Some of the other things we do

We provide full design and engineering services to make your whitewater course spring into life:

  • Economic analysis
  • Permitting and permissions
  • Pumping stations
  • Conveyor belts
  • Variable wave formers
  • Adavnced flow modelling
  • Landscape design
  • Course commissioning
  • Project management
  • Civil, electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Construction oversight / supervision


S2O DesignEngineering Paddler DesignsRapid Water CoursesPalm Equipment Europe

RapidBlocs are the simplest and most versatile whitewater obstacle system. We can make your design and construction project simpler too. Between us, we have decades of experience building successful whitewater courses.

Scott Shipley, MSPE

Founder S2o Design

Scott brings a varied background to the table. Scott Shipley is among the best-known American kayakers in the world today. A veteran of three Olympic games (’92, ’96, ’00) and holder of four world titles, Shipley has more than 25 years experience as a whitewater competitor. Scott also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from top-ranked Georgia Institute of Technology. Shipley’s combined expertise in both Whitewater and Engineering Design has made him the go-to designer for some of the world’s most demanding whitewater design projects.

Andy Laird, MEng, CEng, MICE, MCIWEM

Founder Epd

Andy is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Environmental Engineer. He has experience of working with the Environment Agency, the water industry and large multidisciplinary delivery contractors. He has twenty years of paddlesport experience across the globe; competitively across a number of disciplines and coaching the next generation. Whitewater is an endless fascination, for which Andy has a special understanding as an engineer, able to model, predict and recreate features to match the best he has found on his travels.