Having only ever kayaked on white water a few times before, I was slightly apprehensive at the prospect of being thrown around an Olympic standard course with very little experience. But after spending the day there I can say, hand on heart, that it is one of the best experiences for any adrenaline junkie looking for a quick fix.
The course adapts in difficulty, with the water level rising throughout the day, meaning it is accessible from novices all the way to hardened pros. Throughout the course of the day, the number and type of features on the 258m course are changed so you are quite literally never paddling the same course twice. The course is Olympic standard and can also be set up for slalom for those who fancy more of a challange.
Both kayakers and rafters have access to the course, and the centre also offers training courses for those interested in learning either of the sports. It also has heated changing facilities and a cafe to warm up in after you've inevitably taken a dip. The centre also offers equipment hire and has an equipment store.
Bike hire and a go-ape like air trail are also offered by the centre, which also is home to an indoor surfing facility, climbing wall, paddleboarding and hotdogging facilities (I promise the last one is a real activity). The venue can also be hired out for stag and hen dos, as well as private functions. Emergency first aid training is also offered, with a number of different courses available.
Cardiff International White Water really does have something for everyone. It's open 7 days a week and has plenty of spaces for spectators to come down and watch, in the hope someone falls in. While it's a somewhat pricey day out (between £40-£55pp) all equipment is included, and you'll be left with an experience you'll never forget!