If you are ranked in Division 1, 2
or 3 you can
enter races for the next Division up from your own. Take the
opportunity to experience bigger water and compare yourself with
You can do this for fun, to try a course that your own division
won't get to race on, to develop your skills, or - if you're developing so
fast that you're already good enough for that next division - it can be an
alternative route to promotion: beat 40% of the higher-division paddlers in
your class at three races and you can claim promotion. The higher division
class must be quorate, that's to say there must be at least 5 higher
division paddlers racing. Beating 40% is a tough target, especially
in the higher divisions.
For 2013 a “paddle up” achievement (beating 40% of the field at a
next-div-up race) can be counted as equivalent to a maximum-points score.
So you can claim promotion for any of:
Three maximum-points scores
Two maximum-points scores and a paddle up achievement
One maximum-points score and two paddle up achievements
Three paddle up achievements
(or of course) achieving the points target for promotion
no "paddle up points". You keep your own record, and if you achieve
one of the
targets above you
can apply to the higher division's Bib Officer, listing the races where
the results were achieved. Send in your old bib, personal details
(preferably on a bib application form) and an envelope for your new bib,
you would for a normal promotion. Bib Officers and Ranking Compilers will
not be keeping lists of Paddle Up results, but they will have copies of
the race results to check.
Don't forget that you can judge, and get a
race in the Officials' event, at the same higher division races and pay no
entry fee at all - but you can't count that towards a "paddle up" promotion.
When you can and can't "paddle
You can't usually "paddle up"
at a combined divisions
event, where you are in the lower division and the two
divisions race on the same course. For instance, at
Div 2/3 race you can't usually paddle as a Div 3 and again as a
"paddle up" competitor - but if your result in the lower division
race is good enough and the course is the same you
can count that towards a "paddle up" promotion.
If the two divisions race
on different courses or on different days (as at some Prem/1
races and rarely at 1/2 and 2/3 races) you can
enter the higher-division race as a "paddle up" entry - and
you can't claim your
lower-division result towards a "paddle up" promotion.
You can't "paddle up" if you are not a ranked paddler, or if you are in Division 4
- but you can use a good
result as a judge or a guest to claim a place in one of the
Get your entry in
at least two weeks before the race,
because higher division paddlers have priority if the limit of competitors
is reached. You have to pay the same entry fee as the higher division
paddlers, and you are part of the same race with them - same timing, same
judges. They will be racing in descending bib order, and you and any other
paddle-uppers will go just before them according to your bib numbers.
If you race in the lower division at a
combined-divisions event (a Prem/1, 1/2 or 2/3) and beat 40% of the higher
division paddlers you can count that toward promotion but you must have
raced on the same course on the same day so most Prem/1s won't count.
Take your own bib - most organisers will
want you to use it.