Our base in the city centre is located at the Pinkston Basin Water Sports Centre. The paddlesports centre has Scotland's only artificial whitewater course and is a unique urban watersports facility. We offer various courses which inlcude paddlepsorts in kayaks and canoe’s as well as a multi activity course based around the John Muir Award.

Multi Activity Courses

Single Day Multi Activity Courses include the options of paddlesports, team building activites and envoronmental field studies. The day will be spilt into two activities with a maximum of 32 participants able to take part on a single day. Times can be tailored to suit but we roughly try and meet the groups onsite at 0930 and depart at 1430.

The instructors at the facility are Blairvadach staff and will work with a maximum of 1:8 participants on the water. 

John Muir Award

A progressive 4 day Outdoor Learning experience set in our wild urban environment.

Working through the 4 Challenges of the John Muir Award Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share, this programme delivers a nationally recognised certificate within a holistic personal and social development experience. Activities included in the programme are canoeing, kayaking, bushcraft, team challenges and a conservation project. Pupils who attend and engage with the course will earn a John Muir Discover Award as well a Paddle Start Award.

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Applications for places at the centre from August 2022 to July 2023 can be made through this link: 2022/2023 Blairvadach Outdoor Education Residential Glasgow Schools Application Form


  All rates are per person
Price Standard Rate Glasgow Schools Rate April 2022 - June 2023
Multi Activity Day per person £46 £46
4 Day John Muir Award programme per person £93 £93

NB. Payment for the course will be collected through your school budget codes which are required to complete the booking process. Your AFA will be able to tell you these codes.

Equipment you need...

* We've made a video on what equipment to bring - check it out here *

...for Paddlesports

All participants must bring with them:

  1. Shorts, T shirt or Swim wear for under a wetsuit
  2. Trainers or Canvas Shoes for use in the water
  3. Towel and Soap, Warm Clothes for after the watersports
  4. Plastic bag for wet clothes

...for John Muir Award

  1. Paddlesports equipment as above
  2. Waterproof jacket
  3. Warm jumper
  4. Waterproof trousers
  5. Hat and gloves


Parent's Letter for Paddlesports