day in the sun was had by all!

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“One Star Canoe Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I had a fantastic day on the above course and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting canoeing. It surprised me just how much there is to the sport and how technical it can be, the course was worth while and really good fun.
Very professional friendly staff, and will be back for the two star course!
Shane

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“Great experience but needs more staff ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I chose to take my girlfriend for a rowing boat cruise up the River to propose to her - to reenact our first date - it was a hot Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately when we arrived there was a long queue which took almost half an hour to get to the desk. We were then told that we could only go out for a maximum of 30 mins. This was hardly long enough for the plan, but decided to go anyway. We had just enough time to row out to the spot where I wanted to propose before having to come back in. It was great fun again, only partially tarnished by the long wait, limited time and overly rushed staff who were trying to cope with an unusually hot and busy day

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Leam Boat C, Manager at Leam Boat Centre, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your time with us. Apologies we were struggling for staff on the day - we felt it ourselves having been caught out by an exceptionally good day - one much better than the weather forecast had suggested it would be! We do hope that it hasn't put you off visiting and you can always call to check availability before heading down on 01926 88 99 28.
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“Professional and friendly centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I've been paddling via the Leam boat centre for about a year - not often but a variety of 1 star, sea kayaking trip, weir lesson and independent paddling with friends. Staff are friendly, helpful, really knowledgeable and encouraging. As I'm a newbie to the sport and not very confident in my abilities. I know that I'd have been put off if the support had been any less than first rate. I'm off to try a river trip on Saturday with very low grade rapids and looking forward to it. Would recommend to all who want to have a go.

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“Extremely helpful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have been using the Leam Boat Centre regularly for both hire and training for a couple of years now, after undertaking their Kayak Taster Session and getting hooked on paddling. We went on to undertake the 1 star training and assessment, the kayak Improvers course, the introduction to canoe, trips on the River Wye and a sea kayaking weekend. We have never encountered anything but polite, efficient and helpful service. We have felt safe and well supported by every member of staff who has coached us and / or helped us with hiring boats. I have recommended them to friends and colleagues who have also had very good experiences of paddling with them.
I have used the shop for buying various pieces of kit and clothing and have found staff helpful and knowledgeable about the products they stock.

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