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8 fun whitewater courses around the world

Oct. 11, 2013, 11 a.m.
Cardiff International Whitewater Centre, Wales

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Cardiff International Whitewater Center, Wales

Located in the middle of the International Sports Village of Cardiff, the Cardiff International Whitewater Center has some of the more family-friendly features on our list. The main 800-foot whitewater course and flat-water training pool are open to people of all skill levels. Because the flow rate can be changed, the course can be made slower and safer so that less experienced paddlers can enjoy the challenge of shooting the whitewater even though they don't have years of experience. In addition, there is an on-site paddle school for people who want to take their whitewater (or flat-water) skills to the next level. Rafting experiences are also available at CIWC.