Excitement and personal challenge - an ultimate test of skill. Speed and precision is crucial as slalomists need to squeeze through a series of gates without making contact to avoid penalty seconds being added to the time taken to paddle from start to finish.
Slalom is intended to test river-running skills in a safe and friendly environment. Entry level to Canoe Slalom is Division 4 and these slaloms are generally held on calm water and the courses will be simple. The object of the sport is to negotiate a course pre-defined by the course designer. The winner of the event will have negotiated the course in the fastest time, with the fewest penalties. There are penalties for hitting and missing gates. There is usually plenty of time to practice at canoe slaloms. Any boat may be used up to and including Division 1. You don't need a slalom boat to come and try slalom.
Entry level for those with higher level white water skills is Division 2. Competitors may enter a special open event at this level and apply for ranking status following the event, based on the result they achieve.
Full details about Canoe Slalom are contained in the Slalom Yearbook £4 including P&P which is available from the BCU Slalom Administrator:
Jim Croft, 12 Holmescroft Road, Luton, Bedsfordshie LU3 2TJ
Fax: 01582 708834 e-mail .
Information on GB International teams and news can be found on the BCU World Class or GB Canoeing websites
Additional information can also be found on the UK Slalom Website
The BCU Coaching Canoe Slalom Technique Library website is a resource for coaches and paddlers alike - it contains up to date video and analysis of basic and advanced slalom techniques on flatwater, through to white water. All of the skills are demonstrated by world class athletes using short boats
GB Canoe Slalom Calendar for 2012 & Beyond
K1 Men - Campbell Walsh
K1 Women - Fiona Pennie
C1 Men - David Florence
C1 Men - Adam Burgess
C2 Men - Tim Baillie & Etienne Stott