What is Para Canoe Kayak?

Para Canoe races are contested in two types of disciplines, Kayak (k) and Va’a (V).

A two bladed paddle propels the kayak and a single bladed paddle propels Va’a.

A va’a is an outrigger canoe, which has an ama (pontoon) as a support float.

Both kayak and va’a have three different classes impairment, which is determined in a classification process. KL1, KL2, KL3 for kayak and VL1, VL2, VL3 for va’a.

para canoe Va'a boat with outrigger
Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada

Robin Thomson


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