digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Eiskanal in Augsburg, Germany
Kayaking and Rafting at Holme Pierrepont, England
Rafting and canoeing at Dutch Water Dreams

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]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_whitewater — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
3495 videos foundNext > 

Artificial white water kayaking course in sydney

my attempt at a forward loop and a back stab.

Cardington Artificial Whitewater Course - Snow

Snow and action of an unusual kind at Cardington AWC, 19th January 2013.

Whitewater kayaking Arras 2012 - BASE NAUTIQUE DE SAINT LAURENT BLANGY

This is my second week of kayaking where I joined a whitewater instruction class. BASE NAUTIQUE DE SAINT LAURENT BLANGY Is a medium/small artificial whitewat...

BC Whitewater Championships-Rutherford Whitewater Park

This is a montage of the premiere event held on Canada's first and only purpose built artificial whitewater park.

Pirates Canoe Club Trip to Nene White Water Centre - 9th October 2011

Pirates Canoe Club visits the Nene Whitwater Centre. The Nene Whitewater Centre was the UK's first pumped artificial whitewater course. Pirates Paddlers; And...

The US National Whitewater Center: Oasis for Outdoor, Active Lifestyles

On over 400 acres of woodlands on the Catawba River, the Whitewater Center is an outdoor facility dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles and de...

Lee Valley Olympic white water slalom course, 11/09/11

The artificial white water course for the 2012 London Olympic canoe and kayak slalom events. This was my assessment to be allowed to paddle the course freely...

Whitewater Slalom World Series

This whitewater slalom championship was held at the whitewater course at Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. This course is one of only two artificial wh...

Kayakers Try Out Whitewater Course Near Auburn

Several kayakers gathered on New Year's Day to test out a new artificial whitewater course near Auburn.

HPP Course Walkthrough

Had some footage left over from our trip to Nottingham in 2009 so I decided to show a walk down along the artificial whitewater course at HPP, highlighting a...

3495 videos foundNext > 

2 news items

Baltimore Sun
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:48:45 -0700

Unlike the 1989 championships, which were held on a natural course on the Savage River, the athletes at this event will compete on the artificial whitewater course at the Adventure Sport Center International. Today's competition begins with the K1 men ...
K2 Radio
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:52:12 -0700

Troy Bray, who has run for the Natrona County Commission representing the Constitution Party, told the council to remove the artificial whitewater section of the river, or he will sue to get it done. Bray told K2 it was not a course he would prefer ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Artificial whitewater

You can talk about Artificial whitewater with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!