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Canoeing & Kayaking

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre is ideal for all kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts, from beginners to pros. Want to practice and develop your paddling skills? With a range of water conditions available all year round in any weather; we offer a safe and exciting environment for you to learn, improve and enjoy.


What’s there for kayakers and canoeists?

At Tees Barrage, there’s a real sense of camaraderie. We have a fun, friendly and enthusiastic community of regular paddlers which just shows the quality of our site for paddlesports. Our excellent facilities for kayaking and canoeing include a flat warm-up lake and a world-standard white water course. This means you can try your paddling technique on different water conditions every time you visit us!

If you want to try canoeing or kayaking for the first time, we also offer paddlesport courses from beginner to three-star. Here, we give you a fully-qualified instructor. They’ll work with you to improve your skills, encourage your development and boost your confidence on the water.

Once you’re done paddling, you can always grab food at The Barrage Cafe then take a walk through the nearby nature reserve to finish off the day.

Flat water lake and launch area

Great for beginners, this is a large body of calm water set into the bank of the River Tees. Head here if you want to practice your paddling, learn how to capsize and recover, or just fancy a warm-up before tackling the white water section!

Our flatwater lake is used by: people enrolled on a water course, paddlers heading down the white water courses, and those launching up river. If you want to paddle on our lake, you must have basic skills and have completed a capsize. Make sure your boat is in good form (with airbags) and wear the appropriate safety equipment at all times. And remember, there’s no swimming here and launches are up river only.

300-metre white water course (Jubilee Course)

The 300-metre course is designed for inflatable rafts, canoes and kayaks. So, there’s plenty of flexibility depending on your preference. Featuring turns, twists and several big drops, this course is ideal for thrill seekers and is a great way to put your paddling skills to the test! With an updated main channel and a new secondary channel, you get plenty of waves and holes for you to throw the best moves!

100-metre short white water course (Diamond Course)

We also have a shorter white water course. This features the biggest artificial white water drop in the UK as well as many twists and turns along its 3.7-metre descent. A perfect setting for paddlers looking for an exhilarating experience they won’t forget!

(To use our white water courses, you must have a three-star standard qualification and capable of rolling on white water).

What do I need to do to kayak and canoe at Tees Barrage?

All you need to do is complete our booking forms. These include ‘Paddler Medical Consent’ and ‘White Water Health & Safety and Risk Declaration’ forms that you need to fill out, too.

Simply download the documents, fill them in, and then either hand them to us when you arrive at reception or send them to us in advance. Please note: a parent or guardian must sign both forms if you’re under 18.

Introduction to Kayaking Courses

Course DateCourse Time
3rd February 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
14th February 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
3rd March 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
10th March 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
30th March 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
7th April 201810:00am - 12:00pm
15th April 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
29th April 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
12th May 201810:00am - 12:00pm
28th May 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
2nd June 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
24th June 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
23rd July 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
24th July 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
27th July 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
5th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm
6th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm
18th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm

For more courses, head to our kayaking courses page.


We have a number of clubs enjoying paddlesports from across the North East. If you want to get involved, visit our clubs page to see a list of local and further afield clubs.


A world class facility opened by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2012

February half term school holiday activities

Check out our great selection of watersports activities to keep the kids entertained this summer! Including introductory sessions to stand up paddleboarding and kayaking. Activities are a great way to experience the thrills of watersports!

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