White water canoe or kayak slalom is an Olympic sport with a global following. It’s a time trial event, the objective being to negotiate a river course marked out by a series of suspended poles, known as gates. There are races over most weekends in the UK from February until October for all levels of competitor. Novice events are held on flat water or gently moving rivers, the level of difficulty increasing until at International or Olympic standard, the course is set on the toughest and fastest flowing river sections.

The best way to find out more about canoe slalom is through a club. The most popular website for finding a location near you is at the Canoe Slalom website. Details of clubs and events are regularly posted there.

If you’re in the North East of England, we can help you get started with canoe slalom. You don’t need to have any previous experience in slalom or equipment, as we can supply equipment and instructors to help you learn. If you’d like to know more fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will be in touch.

Here are a couple videos teaching you the basics of canoe slalom and giving you some insight into the sport, although don’t fear the you will build up to this, enjoy.