Boat Hire Centre

Equipment Hire is available from the Watersports and Information Centre, on the waterfront next to the gym. No booking needed, just turn up to hire equipment. 

Boat hire is a great way to get out onto the lake, with a range of equipment available for those who have little or no previous experience on the water. Our friendly Swan and Dragon pedalos are great for the family, and boats like our single kayaks give the freedom for people to explore on their own, often with parents watching with feet firmly on the land!

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Equipment Available to Hire

Family Pedalo

For up to 4 people, 2 people pedal from the back seats.,

Great if you'd like to be able to keep an eye n the kids in front of you!


New to Willen Lake - Turbo Paddlers 

Turbo Paddlers offers a new and exciting way for kids to enjoy water fun. The Turbo Paddler is a high-quality paddleboat designed for children 3 years old and up.

There is a separate and safe area set up for the Turbo Paddlers down by the Watersports Centre, where children ride alone whilst parents can watch from the bank. There will be watersports staff supervising the sessions for safety. Max child weight is 32kg.

To hire one Turbo Paddler it costs £3 for 15 minutes and £5 for 30 minutes. 

Swan & Dragon Pedalos

For up to 4 people, the Swans and Dragons are very eye-catching on the lake and a great fit with the kids. 2 people pedal from the front.

These animals don't bite!


A Katakanu is a purpose built catamaran-canoe. These take up to 6 people with a maximum 4 adults. These are paddled by the team with a single-bladed canoe paddle, and are great for groups who don't all quite fit into a Pedalo together.

Kayak (Single)

Our Sit-On-Top kayaks are a great way to get onto the water on your own. They're simple, stable, and very safe with no cockpit.

Closed cockpit kayaks with spray-decks can be hired by people holding the BCU One Star award, subject to their availability.

Kayak (Double)

The double kayaks available are also Sit-On-Tops, and as the name suggests accommodate two people.

Open Canoe

Up to 3 people paddle a Canadian canoe with a single bladed paddle. A relatively stable boat ideal for an adult to take out a child.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

Suitable for one person, a great test of balance and coordination, and good exercise for the whole body.

The activity is quite weather dependant - the boards are easily affected by even relatively light winds.

This can be a wet activity. You may wish to bring a change of clothes, or borrow a wetsuit if available.

Laser Pico

Suitable for 1 adult, or 1-2 children, these boats are great for learning and enjoyment.

RYA Level 2 required.

Laser Bahia

Great for a sail around the lake with 2-4 people.

RYA Level 3/Stage 4 required.

Windsurf Kit

Hire a board and a sail to get out onto the lake on your own.

RYA Start Windsurfing certificate required.


Boat Hire Opening Times

Boat hire is available from the first weekend of the Easter holidays to the last day of October.

Boats need to be in before the water closes - therefore the last boat hire for a half hour or hour period is 30 minutes and 60 minutes respectively before the closing times shown below.

In certain circumstances, such as windy weather, some hire equipment will be restricted or unavailable for safety reasons.

Period Days Open Mon-Fri Off Water Time Sat - Sun Off Water Time

Easter Holidays

(1st April - 17th April)

7 days 11:00 - 16:00 15:30 11:00 - 16:00 15:30
April 18th - 30th Weekend only Closed   11:00 - 18:00 17:30
May 7 Days 11:00 - 18:00 17:30 11:00 - 18:00 17:30
June 7 Days 11:00 - 18:00 17:30 11:00 - 18:00 17:30
July 1 - 21 7 Days 10:30 - 19:00 18:30 10:30 - 19:00 18:30
Summer Holidays 22 July - 3 September 7 Days 10:30 - 19:00 18:30 10:30 - 19:00 18:30
September 7 Days 11:00 - 18:00 17:30 11:00 - 18:00 17:30
October 1st - 23rd Weekend only Closed   11:00 - 16:00 15:30


October Half Term Oct 24 - Oct 30
7 Days 11:00 - 16:00 15:30 11:00 - 16:00 15:30

NB: All  Hire users need to be off the water by the Off-Water time. 

Day launching of own craft is within the Boat Hire opening times under hire safety cover. Supervised groups (courses, schools, parties) may start operations sooner.

Last boat hire for a 30 minute rental is therefore half an hour before the published Off-Water

*These times may be extended

Boat Hire Rates

 Equipment 1/2 Hour  1 Hour  Max people Experience required 
Family Boats
 Blue Pedalo £12 £18 4 None
 Swan/Dragon Pedalo £15 £25 4 None
 Katakanu £15 £25 4ad+2ch None
 Kayak Single £5 £9  1 None
 Kayak Double £9 £15 2 None
 Open Canoe £9 £15 2 None
 SUP £5 £9 1 None

Min 1hr charge.

Total time

charged pro-rata

 £20  2  RYA Level 2/Stage 3
Laser Bahia  £30  4  RYA Level 3/Stage 4
Windsurf Kit  £20  1  RYA Start Windsurfing


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