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Disability Opportunities

Here at the Leam Boat Centre our philosophy is simple: We love being on the water and want to share it with everyone, if you want to go boating then we will do our best to make it happen for you!

We have ensured that we make our on the water activities accessible for all. We offer a variety of crafts and bespoke sessions tailored to any individual’s physical ability or special needs. Joining on courses already scheduled is always an option. Just give us a call if you would like to discuss whether this is right for you.

Our Centre and Staff

We have been running paddlesport courses from Leam Boat Centre since 2001, catering to a large range of clients with varying needs and goals. Our friendly and qualified staff will look after you from the moment you get here and will always strive to give you the best experience possible.

Our Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users. You will have access all the way to the waterside (including vehicle access if required) where our team will assist you and/or your group safely onto the water.

Leam Boat Centre is AALA Certified and we hold the British Canoeing Quality Mark for Paddle Ability.

The Activities

From a one off trip up the beautiful River Leam to a multi session progressive course, we can offer the perfect experiences and/or development for you and your group.

We are open and available to run these on weekends, weekdays and evenings throughout the Summer Season.

The Boats We Can Use

Rafted Canoes


Kayak / Sit On Top

Pedalo/ Row

Previous Testimonials and Awards

We have a number of charities, Schools and Organisations that return to us year after year. In 2016 we were delighted to be nominated for, and receive runner up in the National Sense Collaboration Award for our Contribution towards the Deaf Blind Community. This group included youngsters with a variety of special and complex needs.

Below are a few bits from our nomination and testimonials from the Charities Co-ordinators.

Lucy Howard – Group Coordinator, SENSE:
“The staff at Leam Boat Centre are incredibly flexible and have a real willingness to go above and beyond to make the session accessible for every young person, no matter what their needs are. They certainly don’t see people’s disabilities as a barrier and offer a wide range of boat options which allow for every need to be catered for.”

Pete Bazeley – Group Coordinator, I Leap
ILEAP Charity love coming to Leam Boat Centre.The staff are first class and make sure everyone is included and has a great time!We love this session and our members always ask to go back for more. Thank you Leam Boat Centre, keep up the great work!

Home Education Parent:
From simply showing up and hiring a kayak for a family paddle for an hour or so on a beautiful stretch of river, weekly lessons for my 12 year old daughter and fantastic trips around the country to experience a range of water challenges; the Leam Boat Centre experience is outstanding.

Great staff, a lovely family feel – brilliant with kids with varying needs (e.g. autism) and super helpful.
There is also a fantastic range of boating products available and the knowledge of the staff in helping choose the best products is invaluable.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a great leisure activity. My daughter now kayaks at least once a week – she’s totally hooked!

How to Book

Due to the varied nature of enquiries, the best first step is always to call us for a chat or drop us an email. This way we can find out a bit more about you and recommend what might be the best options available. Our contact details are below.

Tel. 01926 889928

We look forward to hearing from you and hope we can welcome you to our centre soon!