Activities* must be booked in advance via the BOOK NOW button below, we cannot accommodate walk-in bookings. *Park and Players who attend a session without booking in advance may be turned away or charged an addtional £5 per person fee if they fail to book in advance online.

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Cardiff International White Water
Watkiss Way
Cardiff Bay
CF11 0SY

Social boating!

The purpose of the CIWW Youth Academy is to offer a group of young kayakers (aged 12-17) the opportunity to kayak at varied destinations and ultimately develop into safe independent paddlers. The CIWW currently hosts numerous competitive disciplines, the Academy is all about social boating!

CIWW Youth Academy Activities List
Kids Academy Trips

The ‘Kids Academy’ was founded in 2011, to help upskill and encourage future whitewater kayakers. We couldn’t have put it better than our title sponsor Palm Equipment “The Cardiff Kids’ Academy aims to inspire and push on the new generation of paddlers, offering… the chance to go from complete beginner to whitewater hero”. 

We offer a range of trip lengths, for a range of abilities. We have made an infographic to help you make sure you know that you’re booking onto the right length and for the right ability. You don’t have to go through the whole process with us, we welcome new faces just as warmly as returning rippers. We love to help push everyone to progress and experience new environments as much as possible but please be honest when booking these trips so the whole group can progress the most as a group and as individuals. If you’re not sure if you're booking the right trip please get in contact and we can help you make the best decision for you.

We work our trips dynamically from the get-go, from choice of coaches, venue and coaching lessons are adapted to the group and conditions to maximise learning and enjoyment. We accept 10-17 years old's who are looking to get some top coaching, challenge themselves and make friends on the water!

Due to the nature of water levels in the UK a river will be chosen in the week leading up to the trip, everybody booked on the trip will be contacted with a meet time and river to be paddled, also any special requirements or kit needed for the day. Times for the trip may vary depending on the location and length of the trip. Accommodation and transport are always included, and food is included on our week-long trips*.

*We aim to eat at a local restaurant on the last day of the trip, snacks and extras are not included.