JS Indicative Water Gradings for Slalom Courses
These gradings are more about comparisons than about absolutes: thus ‘if you can paddle on xxx you can also paddle on xxx’.
Some of these courses would need to be printed as a grade-range, leaving coaches/paddlers/parents to find out what water-levels are like at the time of the race.
Even courses that are usually easy can become dangerous in exceptional high water conditions. If in doubt, seek advice or stay off the water.
A: Pool or otherwise completely flat water, without enough current to affect the boat.
B: Slightly moving water, giving some eddy-lines, but not enough to worry paddlers; and with at the most one small drop which paddlers simply have to run down.
C: Faster current, sharper eddy-lines, some drops that can be intimidating, possible to set crosses on small waves, often rocky.
D: ‘Real’ slalom water. Beginners will need some practise to handle this, and some bravery simply to paddle down it.
E: The most difficult courses in the UK.
|A||Aberfeldy when low|
|Darlington Dolphin Centre|
|Howsham Weir below the chute|
|Frome Market Yard|
|Tees (start pool)|
|B||Aberfeldy when high|
|Bala Mill below the Falls|
|Langham Farm (low)|
|Llandysul when low|
|Matlock when low|
|Middleton-in-Teesdale when low|
|Mile End Mill when low|
|Nene below the drop|
|Shepperton at low levels|
|C||Abbey Rapids when low|
|Langham Farm (high)|
|Lee Valley Legacy Course|
|Llandysul when high|
|Matlock when high|
|Middleton-in-Teesdale when high|
|Mile End Mill when high|
|Nene WW course|
|D||Abbey Rapids when high|
|Bala Mill: the Falls|
|Grandtully when medium/low|
|The Graveyard, the Tryweryn|
|Holme Pierrepont avoiding the features|
|Serpent’s Tail when quite low|
|Shepperton at medium/high levels|
|The Ski-Slope, Tryweryn on 9 cumecs|
|Grandtully when high|
|Holme Pierrepont using the features|
|Lee Valley Olympic Course|
|Serpent’s Tail when high|
|The Ski-Slope, Tryweryn on 12 cumecs|