Northampton Canoe & Kayak Club

Clubs Slalom 2020

Sunday May 3rd.
12-gate course below the weir.


For reasons which should be apparent, we have decided to cancel this event on May 3rd.

We will consider re-arranging it later in the year if restrictions are lifted in time,

and if the growth of weed in the weir pool doesn't make it impossible to paddle the course.

(This occurs to varying degrees each summer.)

The course will be on the flat (but slightly moving) water below the weir and above the bridge.
The length of the course will be around 200 metres, and will include 12 gates to negotiate without contact.

The event is open to clubs and youth groups. Entrants to the main competition must be under 18 years of age.
Entrants are expected to enter under the name of their club or group, and be covered for the event by the group's insurance.
(Scout insurance covers this type of event for example.)
There will also be a "Leaders'" fun event, which will be free to enter.
There are toilets, changing rooms and showers in the centre building.
The event will be in two boat categories - kayaks in one, and all others in "Other"
Within these categories there will be prizes for the winner in each age group.
The groups will be Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, in each case the age being on the 1st January 2020
Year of birth will be needed when making entries.

Boats and Equipment

Pretty much any type of boat can be used, although it will be easier to paddle the course in some than others. For this reason kayaks will compete in one class, and other boats (canoes, SUPs, inflatables...) compete in a different class.
Boats need to have sufficient internal bouyancy to keep them afloat when full of water. This may be in the form of foam blocks or air bags.
Paddlers need to wear an effective buoyancy aid, and a helmet. (The poles are weighted with concrete, so you don't want them hitting your head.)
Long paddles make it more difficult to get through gates without touching the poles, and short paddles are also better for accelerating and turning.

If you don't have sufficient equipment, you may be able to borrow equipment from Northampton Canoe & Kayak Club. If you want to do this, we plan to supply a small number of boats, along with buoyancy aids and helmets, to a group (Scout group, youth club etc) for their members to share. The charge for this will be 2 per boat, payable on the day.

Event safety plan

Helpful information for those beginning slalom

The site for the event is at Nene Whitewater Centre, NN4 7AA.
This is also the site of Northampton Active, whose signs you will see on the approach.

The organiser can be contacted on

Canoeing and Kayaking are ‘Assumed Risk’ - ‘Water Contact’ sports that may
carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these
risks, and be responsible for their own action and involvement.