Competitors race alone against the clock through rapids on a course marked out by poles (called slalom gates). The challenge is to pass through approximately twenty gates suspended above the water, avoiding a touch with any part of the boat, paddle, or body. The competitor must pass through the gates in the correct order and direction. Green and white striped poles must be passed in a downstream direction and red poles in an upstream direction.

What we do !

In UL we are lucky to be close to the slalom course in Clonmel which is an ideal place to practice both slalom and white-water skills. In January 2020 we were also lucky enough to visit the Tryweryn river in Wales where there is a world class slalom course