Sorry for the delay but we now have dates organised for winter training (see below) – basically it is the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month.

To attend please let us know that you are coming (as a paddler or coach/assistant) by emailing (which goes to Karen Crowhurst) in advance with your name and if paddling your division. We need to know this so we can plan groups, make sure we have enough coaches/safety, and so we can let you know of ay late change of plans due to river levels.
If you are unsure whether a training venue is suitable for you please speak to your club coach.

We also need those attending to complete and return our Yorkshire Slalom Code of Conduct and YS Safety Info Sheet – these need to be renewed each year as as we haven’t run any training events for a while everyone needs to do this before attending a training day. Please send these to Karen Crowhurst -details on the sheets.

Training dates and venues:

Sun 6th Feb – Sowerby Bridge

Sun 20th Feb – cancelled

Sun 27th Feb – Marple

Sat 5 th March – Oughtibridge  *** extra date ***


4-8 April – Grandtully, Scotland
We’ll be doing training this week between the Prem and Div 1 races at Tully. This is focused on paddlers who will be travelling up there for these races.

We also intend to run training around the summer Grandtully races too. We’ll confirm as soon as we can.

As you know, unfortunately John Sturgess passed away at home on the 8th January 2021 after a short illness.

We have just been informed that John’s cremation will be held at the Skipton Crematorium BD23 3BT at 2.40 pm on Friday 5th February. Obviously in the current situation attendance is severely limited. Yorkshire Slalom will be represented, but it will not be possible for all those that would wish to attend to be there.  Arrangements have been made to Live Webcast the ceremony. The following details have been provided by the undertakers. 

You will find below the Username and Password for this Live Webcast along with the times it will be available to view. Please distribute this username and password to family and friends. They will be able to login to our website at any time to view a Test Webcast which we recommend they do in plenty of time before the service, during the service window they will be automatically redirected to the Live Webcast of the service.

              Username          Niti1178             

              Password           073354

              Service Date      Friday 05th February     

              Service Time      2:40pm

              Service Viewing Time     2:35pm – 3:25pm           


Once the viewing window has passed the Live Webcast will then automatically close and a message will appear saying “This funeral service has now finished”. It will be available after 12th February until 17th March using the same login details.  

The family do intend a larger event once restrictions are lifted, so there will be an opportunity for every one to remember John later in the year. We are collecting memories and anecdotes about John – see the details in the link below.

John – Obituary

We want to make sure that those coming into or interested in slalom in the region know about Yorkshire Slalom and get involved.
I’ve created the poster below and need your help to get it out there by:
  • sharing the photo into your club’s facebook group/page
  • printing it out and putting it up in your club
  • printing it out and putting it up at your slalom

YS poster – PDF version

YS Poster – Jpeg version


close up of a hand with weight

This is the fifth time we have put on a dry training day. The aim is to help ensure you have the knowledge to train off the water as part of you winter training..

Who is it for:  The day is open to all slalom paddlers of all ages, their parents and coaches working with Yorkshire Slalom.

Parents are requested to stay with paddlers especially as some of this information is to help you support them, and avoids repeated questions later on. (You may be able to join in some practical sessions if you wish and there is space)

Cost:  Yorkshire Region are funding this course so it is FREE to attend for Yorkshire Paddlers and parents. All of the coaches and session leaders have volunteered their time.  Without their skills, knowledge and dedication to the sport we wouldn’t be able to put this event on. They are happy to answer questions so don’t be afraid to ask.

Content:  We are covering physical training that you will be able to do off the water to improve your strength and power for racing as well as looking at some other important areas (mental preparation, anti-doping).

We have tried to ensure much of the content is different to the previous year, so it is not just a repeat for those that attended last year.

Please be aware that sessions are a mix of theory and practical, although we will try and make all sessions as interactive as possible.

Event Details

16/17 November 2019

Once again Yorkshire Slalom is booking exclusive water time on both courses over the weekend.
To better manage numbers and space on the Olympic course we will only have a maximum of 20 paddlers on the course in each session. To ensure that we can fit in everyone that we expect to want to book places we have booked additional water time, therefore Olympic paddlers will be allocated to either group A or Group B sessions.

This is suitable for paddlers in Prem to Div 2, and may be suitable for competent Div 3 paddlers (on the Legacy course). If you are unsure whether this is a suitable training camp for you, please speak to your club coaches.

