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Canoeing & Kayaking

Here at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre we have a flat water warm up lake and a world standard white water course to get you started with paddlesports, prioviding fantastic conditions all year round, whatever the weather.

For those wanting to try canoeing or kayaking for the first time we offer paddlesport courses from beginner to level 3. A fully qualified instructor will work with you to improve your skills and encourage your development until you are confident enough to use the white water course unsupervised.

We have a fun and friendly community of regular white water users which is testament to the quality and excitement of paddlesports here at Tees Barrage.

Flat Water Launch

Great for beginners, the main river is a large body of placid water set into the picturesque bank of the River Tees. Great for practicing your paddling, learning how to capsize and correctly recover or just somewhere to properly warm up before tackling the white water. To be able to paddle on the flat water you must have basic skills & have completed a capsize. All boats must be sound and in good repair with airbags and you must wear the appropriate safety equipment at all times. No swimming is allowed in the placid water warm up lake. Launches are up river only.

300 metre long white water course (Jubilee Course)

To use the White Water courses at Tees Barrage, visitors must be of 3 star standard and can competently roll on white water. The 300 metre long course is designed for inflatable rafts, canoes and kayaks alike. Featuring several big drops, turns and plenty of rapids, the course is ideal for adrenaline loving thrill seekers. With a new updated white water kayaking main channel and a brand new second channel there are plenty of new waves and holes for you to throw the biggest moves on, in and under!

100 metre short white water course (Diamond Course)

Our short course features several twists and turns along its 3.7 metre descent and the biggest artificial white water drop in the UK, the perfect setting for those looking for an exhilarating experience!

To use the TBIWWC, all paddlers must complete and sign (or be signed by a parent/guardian if under 18) a ‘Paddler Medical Consent Form’ and a ‘White Water Health & Safety and Risk Declaration Form’.  These must be submitted when signing in at Reception.

To save time on the day, you can fill in the booking forms online and send them to us in advance of your visit. Alternatively, you could download and complete them by hand and then give them to us on your arrival at the centre.

Introduction to Kayaking Courses

Course DateCourse Time
31st May 20173:00pm - 5:00pm
10th June 20173:00pm - 5:00pm
24th June 20173:00pm - 5:00pm
2nd July 201710:00am - 12:00pm
12th July 20176:00pm - 8:00pm
23rd July 20173:00pm - 5:00pm
31st July 20171:00pm - 3:00pm
9th August 20176:00pm - 8:00pm
15th August 201710:00am - 12:00pm
28th August 201710:00 - 12:00pm
6th September 20176:00pm - 8:00pm
17th September 20173:00pm - 5:00pm
1st October 20171:00pm - 3:00pm

For more courses please visit the kayaking courses page.


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


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

Summer 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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