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An artificial whitewater course (AWWC) is a site for whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking, whitewater racing, whitewater rafting, playboating and slalom canoeing with artificially generated rapids.

Course types[edit]

Three main types of course exist:

Flow diversion[edit]

These work by diverting a natural river through boulder placement or damming, or by creating new channels next to an existing river, possibly by a weir or power station outflow.

Tidal action[edit]

Created in estuaries with large tidal reaches, on a barrage across the river. The barrage is opened during a rising high tide to allow the sea water in, then shut as the tide turns. The water stored above the barrage is then forced through an artificial channel to provide water features.


The nature of artificial whitewater courses necessitates the need for a drop in the river, and enough water flow to provide hydraulics. When this isn't possible (often in flat low-lying areas), electric pumps are used to lift and re-circulate the water to the top of the course. The shapes of these courses are commonly circular or U-shaped.

Pumped courses are extremely expensive to run, typically 1-2 megawatts of electrical power is needed to pump 15 cubic metres per second of water down a course with a 5 meter drop in height.

Olympic whitewater courses[edit]

Other notable courses[edit]

Under planning or construction[edit]

External links[edit]

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Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:21:56 -0700

Initially constructed in 1992 to help American athletes train for the Barcelona Olympics, it was North America's first artificial whitewater course. Though he gave up 100 percent of his sponsorships — there is more funding and athlete support for ...
Carbon Valley Farmer and Miner
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:52:30 -0700

“By May, I was off with the advanced team (which was all boys, for the record) to gain experience in Washington, D.C., to paddle the artificial whitewater course in Dickerson, Maryland. Turns out that a girl I was competing with was retiring and since ...

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