Within Canoe Slalom there are four categories – Men’s and Women’s Kayak (MK1 and WK1) and Canoe Singles (Men’s & Women’s C1) and Canadian Doubles (C2).
There are a number of slalom training facilities at clubs in Ireland, including Wild Water Kayak Club, Sluice, Clonmel, and several other sites around the country.
The National Slalom Committee organise events for beginners and advanced paddlers. The domestic slalom racing season goes from March-May and the September and October. The International season peaks in the Summer with the World Cup Series and World Championships being held every year.
Alterations are often made to natural rivers to create more interesting slalom courses. Where natural rivers do not provide enough power, artificial courses can be made, which pump water through a man-made river channel. Examples include Holme Pierpoint in Nottingham and the Olympic courses in London and Tokyo.