Information for paddlers at the NWWc
The River Tryweryn has been popular for canoeing and kayaking since the 1970's. If you haven't paddled the Tryweryn before, there is no proficiency test so it will be up to you to inspect and decide whether its a suitable river for you. Further information about paddling the Tryweryn can be found on the river information page, and notices about events or obstructions in the river are also shown on the water information board. If you have inspected the river and are unsure whether its for you or have any other questions about paddling here please come and see us at reception in the main centre.
Please sign in at reception
It is free to paddle the River Tryweryn but its important for us to know how many people paddle here so please sign in at reception on each visit.
coaching your own group at the National White Water Centre
The National White Water Centre is a great venue for coaching with classic white water and excellent facilities. If you are coaching group of paddlers on the Tryweryn please sign in for the whole group at reception (ask for the coaches signing in book). You will be taking responsibility for the group being of an appropriate standard to paddle the river. If the coach has signed in for a group there is no need for members of that group to sign in separately. Commercial users bringing a group are required to pay facility fees; £8 per student, or £12 per person for Top Site Hire. For more information about coaching fees, hiring the Top Site or classrooms click here.
A commercial user in this context is defined as a company or individual who derives profit in order to earn a living, pay staff, or boost personal income. Voluntary club coaches under expenses (such as nominal fuel charges) or taking small amounts of money purely for club funds are exempt from this.
Facilities for paddlers
It is free to use the heated changing rooms, lockers and showers at the centre and certainly makes a nice change from changing in car parks and lay bys! If you are part of a large group you may wish to organise lunch/refreshments in the Rhug Estate cafe in advance; phone Manon on 01678 522301 for details.
The National White Water centre is an excellent venue for slalom, wild water racing training and hosts national ranking and international races annually. At certain times of the day the site is busy with all typers of river users. Through the middle of the day we ask that only slalom gates in eddies are used (gates in the main flow might be moved out of the way of other river users), however for the first and last two hours of the day gates can be used in the main flow. For further advice about training at the National White Water Centre please call 01678 521083 or visit reception.
equipment hire and shop
Regrettably we cannot hire out any centre equipment to paddlers. New for 2013 we have an onsite shop selling a great range of paddling products from boats to cags and bouyancy aids. The shop is open at weekends from 10am - 4.30pm and is opposite the main centre. If you find the door shut (sometimes the staff just can't resist a quick paddle themselves or it may be a week day) then the staff in the main centre are always happy to open it up for you to have a browse. You can have a look at the shop stock on the Canoe Wales Shop website here.
There is no charge for paddling at the centre, unless you're a commercial user, however you do need to pay for the car parking. You can find out about the charges here.
If you are looking for a coach to help you improve your skills or to organise a group coached day, please visit our Coaching and Courses page.