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International Paracanoe Classification

With the inclusion of Paracanoe into the Paralympic programme from 2016, the classification of impairments were restructured in February 2015. Athletes wishing to join the performance programme must meet the below criteria in order to compete on an international scale.

Paracanoe Classifications

For the Paralympic kayak competition (K1) there are three classes for both men and women.

For non-Paralympic events, there is also a classification for Va'as, an outrigger canoe which is propelled by a single blade paddle. At an international level, all non-Paralympic competitions have Va'a events and they use the same classification system but instead are named VL1, VL2, VL3. 

More information on classification can be found on the ICF website here.