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Cardiff International White Water
Watkiss Way
Cardiff Bay
CF11 0SY

Featuring twists and turns, twists and several big drops, the CIWW white water course is ideal for thrill seekers and is a great way to put your paddling skills to the test! With plenty of waves and holes for you to throw the best moves, we offer the only way to raft in the city of Cardiff!

Also known as ‘river rafting’, white water rafting refers is regarded as one of the most popular and exciting water-based activities around the world. Using an inflatable raft, you will be navigating a river and working as a team to overcome the thrills of white water.

The name white water is given to more turbulent currents, where the water appears white thanks to the froth. The term is also often used to describe currents that are less turbulent, but still somewhat agitated.

Depending on the turbulence of the white water, rafting can vary from a leisure activity to an extreme sport. In fact, white water rafting is also practiced as a competitive sport around the world, with championships being held between competing nations. 

On a Friday evening, we turn the pumps to our maximum flow for our Extreme Water Water Rafting. Test your nerve on the fastest water we have on offer at CIWW - for £55 per person - 12yrs plus.

By proceeding to book and pay for this session, you are in agreement with our 'CIWW-Coached Terms and Conditions' which are available to view here


What to bring


  1. Towel
  2. Swimwear
  3. £1 for the locker



  1. 12+ years old
  2. Confident in and around water



2 Hour Session - Including kitting up and a safety briefing

How to go white water rafting

The two main components of white water rafting are the rafts themselves and personal safety equipment. First and foremost, you need to choose the right class of white water based on your age.

Whatever your previous experience, you will be assigned a professional guide whose role is to determine the best route, ensure you know how to paddle and instruct you how to stay safe on white water course.

What equipment to wear when white water rafting?

As part of your white water rafting equipment, you would be given paddles, wetsuits and helmets, as well as buoyancy aids. All coaching and specialist equipment is provided.

White water rafting for beginners

Families and younger children can opt for the less challenging rapids, where they would be able to guide the raft through the white water at a leisurely pace, since the moving water is generally flat and very little steering is required.

We offer white water rafting for families looking for a day of fun suitable for rafters as young as age 6. With lowered water level and rapid speed, this two hour white water rafting adventure is guaranteed include laughs, shrieks and a good soaking.

When to go white water rafting?

We offer white water rafting sessions year-round, whatever the weather. The courses last approximately two hours.

How much is white water rafting in Cardiff?

The white water rafting sessions at Cardiff International White Water cost £60 per person. We also offer the reduced water speed Family White Water Rafting experience at £30pp.

Key info
£60 per person
Session time
Approx 2 hours
Participants must be 12yrs old or over.
All coaching and specialist equipment is provided