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Boat hire

Boat hire (Covid Secure)

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Weekends April - Oct | Every Day During School Holidays | 11am-5pm + 7pm on Wednesday Evenings in Summer  Ages 2+  |Under 8's supervision required 


Boat Hire is Open for 2021!

Hire a range of pedalos, paddleboards, canoes, single and double kayaks starting from £8 for half an hour. Check out our FAQ section below for more information. 


With 94 acres of lake there's plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine at a safe distance from others. 


Under 8s must be directly supervised by an adult on the same boat. Under 16s must be supervised by an adult either from the lake or ashore. 


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Sailing Dinghy Hire

If you are Level 1 or equivalent why not hire one of our Topper Topaz Dinghies and enjoy some freedom on the lake this summer. For those Level 2 standard or above you can enjoy something a little more whizzy and take an RS Neo for a spin or take your household out in a larger Argo or Xenon. 


Topper Topaz -  £20 per hour

RS Neo - £25 per hour 

Topper Argo or Xenon £30 per hour


Includes buoyancy aids and helmets (if you wish them). Your hour includes rigging the boat, however you can book for multiple hours at any one time if you would like longer out on the water. 


No pre-booking required for Sailing Dinghy Hire, but we suggest you phone in advance to have a chat with one of our sailing instructors and check boat availability.

Activity Centre Office: 0118 9344 424


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Boat Hire FAQs 


What can I hire?

You can hire pedalos, paddleboards, canoes, single and double kayaks


What are the age restrictions?

The youngest we can allow out on the water for boat hire is 2, this is subject to them fitting into our smallest size of life jacket. Any persons under the age of 8 must have an adult in the boat with them. Any persons taking part under the age of 16 must be under direct supervision from an adult from the shore.


Can I cancel my booking? 

Bookings are non-refundable unless the refund request is made within 14 days of purchasing online or over the phone. 


Can I amend my booking? 

Amendments may be made to the time, date and participants of a booking up to 48 hours prior to the booking date. Amendments will be charged at £10 per booking. 


What happens if the boat is closed for safety reasons? 

Please note that on occasions we may have to clear the water of people for the safety of those in it. There will be no refunds available should this happen but we will do our best to get you back in as soon as possible for the remainder of your session. If we are unable to reopen the water during your session we will look to rearrange your booking for another session.


What happens if it rains? 

We continue come rain or shine. Refunds are not available due to poor weather, however if it is unsafe (high winds, thunder and lightning etc) we will offer you to re-book or a gift voucher for the total. 


What happens if I am late?

If you are late for your session, you will be able to take part in your activity, but your session will finish at the original end time and no extension to the session length will be made, nor a discount or refund given. Please make every effort to sign in for the time of your booking, or a few minutes early to ensure you get the full time in the facility. 


What happens if it rains? 

We continue come rain or shine. Refunds are not available due to poor weather, however if it is unsafe to go afloat (high winds, thunder and lightning etc) we will offer you to re-book or a gift voucher for the total. 


What happens if I am late?

If you are late for boat hire, you will be able to go our, but your session will finish at the original end time and no extension to the session length will be made, nor a discount or refund given. Please make every effort to get to boat hire for the time of your booking, or a few minute early to ensure you get the full time on the lake. 


How long is a boat hire slot?

The Standard boat hire slots are 30 minutes long. You can book pedalo slots back to back during weekdays meaning you can go out for an hour. On weekends you are able to book pedalos, paddleboards and single kayaks in back to back slots. This is booked online.


How do I pay safely?

At this current time we will only be accepting online bookings. Our bookings Website is fully mobile friendly so can easily be booked in the day on your mobile device.


Where should I park?

We would suggest that you park at the Activity Centre Car Park, off of Sandford Lane (RG10 0SU). The main Dinton car park gets extremely busy, and is a 15 minute walk away form the activity centre. Please arrive with ample time before your booking as we cannot guarantee a parking space at the centre during busy periods, 


Do we need to pay for parking?

Yes. Ticket machines are available at each car park. Please ensure that you display your ticket as our car parks are regularly patrolled by enforcement officers. 


If I park at the main Dinton entrance how do I find the activity centre? 

The activity centre can be accessed via the circular path that surrounds Dinton Pastures. Head to the back of the car park where you will find the entrance to the country park. After passing the play area, follow the circular path round to the the right, keeping the lake on your left and you will reach the activity centre. 


Where should I go for my boat hire?

You do not need to enter the activity centre for your boat hire. On the beach you will see a gazebo where you will be met by staff who will get you set up and ready to head out on the water. The staff will ensure that your safety equipment is fitted correctly and that you understand the rules for on the lake. 


How do I fit my buoyancy aid?

Buoyancy aids are highly adjustable and so must be fitted correctly. Simply loosen the shoulder straps and side straps, put on the buoyancy aid as you would a vest or jacket and then tighten the straps to make it secure. Staff will be on hand to give you advice although will not be able to physically help you due to distancing requirements. 


How do I get onto/off of the boat safely without help?

When getting on and off the boat it’s important to think about balance. Never have too many people on one side of the boat. Steady yourself with one hand on the boat in order to climb across, and then move across to the other side to allow the next person to climb in. 


If we fall in, how do we get back into the boat?

If someone is still inside the boat then the best method to recover a man – overboard is to grab the shoulder straps of the persons’ buoyancy aid in the water, using this purchase to pull the person over the side and back into the boat. Ensure you use the lowest part of the boat to the waters level as there is less distance to pull the person back on board. A safety boat will be on hand to provide guidance and will be able to recover the person from the water as a last resort. 


If I hurt myself will there be first aid?

All of the staff running boat hire are first aid trained and will be able to provide supplies and advice. They will only physically Intervene if absolutely necessary. First aid will be provided where necessary taking appropriate protective measures such as using gloves and face masks. 


What if my boat suffers a mechanical issue? 

Boats are routinely maintained to check for damage and fixed where necessary. If you have any problems out on the water then please get the attention of the safety boat driver by waving both arms up and down simultaneously. They will then come to assist you.


Pedalo FAQs


How many people can go in a pedalo?

There can be up to 5 people in a pedalo, children included. 


How many people can operate the pedalo?

There are two pedal seats with a shared steering control between them. The remaining crew can sit on the front deck and enjoy the view. 


Can my child reach the pedals of the pedalo?

The pedal seats are designed for adults. If a child sits on the edge they may be able to reach the pedals, but be careful their feet don’t lose footing and get trapped by the other person pedalling as the sets are connected. 


Do the pedaloes have child seats?

There are no child seats. There is a grab rail on both sides of the front deck area to hold onto. In the event something went wrong, we wouldn’t want anyone strapped into the boat. Everyone going afloat will need to wear a life jacket.