Slalom Training at Manchester Canoe Club

The club has approximately twenty training gates permanently hung over the river. These can be used for casual use by members at any time. Floodlighting of the site at night means it can be used all year round.
We have a number of formal and informal training sessions throughout the week. Some open to all and others are closed groups. To express your interest in slalom please contact Mark Davies at and/or visit our ‘Manchester Canoe Club’ or ‘MCC Slalom’ Facebook pages.

Open sessions are those that coincide with the Tuesday evening (7:30 pm onwards) and Sunday morning (10 am to 12) general club sessions. During these sessions the river will be shared with other club paddlers so some communication between paddlers will be needed to agree on which part of the site will be used for slalom.

The Thursday 7:30 pm onwards session is just for slalom. This Thursday session is organised by the coaches/experienced paddlers on the night and depending upon the numbers attending, the training can be done in one, two or three groups, using separate sections of the river.

All these sessions are open to anyone. You can train in any kind of boat, no matter what kind of boat it is. The club also has a number of different sized junior and adult Carbon/Kevlar slalom boats available, besides the general purpose boats, for hire at standard club rates by club members. Of course some of the top paddlers will be training quite intensively (when not chatting in the eddies), but we will always make room for all abilities.

Closed sessions are those run by our club slalom coaches and include the following sessions:

  • Monday evening 7:30 to 8:30 all year. This is targeted at Div 2 paddlers and beyond and is run in two groups by Ashlee Dack and Tom Carlisle.
  • Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 7:30 is the Marlins. This is aimed at junior paddlers, Division 4 (beginner) to Division 3 paddlers. Equipment, including boat, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet and deck is provided and weekly, all year round coaching. Paddlers are divided up into one of three coaching groups depending on skill level. A £40 biannual subscription is required for the Marlins.  See the Introduction to the Marlins for more details.

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