STYLES OF KAYAKING
Slalom is the Olympic sport that involves racing down a river while navigating through up and downstream gates. The RCC competes in provincial competitions and is always looking for new talent to train for competition.
For those who enjoy team sports and are looking to further your skills on the water, Canoe Polo is the sport for you. Polo is similar to other team sports in that 5 players (including the goalie) per side attempt to throw the ball into opposing teams net 2M above the water. The SPC plays in Sundre ponds in the summer and Olds pool in the winter along with traveling to play teams in the surrounding area. Polo is a great way to learn more advanced skills including stability strokes, rolling, pivoting among many others.
Freestyle involves paddling the shortest kayaks available on one of the most entertaining features of the river, the standing (stationary) wave. Standing waves occur when the current meets an obstruction to create one continuous wave. This allows paddlers the ability to paddle a wave for as long as they want to attempt a variety of tricks similar to other extreme sports.