Sharing many similarities with the sport in general, paracanoe incorporates both the canoe and kayak disciplines, providing people with a physical or intellectual impairment with the opportunity to enjoy the sport at a club, state, and national level and for physical impairment to international level.

At the grass roots level, the craft and paddles may be the same, however modifications can be utilised where necessary to enhance each person’s ability to participate.  At the recreational level, there are options of single craft and double craft, however single craft are currently the only option in international competition.

Physical impairments are encompassed into racing at the international level by the ICF and the IVF, whilst intellectual impairments have been encompassed within the Special Olympics framework.

The aim of Paracanoe is to propel a boat across the water to the best of your ability and at the competitive level this would be as quickly as possible.