Competition & Fitness
From the explosive power needed for Canoe Sprint, to the endurance required to tackle a Canoe Marathon event, the world of canoeing offers you a wide range of competitive disciplines, each providing its own specific challenges and health benefits.
It means whatever you’re looking for, there’s a type of canoeing to suit you. For example:
- Canoe Slalom calls for speed and precision
- Canoe Freestyle is like gymnastics in a kayak
- Canoe Polo combines paddling and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as important as the speed and fitness of the individual athletes
Whichever discipline you choose, it will provide great health benefits. All paddlesports provide a great, low-impact workout and help improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility. You can push yourself as hard as you want or take part as a fun, social hobby. You can set your own personal challenges, use the sport to help improve your fitness or take part in competitions and climb through the national ranks, maybe even representing your country one day!
The best way to find out more about a specific discipline is to visit your local canoe club. Most clubs will cater for a number of different disciplines and club members will have a wealth of knowledge on where to go and what to do in your local area.