In Flatwater Sprint Racing events, paddlers race on a straight course, each boat in a separate lane, over three different distances being 200m, 500m & 1000m. This form of racing became an Olympic discipline in 1936 and its programme includes events over 200m and 1000m for men and 200m and 500m for women.


There are kayak events, for men and women, in single (K1), double (K2) and four-person boats (K4). Canoe events (C1, C2 and C4) are an extensive part of the international programme but are currently not offered widely in New Zealand.

In a kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single blade paddle. In our NZ sprint regattas we currently focus on the K1, K2 and K4 (seated) events.

In our New Zealand regattas we cater for all age groups from Tyros (aged 13 and under) right through to Masters. As well as the straight sprint events we also offer a 5000m circuit race and throw in a few fun races as well with mixed team boats and relays. In the winter we also run a longer distance 10km series which is hosted by clubs around the country and culminates in the 10km championships.