Pinkston Watersports

The client

The centre and course is being constructed for Scottish Canals and being operated by Pinkston Paddlesports group.

What we did

Design of the centre, buildings and whitewater course. Supply and commissioning of the whitewater channel and RapidBlocs obstacle system.

  • construction and development through Rapid Water Courses
  • flow analysis
  • competition course
  • recreational park
  • obstacles
  • block setup


A top quality leisure centre and venue for rescue service training and Olympic sport of canoe slalom. This channel redefines how whitewater channels will be designed and constructed.

Richard Millar, Waterway Dev. Manager, Scottish Canals

“Happy to highlight the great working relationship with Rapid Water Courses and the fast, efficient and quality construction of the course has been a marvel to watch”

— Richard Millar, Waterway Dev. Manager, Scottish Canals


Efficient pumps feed water 1.5m to a head pool. An adjustable gate controls flows to either of the two channels. The outer channel has 100m of rapids suitable for beginners and competitors. The side entry gate allows access for items to enhance Swift Water Rescue Training. Around the outer loop complete beginners can paddle in a safe environment. The control gate can be quickly reconfigured to direct the water down a shorter, steeper channel, where a hydraulic feature can be fine-tuned to appeal to experts and for advanced rescue training.



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