For a paddler to be eligible to compete in Paddle Australia (PA) and International Paracanoe events, each athlete must be classified under the ICF Classification guidelines. The below information is for athletes and supporters who wish to find out more about the classification system or are preparing for a classification evaluation.
The Paddle Australia system of classification aims to place athletes into classes according to how much their impairment impacts on the core determinants of success in canoeing. Paddle Australia recognizes six (6) sports classes for paracanoe in the International pathway, with these being KL1, KL2, KL3, VL1, VL2 and VL3.
*Classification is not required for general participation in sport and recreation.