Rules for Whitewater Slalom Racing

In Slalom Racing, paddlers have to navigate the kayak or canoe through pairs of poles, called "gates", set up over the challenging rapids, waves, eddies and currents on a 300m stretch of rough water. If the paddler touches one of the poles, or misses a gate altogether, penalty times are added to the time achieved by the competitor on that run. They are single kayak (K) events, for men and women, and canoe events, also for men and women, in single (C1) and double boats (C2). There are also team events.

Detailed Rules can be found at the International Canoe Federation site:

2011 Canoe Slalom Rules (latest ed)

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Equipment Registration & New Standards Requirements for 2011/2012

The introduction of the new 2011 Rules for Canoe Slalom (CSL) changes the requirements for Personal Protective Equipment to be used in ICF CSL Competitions.

More specifically, the new rules require that helmets and personal flotation devices (buoyancy jackets) meet ISO standards as implemented in countries around the world. See Rule 19 in the CSL rules. From 1st January 2012 full compliance with the new rules will be compulsory and only items listed on the ICF register list will be permitted.

For more details and link to the registry list please follow: 

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