Slalom kayaking is a competitive type of kayaking
, in which one navigates around Slalom course in the fastest time possible. A slalom course is a set of gates arranged on a stretch of water, which is usually moving water, or even whitewater
including obstacles such as rocks. The gates are pairs of coloured poles, suspended vertically above the water, which the competitor attempts to pass between without touching. The gates must be navigated both downstream and upstream - at one time it was required that some gates be passed through in reverse.
In proper slalom competitions, only Slalom Kayaks are allowed.