White Water Rafting Course
Overview of new Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee White Water Course features
- An upgraded deeper main channel (Jubilee Course).
- A new short course – which is one of the steepest in the UK (Diamond Course).
- Installation of the Rapidblocs™ system - to precisely shape flows of water into a series of waves and eddies, making it challenging for the elite paddlers in particular.
- A Lazyboy conveyer belt system – which transports users from the end of the white water course right back to the start.
- Four 12m x 3m Archimedes’ Screws – used to pump the water needed to create guaranteed conditions for water sports. They also generate electricity.
- A re-development of the main centre building which includes a new reception, updated changing facilities and a new Water Sports Shop which sells the latest boating equipment.
View the map of our course White Water Course Map.
The 300 metre long White Water Rafting and Kayaking Course has been reconfigured with new eddies, a slalom gate system and is twice the depth of the previous course which is ideal for pulling those moves. All of the old features remain, but they are bigger and better than ever before.
The new 95 metre Diamond course (one of the steepest in the UK) has a drop of 3.7 metres from top to bottom which makes this a great addition to the venue. Fully capable of taking up to 14 cumecs (possibly more); this short course is not for the faint hearted! This is an ideal finale to a Water Rafting experience, or for those paddlers who want more of a challenge in a controlled environment.
Both courses are set up with the new Rapidblocs™ system, which are also used at the Olympic venue in Lee Valley. The blocks allow for the creation of any shape, at any angle, at any point within the channel system enabling great flexibility in set up and discipline specifications. Eddies can be created above the feature or below the feature or simply removed from the area altogether. This system truly gives the course operator a fully adjustable course that can be tuned, remodelled or updated.
A major investment in the project is the inclusion of four massive Archimedes screws which enable 24 hour operation when required. Prior to upgrade the course was run on the natural flow of the River Tees when tidal levels below the barrage allowed. This is still perfectly operable but with the addition of the screws, users can visit for the whole day and get a greater level of flexibility. The screws will also be able to generate electricity when used in reverse. The electricity generated will be returned back to the national grid.
Lazyboy Conveyor System
The Lazyboy conveyor system is another new feature, which is a great addition to the course. The conveyor belt will transport users from the end of the course back up to the start. This will enhance the experience for users and will considerably improve disabled paddlers participation.
Main Centre - The NorthShore building
The iconic main centre building has undergone a major refit which has updated all internal facilities to cope with the demands of an internationally recognised venue. From refurbished changing rooms to a new water sports shop and cafe, this building will be an exciting area for visitors.
A major investment is the new retail outlet - NorthShore Watersports - which operates from the centre and online. It provides all of your equipment needs, stocks all of the major watersports brands and latest products, and is an authorised demo centre.