How do you compete?
In this sport, the competition route is about 250 meters long and has 18 to 254 gates as a maximum, six or eight of them being lifts (ascent).
The downstream gates are green, while the lift gates are red. Competitors must pass between them without touching them. If the boat, the paddle or the athlete's body touches the doorpost, it will be penalized with two additional seconds to the athlete's time. If the athlete misses a door, 50 seconds will be added. The total time of the athlete's performance will be composed of the time in which the route is completed plus the times for sanctions.
Some courses have fast currents and facing them requires great energy, while others may have slower currents that involve more skill and maneuvers for the athlete. For this reason, athletes can compete in kayak or canoe.
In the kayak, the competitor is sitting, using a two-bladed paddle, which alternately paddles from side to side. In canoe, the athlete uses a single blade paddle, and sits on his bent knees, while stroking on his left or right side.