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It’s good to be back!

a person riding on the back of a boat in a body of water

It was the first weekend back after lockdown with a tentative step towards getting the people of Glasgow back out on and in the water.

And what a great weekend it was – the lockdown sunshine continuing has allowing many people to enjoy a little local Glasgow water based social distancing.  Over the weekend and spread out over a good number of hours we saw 75 people take to the water, not that you would ever have known it.

“thank you so much for your great work today allowing us to swim in a safe, socially distanced environment. I was so happy to be back in the water, and I felt really safe at your facility. Lovely way to start the day” – Kirsty

“Thank you for your care and attention to get the venue up and running so quickly and safely! Was great to be swimming again” – Mhorag

“So good to be back in the water! So well organised, I’d hardly have know anyone else was there!” – Emma 

Strict social distancing measures are in place with access times staggered to prevent multiple people arriving at the same time.  A maximum of 10 people are permitted on the water at any one time.  Pontoons, outside benches, and any point likely to be touched (including supports for the canopy) are being disinfected regularly throughout the day.  Hand sanitiser stations are available at various points onsite – thank you to the Andy Jackson fund for funding these.  No indoor areas are open, including changing and toilets.  While we appreciate that the lack of toilets and changing may present a problem for some it is important that we remain within the guidelines.  More importantly we want to ensure that we all remain safe and well.

During phase 1 timeslots for accessing the water are only open to those travelling less than 5 miles and who have their own equipment.  We also request that you please limit the number of people who are accompanying those getting on or in the water.

We are also open to water bookings from operators who are able to work within the Phase 1 guidelines – this may include one to one coaching.  Please email if you would like to book.  Normal booking processes have been disabled due to the greater need to control numbers onsite, but Pinkston is very much open for business.

Further to this we are open to bookings for activities going into phase 2 and 3.  Bookings will be subject to Covid-19 restrictions at the time the activity goes ahead – if the need to cancel should arise as a result of this then we will of course refund any monies paid.

For clubs and other groups looking to get back to your regular booking times, we will make contact to confirm plans when guidance indicates that normal club activities can resume.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you back before too long – hopefully phase 2 will see this start to happen!  If we can offer any support with site specific risk assessments then please get in touch with Hannah.

Review of risk assessments and procedures is taking place on a day to day basis so please get in touch directly for up to date information if you have any questions.

See you on the water soon!


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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.