Scottish Schools – Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019

On behalf of CR Cats, I would like to welcome everyone to our slalom site on the River Devon, Alva for this year’s Division 3/4 and Scottish Schools Championship Slalom.

I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend. If you have any queries, please e-mail

Here is all the information as a PDF for printing – Alva Slalom – Scottish Schools 2019


The slalom site is on the River Devon between Fishcross and Alva (Map OS Reference is NS894960).

If coming from Alva on the A91, turn right once you have left Alva (signposted Fishcross). The slalom site is on the left hand side with the entrance set back of the road before the slalom site.  Look for a telegraph pole with a small white sign and an orange round traffic mirror.

If coming from Kincardine Bridge, follow signs for Sterling Mills on the A908 but turn left at Fishcross onto the B9140 and then first right signposted for the Equestrian Centre.

If using SATNAV, use postcode FK10 3AW (This is on the other side of the river but within sight of the slalom site).

We also now appear on Google Maps search “CR CATS Canoe Club”


There is camping in the field (£2.50 per person per night).

For those not camping, parking is £1 help cover the costs of the toilets.

There is a water supply and there will be toilet facilities.

Please park cars on perimeter of field and leave space in the middle for the kids to play.

There will be a cafe serving food, drinks and cakes from breakfast onwards on Saturday and Sunday.

In common with many events we are trying to reduce our environmental impact, so please bring a reusable mug for hot drinks. Reusable Scottish Schools water bottles at £4 each will be available to buy, we will also be happy to serve water/ diluting juice in your own water bottles.

Course and Entries

Friday : Free practice from 3 p.m.

Saturday : Div 3/4 and Scottish Schools Championships K1M & K1W Event Starts 12:00

Sunday : Div 3/4 and Scottish Schools Championships C1M, C1W & C2 Event Starts 11:00

PLEASE enter online and PLEASE put your school in the SPONSOR field. See:  Entries will be accepted on the day until 11am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday but it would be much easier for our stress if paddlers entered on line.

If you enter and then find you can’t come, we will refund your entry.

For paddlers ranked in Prem, Div 1 or Div 2, please enter and pay online in the OPEN event. PLEASE bring your own bib. If you are racing in Division 3 or Division 4, your entry will automatically be included in the Scottish Schools at no extra cost.


Div 3 and 4 : 1st, , 2nd, 3rd and junior prizes

Scottish Schools

K1 Men & K1 Women 1st J18, 1st J16, 1st J14, 1st J12 , 1st 10, 1st J8 (J8 and J10 dependent on entries)

C1 Men & C1 Woment 1st J18, 1st J15, 1st J12

C2 1st J18, 1st J15, 1st J12

Teams 1st Club (3 paddlers – must contain a combination of K1, C1, man and woman)

Best Club
Best Primary School
Best Secondary School

Paddlers are eligible to win more than 1 age category e.g. If a J-16 paddler beats all the J-18 competitors then he/she will win both J-16 and J-18 titles.

For the overall trophies, the points are calculated for each class and category i.e.

K1M J18 J16 J14 J12 J10 K1W J18 J16 J14 J12 J10

C1M J18 J15 J12 C1W J18 J15 J12

C2 J18 J15 J12



Points are calculated in the same way as Divisional ranking points as (100 –100/entrants*Position-1)


Position/ Entrants 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16 18 20
1 to 5 100 80 60 40 20
6 100 83 67 50 33 17
7 100 86 71 57 43 29 14
10 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10
15 100 93 87 80 73 67 60 53 47 40 27 13
20 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 45 35 25 15 5


On the day

For Div 4 Paddlers: Come to the entries tent. Here you will either tell us your SCA number, or completed day membership for the SCA (£5) and get allocated your bib number. We will also be accepting on the day entries for Div 4 at this desk.

For Div 3 Paddlers & All other paddlers. If you have entered online and paid for everything and have your bib. Have fun, you don’t need to come to control! If you do need to come, find the main entries desk.

TEAM run entries will be taken at lunchtime on the Saturday.

NEW for 2019 – Practice

Scottish Schools is a special event in that we have novice paddlers up to Prem paddlers all paddling the same course.

However this can mean that the water can get very congested during practice and can be intimidating for some of the younger paddlers. So following up for feedback last year, this year we are going to trial separate practice times. On Saturday practice from 9-10:30 will be free practice for Div 3 and 4 paddlers only; from 10:30-11:30 the course will be
open to everyone. We would plan to do the same on Sunday (but an hour earlier), but will confirm once we have seen how Saturday has gone.

There will be no official practice runs.

Provisional Start Times

Saturday (Div 3/4 and Scottish Schools Kayak)

Open Practice Div 3 &4 – 9:00-10:30
Open Practice for all – 10:30-11:30

First run – 12:00
Second Run – 14:00

Team runs after the end of second runs

Sunday (Div 3/4 and Scottish Schools C1 and C2s)

First runs – 11:00
Second runs – 13:00

Because C2 and C1s are being shared, Canadian competitors need to space out their runs and will be slotted throughout the programme. Please pay attention listen out for announcement about classes to start competing – especially on the

Please work out which other competitors you are sharing a boat with!


Please can I remind you that competitors who finish their run must stay on the water to act as safety for the next two Competitors.