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What is Slalom?


The Olympic discipline of canoe slalom is contested on a whitewater course with athletes navigating through a combination of 18-24 upstream(red) and downstream(green) gates.  Athletes have to navigate their canoe or kayak through 300m of whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. A 2-second penalty is given for a touched gate, and if the gate is missed completely there is a 50-second penalty. Male athletes compete in three classes: Kayak (K1), Single Canoe (C1) and Double Canoe (C2). Women compete in kayak (K1W) and Single Canoe (C1W). Canoe Slalom, listed then on the Olympic program as "whitewater slalom", made its debut during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany and did not reappear until the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain.




  • Slalom Olympians
  • Slalom National Teams
    • 2018
    • 2017

Youth Development

  • Jr. National Team
  • PaddleStar
  • RacerQuest


Slalom Paddling Clubs

  • To be listed


Racing Rules


Selection Criteria

  • Pan American Games
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics

High Performance Plan



  • ACA Board of Directors
    • Competition Council
      • Slalom Committee
        • High Performance, sub-committee
        • Slalom Coaches, sub-committee
        • Slalom Officials, sub-committee
        • Event Planning, sub-committee

National Office Staff (Job Descriptions and Application Process will be posted in mid-October)

  • Director of High Performance & Competition
    • Slalom High Performance Manager
      • Slalom National Team Coach
      • Slalom Development Team Coach



more Event Calendar

10/18/2017 » 10/22/2017
ACA National Paddlesports Conference - 2017

10/20/2017 » 10/22/2017
State Director Conference

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ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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