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Do you fancy getting into canoeing?
If you're on the lookout for an action-packed sport and don't mind getting wet, canoeing could be perfect for you.

Check out our guide to getting involved.


The sport
There are two types of canoeing races - flat water (or sprint) and slalom.

In slalom, competitors must negotiate 25 gates through a turbulent 300m-500m course.

If a competitor touches a gate they incur five penalty points. The winner has the best combination of fastest time and lowest or no penalty points.

Equipment
There are two types of canoes used at the games - the Canadian and the kayak.

Canadian canoes can be used for both flat water and slalom racing, and are paddled from a kneeling position using a single-bladed paddle.

Kayaks are propelled from a seated position, using a long, double-bladed paddle. They also have a rudder for flat water racing.


Getting started
If you want to get into canoeing, why not get in touch with British Canoe Union? They'll put you in touch with your nearest club.

British Canoe Union
John Dudderidge House
Adbolton Lane
West Bridgford
Notts
NG2 5AS
Tel: 0115 982 1100
Fax: 0115 982 1797
Email: paul.owen@bcu.org.uk



Get involved
Contact: British Canoe Union
Tel: 0115 982 1100
Fax: 0115 982 1797
Email: paul.owen@bcu.org.uk

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