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Meet Our Team

Our staff play a hugely important role at the boat centre and we’re proud to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people from the age of 14 upwards!

A lot of our senior members of staff have been with the company for many years and some even started in their mid teens. We get to watch our staff grow and mature with some training in paddlesports and becoming coaches themselves.

Below is our management team, a brief introduction and what they do here at the boat centre.

Sophie Dollar – Centre Manager

After starting as deck crew at age 15, Sophie has worked her way up through the ranks, becoming the centre manager at just 20, a brilliant example that age is no limit to what you can achieve when you truly go for it.

When she isn’t hidden away in the office she’s a fierce paddler! Qualified across multiple disciplines as a leader and a coach, Sophie is at the forefront of  driving forward Leam’s activities and courses. Such a drive from our fearless leader is what resulted in Leam Boat Centre winning the 2022 British Canoeing Quality Delivery Experience Award.

Leading by example, Sophie is responsible for inspiring many of our young deck crew and clients to get into the world of paddlesports, ushering in the new wave of paddlesport coaches, some who are eager and excited, others she drags in kicking and screaming.

 

Jack Halls – Shift Supervisor

Jack joined the company at 18 as deck crew, and has spent his years working at both Warwick Boats and Leam Boat Centre, during which he has gained an insight and knowledge into paddling kit that is second to none in the company.

Nicknamed the Viking – for his rugged looks and tendency to conduct the occasional raid on the fridge – Jack is never more at home than in an open canoe, showing equal grace and power in his paddling ability. 

A very practical member of the team, Jack has taken on the responsibility of (literally) holding the boat centre together as our maintenance and fleet manager, whilst also providing tremendous anecdotes that always require an explanation of the punch line. 

 

Dan  Castle – Shift Supervisor

Having joined our Deck Crew team with little paddling experience and no qualifications, Dan is now working his way through numerous coaching and leadership qualifications, including his Sheltered Water Coach and Whitewater Kayak Leader. Becoming a member of the management team at just 18, we hope that Dan can pass on his enthusiasm and joy for the job to the next generation of instructors and deck crew.

Bringing a youthful energy to the team, you are most likely to find Dan on the water, trying out a new trick in a kayak, or attempting to show off his paddleboarding skills, which he is annoyingly good at given he has been doing it for far less time than the rest of them team.