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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.

Pumped[edit]

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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The Recorder
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:04:31 -0700

Matt Guertin of Greenfield rolls his kayak in the unusually high water by the ledges known as the rock dam in Turners Falls on Monday. Utility company FirstLight Power Resources scheduled releases from dams upstream to test the section of the ...
 
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:42:08 -0700

mknight12 5ptsFeatured Aug 11, 2014. Haha.. I'm in complete agreement! Who needs a basketball course when they could have this?! FlagShare. LikeReply. rctid_taco 5ptsFeatured Aug 11, 2014. Artificial whitewater course. Something like this: FlagShare.
 
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 ...
 
Smithsonian (blog)
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:34:12 -0700

The artificial whitewater park, which was designed by UK-based Faulknerbrowns Architects, was conceived from the start with the intention of creating a permanent recreational destination on the northern outskirts of London. The center opened well ...
 
The Oregonian
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:44:54 -0800

Since the rivers haven't been cooperating this winter I'm thinking an artificial whitewater course. Ideally open late with lots of lighting so working stiffs can still get some runs in during the dark season. Something like this: Tina 5ptsFeatured Feb ...

Gazette Live

Gazette Live
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:09:47 -0700

There are have been plenty of concerns expressed that controversial series Benefits Street - being filmed in Stockton's Tilery estate - could damage the town's reputation. Residents of Kingston Road, on which the show is focusing, revealed to The ...
 
New Zealand Herald
Tue, 13 May 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Stage one of Wero, on which groundwork has already started, will include the attractions River Rush and the Tamariki River. River Rush will be an artificial whitewater river for recreational rafters and kayakers which is expected to attract ...

The Journal

The Journal
Thu, 29 May 2014 09:42:16 -0700

The £3.25 million Pinkston Watersports centre, including an artificial whitewater course, has been officially completed and handed over to Scottish Canals and charitable body Glasgow Watersports. Newcastle-based Patrick Parsons formed a joint venture ...
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