Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cardiff International White Water Centre, Watkiss Bay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales CF11 0SY

Contact: 029 2082 9970



Located a stone’s throw away from the city centre, Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an exciting, on-demand white water facility.

The activities and courses on offer, including White Water Rafting, Indoor Wave, Canoeing and Kayaking, cater for a wide range of groups and abilities.

As well as single activities or day or week-long courses, the centre also runs action-packed, end of term residential breaks. Choose from 2 to 5 day packages, featuring fun-filled sports including White Water Rafting, Indoor Bodyboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking and Air Trail, and a stay at YHA Cardiff Central. The shiny new accommodation is only 3 miles away from CIWW and a 15 minute walk to the city centre.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Courses at CIWW are run by qualified, enthusiastic instructors who have vast experience of teaching water-based activities to school children. The instructors aim to ensure the pupils learn new skills and challenge themselves in a safe environment, while also having fun.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
CIWW has AALA accreditation.

What does a typical educational visit include?
All courses support Key Stages 2 to 4, and specific activities can be delivered as part of the GCSE, A-Level and BTEC curriculums. Each visit is tailored specifically to the needs of the group.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Groups of up to 100.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes, photography, filming and recording are permitted.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Please contact the centre to arrange risk assessments.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Please contact Ben Longhurst, Senior Assistant Manager, on 029 2082 9970 or email

What is the cost of the visit?
Excellent group discounts are available, starting from just £5 per person – please contact the centre for further details.

The schools residential break costs only £44.50, including activities and accommodation, per pupil per day (Sundays to Thursdays).

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
All the equipment needed to take part in activities will be provided, including wetsuits, wetsuit boots, buoyancy aids and helmets.

Swimwear is worn underneath wetsuits (in colder weather an additional non-cotton layer may be needed to wear underneath, eg a thin fleece or rash vest). A towel and £1 coin for the locker will also be required. Changing rooms and showers are on site.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Qualified first aiders and facilities are on site.

Please list facilities available.
There’s a café leading to a large balcony overlooking the white water course; and a range of merchandise, including T-shirts and hoodies, is available to buy at reception. In terms of pocket money, £20 should suffice.

For lunch breaks, there are picnic benches outside when the weather permits, as well as classrooms inside.

What are your disabled facilities?
CIWW has disabled facilities, including accessible lift, toilets etc, and instructors with experience of teaching activities to disabled children.

What are your opening days and hours?
The centre is open seven days a week:

Monday 09.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 20.15
Thursday 09.00 - 17.00
Friday 09.00 - 20.15 (closes at 17.00 on alternate Friday evenings during the winter months)
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
Sunday 09.00 - 17.00

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Leisure & Tourism PE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December