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Albert Denvers Watersports centre

Commune de Gravelines

Gravelines, Hauts-de-France Altitude : 1m
1 Watersports centre

Centre disciplines

Rowing Canoe sprint Para rowing Para canoe-sprint


The "PAarc des Rives de l'Aa" is located north of Paris, (- 3h), on the territory of the city of Gravelines. The park is engaged in the development of sport, leasure and nature. The Watersports centre, dedicated to sport performance and built in 2011 was part of the preparation of London 2012. In 10 years, it became a renowned site for profesional sport, welcoming many teams in preparation and organising national and international competitions. Main characteristics :

  • A nautical stadium 2237m long and 138m wide made of 10 lines of 13,5m. The latter has 5 pontoons that are 20m long, 3 technical pontoons and 1 starter pontoons allowing teams to prepare for competition conditions.
  • A high-level facility built in january 2021, with 2 cloakrooms, a 150m2 weights room with view on the lake, a 90m2 cardio room upstairs, a 90m2 clubhouse, a dryer room and a repair workshop.
  • A multipurpose base 150m away from the sport facility with meeting rooms, a second cardio room and a secured and indoor storage area for boats.
  • A 5kms path allowing coaches to follow boats, by bike.

Special features

  • 1 hotel on site (200m from the base of life) and in office in April
  • 2 hôtels near the PAarc :
    • In the city center at 1,5km
    • 4kms from the complex (
  • 30 kms of « pedestrian-bike » paths in Gravelines including 15 on the PAarc.
  • A 16 m high hill runs along the pool to protect from the prevailing southwest wind (45%).
  • 2 cardio rooms composed of 30 rawers including 20 D C2, 3 RP3 et 3 « dynamic » C2 models. And more : 3 BikeErg, 3 SkiErg, 1 WattBike and 20 « slides » C2.
  • Possible rental of catamarans and bikes.
  • A16 motorway is 5minutes from the site.

Known for

Olympic rowing team camp :

2011 : New Zealand Black and silver teams

2012 : Rusia

2013 : Argentina

2016 : France

French U23 and Junior rowing teams from 2012 to 2019


Olympic team camps :

2012 : Sweden in Canoe

2018 : USA in open water swimming

French rowing championships :

2013 : school and university

2016 and 2020 : Senior , Masters and para

2014 : FISU World Rowing Championship

2018 : European Junior Rowing Championship

Qualifications for the French Para Rowing Championships from 2015 to 2019


2018 : European Open Water Swimming Cup

French Canoe-Kayak and para canoe Championships in 2014 and 2021

French open water Swimming cup in 2015, 2017 and 2018

French long distance triathlon Championshios in 2014 and 2015

Optional extras

Meeting room Internet access Secure storage area Infirmery Hospital nearby Relaxation room Physiotherapy room Weights room Film screening room Personal security service Vehicle hire service Adapted vehicle hire service

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