Regular Beginners Trip, Regular Skills Sessions and Intermediate Sea Kayaking Series

We have just added 4 new sets of events which offer lots of chances to go paddling. - Beginners Trips (1st Weekedn of month) - Skills Sessions (3rd Weekend of month) - Intermediate sea kayaking (A series of trips/paddles through the summer - we are taking names for these as places are limited)) - Intro to moving water and currents (Wed evenings at Pinkston in March) Find out more about them on the calendar! ...
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Ross’s Trip report – Pinkston 8th Oct 2014

Another evening session at Pinkston and the first night with a chill in the air. Fortunately there was a good proportion of dry suits or dry cags and again Graham turned up with only one wet suit sock and wetsuit shorts - leading to one quite chilly foot. The "how many pumps" decision was made - three, slightly more powerful than two pumps but deeper water. We had 2 guest paddlers, with the SCA playboating session having been published with the wrong date and time. It did mean we got to see what a short (11") open canoe looks like on Pinkston - pretty impressive in the right hands!   Being Ross McKillop's first paddling visit he was taken under the wing/paddle of Graham (he had seen the course in use before- quite a good idea for any prospective Pinkston paddlers). First run: after a briefing and watching some others he navigation the exit from the top pool and down the first two drops then followed...
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Ten Swims in 110 metres – Pinkston Club Night – Wednesday 4th June

Just back from a Wednesday evening club session at Pinkston in Glasgow. An eventful "trip" for completing just 110 metres of white water. Between the seven paddlers there we had.... ten swims. The water was fairly powerful with two pumps on (6 tons of water a second), and even more powerful (but deeper when upside down) with three pumps on (9 tons of water a second).   We were lucky to have an enthusiastic crowd of supporters ready to point at laugh or offer encouragement at every piece of excitement. We even managed to lose a paddle (for a few minutes during Richard's final swim of the night). All in all a great trip with everyone wearing huge smiles by the end. The Wednesday at Pinkston will be a regular club event through the summer - please watch the calendar for dates and details. We hope to include both the white water session and possibly a "tide race simulator" or canoe...
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