Full details and bookings available here

The England Slalom Talent Programme have been working with the Teeside White Water centre in order to identify additional opportunities for access in order to increase white water exposure for our athletes based in the Northern region. A number of exclusive slots of the centre at times beyond the normal opening/operating hours’ have been negotiated, thus increasing access available.

The costs will be £5 per athlete per session and this will be subject to review. To run more sessions we have to evidence that there is demand from slalom focused groups in the North, as a result we will be opening the below sessions up for any non Talent Programme boats to access this water (see access conditions below), this is in an effort to help better cover these costs and extend this access further in the future.

For more details and to book onto into a slot please email on weekdays between the hours of 08:30 – 16:30pm. Please note: Payment will need to be made prior to attending the session.

The first block of sessions available to book are listed below:

Date Session Time
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:00 11:00
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:00 12:00
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:00 14:00
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 14:00 15:00
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:00 11:00
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:00 12:00
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:00 14:00
Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:00 15:00
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:00 11:00
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:00 12:00
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00 14:00
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00 15:00
Sun, 03 Mar 2019 10:00 11:00
Sun, 03 Mar 2019 11:00 12:00
Sun, 03 Mar 2019 13:00 14:00
Sun, 03 Mar 2019 14:00 15:00

Access Conditions:

  • Paddlers have to be members of British Canoeing.
  • Access is for Slalom training only.
  • Access is granted to these sessions provided that users agree to abide by all relevant and applicable British Canoeing rules, regulations and codes of conduct and relevant Tee Side White Water Centre user regulations, access standards and agreements.
  • Paddler must be in Div 2 or above (updated on 27 Nov)
  • It is the responsibility of the paddler to follow the appropriate safety precautions and to provide their own coaching assistance at these sessions.
  • Session costs are £5 per athlete, this will need to be paid in advance of the session (via contacting
  • The session cost will be due at the point of booking and payable only by bank transfer.
  • Capacity per slot is limited to 30 boats.

Download Full Details

For a while I have been putting out information about and getting interest from people about doing the new British canoeing Slalom Coach Award. I have quite a list of people interested, but I’m sending this to all in case anyone has missed the previous information.

We now have courses arranged for the first stage of the training, and agreed funding from Yorkshire Slalom to help support those that want to do the courses.

Click HERE for Full Details of the courses and the Slalom Coach Award

If there is demand, we will set up additional Core Training courses, and we’ll be setting up Slalom Discipline Specific training as soon as we can.



Hi all

Unfortunately Yorkshire Water are not able to provide water releases for the Div 2 race on 15/16 September 2018. So we are going to have to cancel the race. I’m afraid we have to accept that while we have had some rain, it was still below the monthly average for rainfall in July, after 2 months of virtually no rain in May and June. In such circumstances a release is going to be unlikely.

I know this is disappointing and frustrating, but its completely outside of our control.

Thanks to all those who had already volunteered their time to help run the event.


Washburn Races

As you will be aware we have races coming up as follows:

  • 30 June /1 July – Div 2 and Open
  • 21/22 July  – Div 1

If you are able to help out in any way please contact Esther to let her know and volunteer your preference for what you would like to do. As ever, we need Judges, course builders, control people, kitchen people, safety people, people to pack up on Sunday etc etc for both events.

As usual we will be on site from Friday morning each weekend (from 9:30am) building the course and setting up marquees etc.

Yorkshire Slalom Meeting

I suggest we have a meeting after prize giving on Saturday 24th June (div 2 weekend).  All involved or interested in Yorkshire Slalom are welcome.

Summer Training Camps

  • Fairnilee – 8th – 10th August (just before the Div 2/3 events)
  • Grandtully – 13 – 17 August (between Fairnilee Div 2/3 & Grandtully Div 2)
  • Grandtully – 20 – 24 August (between the Grandtully Div 2/3 & Div 1)

If you are going to be at these training weeks and want coaching we need to know asap (if you haven’t already done so). Please email with your name and division.

Lee Valley Weekend
As you may have seen on the facebook group the dates of our Lee Valley training weekend is 10/11 November. The weekend will be a  similar format to previous years with training slots on both the Olympic and Legacy courses. Full details and booking info will come out in September, but wanted to share the dates as I know people like to get their accommodation sorted early.
(Note if you are wondering whether to travel down on Friday evening or Saturday am, the first Olympic slots will be at 9 and 10 on Sat morning, the first Legacy session will be at 12noon on Saturday).

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Happy paddling!


Les Ford