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Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre

London, United Kingdom
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About Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre
Located in the heart of London’s Docklands at the west end of Millwall outer dock, the Centre is based in an award winning purpose built facility with great views from the upstairs bar over the dock, and wet facilities downstairs. We are a Royal Yachting Association recognised training centre, and deliver courses in Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboating under the RYA scheme. We also offer British Canoe Union courses in paddlesports. Our function rooms are available for private and corporate hire throughout the week and land based events can also be tied in with our water based activities, such as dragon boating, sailing or kayaking/canoeing to create a great day out for you.
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Anna T wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
My 8 year old, along with her friends, attended the taster day in May. For £10 the children could try out the 4x Water sports. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the day was FANTASTIC. The staff were patient with the children, very knowledgable and I felt completely at ease when they took the children off across the water. The children were taught the basics and then the instructors played some fun games whilst still on the water. I wasn’t sure how long the session might be as it was a drop-in but the kids ended up staying out all day. Elated but exhausted by the end of it! They loved it so much, we’ve booked them all into the Summer Holiday activity week. Another accessible, inclusive programme of water sport which giving living in London, is an amazing provision.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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KingsmanRob wrote a review Jun 2018
London, United Kingdom29 contributions34 helpful votes
Thursday the 21st of June, went down for the 'Open Session'. Travelled from South London, made an effort to get out of work early. Only to get there after a 50 minute journey they've given the whole center to a group of 150 dragon boaters who apparently came down "last minute". Seriously? 150 people with branded kit, with organisers, catering, music, marshall etc all just happened to descend "last minute"? Totally inconsiderate of the center to advertise their open session on their calendar and then not offer it.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Simon C, Chief Instructor at Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre
Responded 13 Jul 2018
Hi KingsmanRob, First of all I would like to apologise for the inconvenience that we caused you. On Thursday 21st June we were holding an exclusive corporate dragon boating event. As a charity we rely on events such as these to sustain the Centre and try to keep our prices to a minimum. When an exclusive event is taking place, we make a note on our public calendar to say the the Centre will be closed. This usually only happens once or twice a year. On this occasion there was an admin error, and it was not marked on our calendar, it was fully our fault and again apologise that you traveled a long distance to get to us. I'm not sure who informed you that it was a last minute thing, as they book with us annually, so it would not have been a member of our staff. Again, it was not a deliberate mistake on our side, but we apologise again. If you would like to take us up on an offer of attending a free Open Session, then please let me know.
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Mark D wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom35 contributions16 helpful votes
Brilliant venue for children's birthday party. Plenty of space for the children to run about. We also organized for a bouncy castle and soft play area. Plenty of chairs and tables available. Lots of opportunity to decorate. Bar was available for parents to take advantage of. Very friendly and helpful bar man -- thank you! Warm on a cold day. Parking readily available.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Craig W wrote a review Sep 2017
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I just finished my RYA level 2 course here and had a great time. Loads of time on the water and instructors really knew their stuff. Facilities were great and location really convenient. Thanks to Dan, Iona and Jill for your patience!!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Tiz R wrote a review Aug 2017
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An absolutely amazing experience!! The Events Co-ordinator was able to cater for our every need, from the decor to menu choices from the BBQ, everyting was designed to our taste and delivered with perfection. All staff were friendly, professional and attentive. We hired the Marquee which made the venue look absolutely stunning, all of our guests commented on how pretty the venue looked. I cannot recommend the Sailing Centre enough! If you want a London Wedding at an affordable price, you will not be let down choosing this as your venue. We loved every minute and will definitely use the venue again!
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Date of experience: July 2017
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