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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 (K1M), Single Canoe (C1M) and Mixed Double Canoe (C2Mix). Female athletes also compete in three classes: kayak (K1W), Single Canoe (C1W), and Mixed Double Canoe (C2Mix). 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.


In the previous Olympics, the USA has had 1 Gold Medal (C2M), 2 Silver Medals (K1W) and 2 Bronze Medals (C1M & K1W) in Slalom.









A Letter to all ACA Competition Members (PDF)


Racing Rules:

  • Racing Rules - 2018 (PDF)



  •  Complete all three (3) modules of SafeSport:
  •  Submit Staff/Volunteer Code of Conduct (PDF)
  •  Successfully pass the NCIS Background Check (Link)
  •  Will register my whereabouts with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) while traveling for international events at:  


  • Complete and submit the ACA Volunteer and Staff Selection Procedures Form (PDF)
  • Submit Staff/Volunteer Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Complete all three (3) modules of SafeSport:
  • Successfully pass the NCIS Background Check (PDF)
  • Will register my whereabouts with the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) while traveling for international events at:
  • Background Check (Link)


Slalom Paddling Clubs:

  • Nantahala Racing Club: Bryson City, NC (NRC)
  • Mach 1 Slalom Team: State College, PA (Mach1)
  • Potomac Whitewater Racing Center: Potomac, MD (PWRC)
  • Durango Whitewater: Durango, CO. (DW)
  • Team Colorado: Colorado Front Range. (TC)


High Performance Plans:

  • 2019 (in development)
  • 2018


In Memory Of:


  • First Coach of U.S. Whitewater Team - Jay Evans



Reporting Abuse or Misconduct:


To report forms of misconduct or abuse, such as sexual, emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment, please report via: 



Support the Slalom Community:

  • Donate to Slalom (online)
  • Charitable Travel Contributions (webpage)




  • ACA Board of Directors
    • Competition Council
      • Slalom Committee
        • Slalom Coaches, sub-committee
        • Slalom Officials, sub-committee
        • Event Planning, sub-committee
        • Club Presidents, sub-committee
        • Slalom Olympians, sub-committee


National Office Staff: 

  • Director of High Performance & Competition: Morgan House
    • Slalom High Performance Manager: vacant



more Event Calendar

SEIC Meeting

3/2/2019 » 3/3/2019
ACA Board of Directors Meeting

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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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