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Tarn and Garonne Water Sport Centre

Département du Tarn-et-Garonne

Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, Occitanie Altitude : 76m
1 Watersports centre

Centre disciplines

Rowing Canoe sprint Para rowing Para canoe-sprint


Set in 25 hectares of natural parkland and part of the Natura 2000 environmental network, the Tarn and Garonne Water Sport Centre is located in Saint Nicolas de la Grave, where the rivers Tarn and Garonne join. The centre is easy to get to, being only 55 minutes from Toulouse Blagnac airport and 15 minutes from the A62 Castelsarrasin motorway exit. Meet the needs of your athletes with direct access to high-quality natural waterways and good layout of facilities, including accommodation, dining room, weight training gym, boat houses, men’s and women’s changing rooms and video room, all within the centre. All the facilities at the centre conform to accessibility requirements for people with disabilities, including the boating area.   With 18 kilometres of continuous navigation, or 36 kilometres out and back, the centre offers an high-level training location. As the stretch of water is varied and open, it provides plenty of options even when boating from the same place. The average width of the water is 150 metres. The watercourse is in a natural, unspoilt setting and only used for sport.

Special features

The weight training gym has been designed specifically with rowing, canoeing and kayaking in mind. It is fitted with the equipment required for general athletic performance, following the standards set out.

The dining area seats up to 200 people, with a large terrace overlooking the river confluence. Menus are specially designed to fit with athletes’ diets.

Accommodation offers 85 beds – 20 beds are accessible for people with disabilities – ranging from singles to 5-bed shared rooms. Located at the centre of the facilities, accommodation is spread across four secure buildings, where the video room, recreation room, weight training gym, as well as the recovery and dining rooms are all situated.

The Centre also has

Large pitches to practise football or rugby

Paths for running and mountain biking,

Heated open-air swimming pool,

Two 18-metre landing stages with access for para-athletes

Secure storage area for boats

Adapted safety boats

Mountain bikes

Fitness trail

Video room with large seating capacity, overlooking the confluence

Treatment room, massage room and cryotherapy units

Large car park for 300 vehicles



Indoor swimming pool with a sauna and steam room is located 15 km away.

Care and recovery centre with jacuzzi and sauna at a distance of 5 km

Canal des deux Mers – a UNESCO world heritage site – is just 500 metres away,

Fitness centre and two large stadiums are situated 2 km away

Hospital is 5 km away.

Known for

Rowing training camps: For more than 30 years, the activity centre has hosted training camps for rowing clubs, including Occitanie League, Occitanie’s Regional Rowing Committees for its training camps and courses each year and more specifically Pôle France Toulouse, Bordeaux Water Sports Club, Marseilles Rowing Circle, Boulogne-Billancourt Rowing Circle, Fontainebleau Water Sports Association and the Département 82 Parasport Group.

Canoeing and kayaking training camps: national selection for team and short mono competitors, regional championships for sprint canoeing and kayaking in 2021, as well as hosting Saint-Laurent Blangy Club, Nevers Club, Mulhouse Club, Alsace Canoeing & Kayaking Regional Committee, Roussillon Canoe Club and Gignac Canoe Club.

Optional extras

Meeting room Internet access Equipment available for private use Secure storage area Infirmery Hospital nearby Relaxation room Weights room Film screening room Vehicle hire service Adapted vehicle hire service On-site accomodation

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