What are the Kayak classes?
KL3: The KL3 class is for paddlers with an impairment impacting their lower body, who use leg function, trunk and arm function for paddling. Paddlers can apply force to the foot board or the seat to propel the boat. Paddlers may typically meet one of the following:
• Limb loss or deficiency: Amputee or loss of function at least a tarsal metatarsal amputation of the foot,
• Loss of muscle strength: In lower limb(s) eg equivalent to incomplete spinal cord injury at S1 or the loss of ten muscle grade points on one limb or fifteen points across two limbs
• Impaired range of motion: In lower limb(s) eg joint fusion
KL2: The KL2 class is for paddlers who have good use of the arms, but partial leg and trunk function. They are unable to apply continuous and controlled force to the footboard or seat to propel the boat and have limited leg movement during paddline. Paddlers may typically meet at least one of the following:
• Limb loss or deficiency equivalent to double above leg amputation,
• Significant muscle strength loss in both legs equivalent to complete spinal cord injury at L3 level, or an incomplete lesion at L1
• Impaired range of motion: In lower limbs and trunk
KL1: The KL1 class is for paddlers who have very limited or no trunk function and no leg function. An KL1 class paddler is able to apply force predominantly using the arms and/or shoulders. These athletes will likely also have poor sitting balanc and typically need a seat with a high backrest.Eligible paddlers typically meet one of the following:
• Impaired range of motion
• Loss of muscle strength equivalent to spinal cord injury complete at T12 level.
– View below fact sheet about Paracanoe classification (updated version coming).
– Request a classification, using the Get Classified form.