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Phase 1 reopening

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Excited to be taking tentative steps towards reopening

Limited bookings are now available for flatwater park and play for paddlers who have their own kit, and for swimmers also with their own kit. Although unfortunately no changing or toilets will be open due to Phase 1 government guidelines. We are absolutely over the moon to be able to start welcoming people back to Pinkston, but also mindful of the very real public health crisis that Covid-19 presents.  We are limiting numbers and staggering start times to reduce the likelihood of physical proximity.  We will also be disinfecting hard surfaces that people are likely to make contact with (e.g. pontoons, ladders, railings).  All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance, which will eliminate the need for direct contact with staff on arrival.

Please be respectful of the current guidelines that are in place – including the 5 mile local restrictions on travel.  The Scottish Canoe Association have some fantastic guidance on their website , but essentially if you aren’t used to taking part in the sport then this is not the time to start.  This applies to canoeing, kayaking, SUP and outdoor swimming.  Please also see the advice offered by Scottish Swimming and Triathlon Scotland.

For groups looking to make a booking for when restrictions allow please email We are still on a limited staff team but will respond as quickly as we can. All bookings will need to come through the office to enable us to manage the numbers onsite.

Thank you for staying with us on this journey as we make our way through this new situation, and we look forward to seeing you on the water before too long



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Our Start Kayaking sessions are all about getting you on the water and experiencing the joys of kayaking in a safe and fun way. These adult sessions are for anyone over the age of 16 who want to get on the water and learn the basics of kayaking with basic skills and challenges. We use our great sit on top kayaks meaning that we have the best platform for learning skills without the challenges or fears of ‘getting stuck’.

This session includes your British Canoeing Paddle Start Certificate.