Pinkston paddlesports

Kids Parties at Pinkston

Looking for something a bit different for your child's next birthday party?

We offer a 1 hour fully supervised session on the water, followed by 1 hour use of one of our classrooms for you to use as you wish for food/games etc. On the water you have a choice between kayaking or raft building.

Best suited to children age 8 and upwards

Parties are priced from £15 per person, with a minimum of 6 participants.

contact or 01413325636 for more details

Community Activities

By working with existing community clubs and leaders, local young people have the opportunity to get involved at Pinkston and learn new skills.

We aim to make paddlesports affordable to community groups and have a reduced pricing structure for sessions delivered to schools and constituted community groups.  We can design courses and sessions around the aims and objectives of your group, and can do anything from a one off taster session to a 12 week SCQF level 5 course for older school groups, with paddlepower courses in between.  We can also offer opportunities to train workers up to bring groups to Pinkston which can further bring down the financial barriers to accessing paddlesports.

We work in partnership with other organizations and aim to attract grant funding to enable us to offer low and no cost opportunities to young people from North Glasgow.

Contact us for more information -

Swimming & Triathlon

Whether you want to try open water swimming for the first time, improve your technique or train for an event, come along to Pinkston and join other like-minded people on the water.

Open water swimming has grown massively in popularity recently with events and clubs popping up all over the country.

Pro Endurance run 2 sessions each week at Pinkston, all run by fully qualified open water coaches with appropriate safety cover in place. Suitable for beginners to advanced swimmers. See our diary for dates and for more info, events and bookings.

Glasgow Triathlon Club run sessions on a Friday evenings and are always looking for new members.

Rafting & River Boarding

Exhilarating whitewater activities in a raft, bodyboard or inflatable canoe

Ideal for Stag and Hen Parties and Corporate Groups.


Exhilarating taster of the Pinkston whitewater course in an inflatable kayak!

Whitewater Rafting

Great for adult groups. Descend the rapids in a 6 person inflatable raft!

River Boarding

Get a taste of the whitewater on a boogie board; thrills and spills guaranteed!

See or email for more details.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Welcome to the most popular water sport in the UK!

There are lots of ways to get involved in paddlesports at Pinkston, whether you are a total novice or seasoned river runner.  See below for details of lessons and coaching, clubs and Park & Play. Know what you want to do?

Pinkston is an ideal place to develop your skills, whether it's on the sheltered flat water or the whitewater course. Tuition in both canoeing and kayaking is available.

Kayak Lessons

Introductory Kayak lessons and courses at Pinkston are the ideal way to get started on your paddlesports journey - or just to find out if it's something you'd like to try more of.

Introductory/Beginners Kayak Sessions - run every week on a Saturday throughout the warmer months and can be booked via eventbrite/facebook.  Alternatively if you have a group of 4 or more contact us and we will arrange a time to suit you.  These 2 hour sessions are priced at £25 per person - contact or 01413325636 to get booked on.

Progression courses run over 4 weeks and are aimed at taking you to a level of competency where you might start think about moving onto moving water.  Please 

contact or 01413325636 for information on when the next course will start.  These courses cost £100 per person for the 4 weeks.


Joining a club is a great way to meet fellow enthusiasts and participate on a regular basis.  Pinkston is home to four resident clubs.  All clubs offer excellent opportunities to develop in the sport with friendly coaching and all equipment available to borrow.

Glasgow Kayak Club

We are a club of Kayakers from around the Glasgow area, who range in experience from ‘first time in a boat’ to accomplished sea paddlers and river runners. We have a thriving youth flat water racing group and a canoe polo section.

Season Pinkston Session Contact Area Interests
All Year Round

Tuesday Evening (Fortnightly) 
Andy on 07866606025

  • Coaching
  • Organised Trips
  • Pool sessions

Monklands Canoe Club

Monklands Canoe Club consists of members mostly from the Lanarkshire area, although we are lucky enough to have members from as far west as Paisley, Carluke and Galashields. Our principal activity is paddling rivers in kayaks and open canoes. We organise river trips usually a few times a month. We make sure that our trips cater for all members in the club, including those who are beginners, experts and those with families.

Season Pinkston Session Contact Area Interests
All Year Round Tuesday Evening (Fortnightly)

Wednesday Evening (Weekly)
  • Coaching
  • Organised Trips
  • Pool sessions

Pinkston Panthers Canoe Club

The primary interest of the club is the discipline of Canoe Slalom. Canoe Slalom is an Olympic Sport and one which Scotland has excelled in, taking Gold and Silver in the London Olympic Games in 2012. You could be next!

Season Pinkston Session Contact Area Interests
All Year Round
Wednesday Evening (Weekly)

  • Coaching
  • Canoe Slalom

Park & Play

Park & Play at Pinkston Watersports is a great chance to get on the water, improve your skills and enjoy Scotland's first whitewater centre!

Park & Play runs on both the artificial whitewater course and the flat water and is designed for paddlers who use their own equipment.

Find out more on the Park & Play page

Park & Play

Park & Play at Pinkston Watersports is a great chance to get on the water, improve your skills and enjoy Scotland’s first whitewater centre!

Please note that for 2017 we are introducing a membership scheme for Park & Play, a once a year Payment of £5 and filling out of a membership form will get you a card that you can hand in as you pay for your P&P and collect a bib and get on the water - so no more paperwork every time you come for a play. This scheme will be mandatory for folks wanting to take part in Park & Play sessions. Please contact the centre if you have any question. Keep a eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Park & Play runs on both the artificial whitewater course and the flat water and is designed for paddlers who use their own equipment. Whether you are just getting to grips with the basics or trying to perfect your loop, Pinkston is the perfect place to get on the water and meet fellow enthusiasts. Trained Pinkston staff will be on hand to ensure overall safety but no formal coaching is provided.

Park & Play runs:

Monday evenings March - October, 6pm - 8.30pm

6-7pm - run on 2 pumps

7-8.30pm - run on 3 pumps

Updates on Social Media  


Payment is to be made on the day.

P & P Membership(once per Year) - £5

1 hour £7.50

2 + hours £11.50

2 + Hours(Student) £9.00

Flat water £4.50

Opening times

Open 7 days subject to bookings

As we operate with a small staff team we can't always answer the phone - while we do our best to respond as quickly as possible to all contact email/web/social media is usually the best way to track us down!

Pinkston paddlesports

75 North Canal Bank St,
G4 9XP

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