Slalom Training

The slalom season is fast approaching with the first races only a month away.

I will as usual be running weekly slalom training on the outdoor pool. Nights will vary to allow as many paddlers to attend as possible. Below is the first couple of months, dates and times are subject to change due to other commitments but I will send out details if this happens. These details will also be on the website and on the slalom notice board at the club.

In addition I intend to run a number of beginner sessions to get anyone interested started in slalom. Beginners race in Division 4, on promotion they move to Division 3 and may attend the improvers sessions. Prior to a suitable event there will be one or more pool session followed by training and racing at the weekend at the event.

We have a number of modern boats and paddlers which will be available for pool sessions and at events a club coach is attending. Paddlers are expected to get their own equipment once they reach Division 2.

Slalom is a great way to get used to moving water (to start with) and white water (later on), it will help improve your balance, paddling skills and boat control as well as being fun and very sociable.

It’s the KKC short course Div 4 slalom on the outdoor pool on Sunday 6th March, you do not need any experience and it would be great to see as many KKC paddlers giving it a go as possible. I’ll be running a session the Monday before on the outdoor pool from 6-7 so come and have a try.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with me (Duncan Berriman), Sue Burgess or talk to any of our existing slalom paddlers.

Slalom Training Dates (Improvers)

Sat 12th Feb (12.30 for 12.45 outdoor pool)

Sat 19th Feb (12.30 for 12.45 outdoor pool)

Tue 22nd Feb (10.30 Sowerby Bridge)

Wed 23rd Feb (10.30 HPP)

Tue 15th Mar (7-8 outdoor pool)

Thu 24th Mar (7-8 outdoor pool)

Tue 29th Mar (7-8 outdoor pool)

Thu 7th Apr (7-8 outdoor pool)

Thu 14th Apr (7-8 outdoor pool)

Tue 19th Apr (7-8 outdoor pool)

Thu 28th Apr (7-8 outdoor pool)

Slalom Training Dates (Beginners)

Mon 28th Feb (Outdoor pool 6-7)

Sun 6th Mar (KKC Division 4 Short Course Slalom)

Mon 11th Apr (Outdoor pool 6-7)

Thu 14th Apr (Outdoor pool 6-7)

Sat 16th/Sun 17th Apr (Oughtibridge – Sheffield) Div 3/4 slalom

Before attending  the sessions on the 11th, 14th and 16/17thth it would be very helpful if you could ensure you can do the following basic strokes, forwards, backwards, sweep stoke, bow rudder, if you don’t know what they are or aren’t sure if you can do them please ask your coach at your next session. If you can do them then make sure you practice them lots! You must also be confident in your capsize drill.

Races (Improvers)

Saturday 12th March – Tryweryn – Div1

Sat 19th/Sun 20th March – Sowerby Bridge – Div 2/3

Sat 9thApr/Sun 10th April – Matlock – Div 2/3

Sat 23rd March – GrandTully – Div1 (Likely not attending due to distance and cost)