There are 5 official sprint regattas every year (3 normal, 1 inter-club competition, 1 individual national championships).
Sprint racing takes place on a straight course divided in lanes, on calm water. The distances recognised by the ICF for international races are 200m, 500m, and 1000m. Each boat has its own designated lane, except for races over more than 1000 m, where there also may be turning points. For each race a number of heats, semi-finals and a final may be necessary, depending on the number of competitors.
Paddlers are individually ranked based on ability, and race within their own ability division, except at the individual championships where races are held within age categories.