Athlete with arms raised in celebration whilst sitting in kayak


Special Olympics kayaking is a flat-water racing event where athletes compete either on their own or as a pair with another athlete. Kayaking is one of the newest Special Olympics sports.

It requires fundamental abilities in order to be safe and successful. Every athlete aims to travel through a specific water distance paddling on his/ her own achieving the best possible time. Special Olympics Kayaking uses touristic-type boats  that are more stable than professional flat-water racing kayaks. Additionally, Special Olympics requires all athletes to pass a swimming test before races and requires that all Special Olympics athletes wear a personal flotation device during race.

Kayaking Rules
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