Your first slalom, as a newcomer,
will be in Division 4.
The club will sign-post you to local slaloms
and we'll help you with entries
and safety on the water and so forth.
Races are usually held on both days on a weekend: different courses each day so you can enter Saturday, Sunday or both days. It makes sense to pre-enter rather than turn up on the day hoping there'll be room and we can help you with that.
On race day morning, the day begins with practice time on the course and
then the course is cleared and each entrant gets two timed runs.
Cost: £5 race entry fee including temporary British Canoeing insurance.
How the day goes:
Arrive – about 9am is good as practice gets busy later on.
Go look at the course and get mobile after your car journey / night in a tent etc.
Collect your race number.
Make sure you won't be alone on the course and get on for as much practice as you can.
Get off, get dry and warm and check your run times.
Be on time for your 1st timed run.
Do your 1st run as fast and clean as you can.
Stay on the water to help with rescues until the next two paddlers have finished safely.
Get off, get warm and dry, check your result and what time your second run will be.
Be on time for your 2nd timed run and do it all again!
The day usually finishes about 3.30pm so say goodbye to any new friends and arrange to meet them at your next race.
Take with you:
Kayak, paddle, spraydeck, helmet, buoyancy aid. You can borrow these from the club.
Water shoes, cag.
Thermal bottoms, thermal tops. In cool weather, try for three sets so you have dry gear to put on.
Money, food, brollie and an expectation of fun.
At races there is usually food on sale (burgers etc) and toilets.
If you haven’t got a way to transport a kayak, talk to others who are going as they may have room on their car roofs.
Where can I get more info?
5pm junior sesh. Mark
Thursday 13th August
7pm club sesh. Judith
Wednesday 19th August
Club handicap slalom league
Course is marked with tagged poles. Log your best time.
Sunday 16th August
Start session am.
A Tuesday in October maybe
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