Nelo has been a pionner promoting ergonomic solutions for our boats, and even creating model ranges to fit the athletes perfectly, so the Paracanoe was a challenge we embraced.

From the start the aim has been to be close to the paddlers and coaches and understand their challenges and needs, and then introducing solutions in the boats that will allow them in the future to feel more comfortable and in the end paddle faster.

Viper 55The Viper 55 is a fast, yet stable Fitness Kayak. It can be used in flat or wavy conditions, and for cool paddles as for winter training for sprint paddlers in more bumpy waters. This wide range of applications makes it perfect for Paracanoe, as the athletes depending on their level will find an easy way to take the best out of this boat. For those that are being introduced to the sport just now, the Viper 60 also presents itself as a good option as it will allow them to have more confidence as they develop their skills

The line of fittings is being created and will not stop here. We hope that this page will turn out to be a meeting point and a start point for the continuous development of those fittings and specs that will allow this discipline of our Sport to spread and be one more option for many disabled athletes.

Paracanoe Paracanoe gives opportunities for paddlers with physical disabilities to participate and compete at club, national and international level. Working on the development of the sport for over four years, the Canoeing For All Committee, has improved and expanded the sport manifold and we see more and more athletes competing and enjoying Paracanoe around the world.


Paracanoe competiton now spans not only World Championships and continental competitions, but starting in 2016 also as a Paralympic event.

Races include the Women's and Men's 200m for athletes in the Legs Trunks and Arms category, the K2 200m for athletes in the Trunks and Arms or Arms only categories, and the V2 200m for athletes in any category. At the moment there are only K1 and V1 races open to Paracanoeists at International competition, but this may change as the sport expands.

  M W M W M W
K1 200m Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
V1 200m Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K2 200m*     Yes Yes
V2 200m*     Yes Yes

*Mixed gender



LTA - Legs, Trunk and Arms

The LTA class is for paddlers with a disability who have functional use of their legs, trunk and arms for paddling, and who can apply force to the foot board or the seat to propel the boat.
Eligible LTA paddlers may typically have a minimum disability equivalent to one of the following:

  • Amputee
  • Neurological Impairment equivalent to incomplete lesion at S1
  • Cerebral Palsy Class 8 (CPISRA)

TA - Trunk and Arms

The TA class is for paddlers who have functional use of the trunk and arms. They are unable to apply continuous and controlled force to the footboard or seat to propel the boat due to significantly weakened function of the lower limbs.
Eligible TA paddlers may typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:

  • Bilateral around knee amputation, or significantly impaired quadriceps, or
  • Neurological impairment equivalent to a complete lesion at L3 level, or an incomplete lesion at L1, or
  • Combination of the above such as one leg with around knee amputation and one leg with significant quadriceps impairment; or
  • Classification by the international sports federation for paddlers with cerebral palsy (CPISRA) as eligible to be in CP Class 5.

A - Shoulder only

The A class is for paddlers who have no trunk function (i.e. shoulder function only). An A class paddler is able to apply force predominantly using the arms and/or shoulders. These athletes will likely also have poor sitting balance.
Eligible paddlers may typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy Class 4 (CP-ISRA); or
  • Neurological Impairment with a complete lesion at T12 level, or an incomplete lesion at T10.


Source: International Canoe Federation

More information about the Paracanoe discipline on the ICF website.

Fernando Fernandes

2010 Sprint World Champion | K1 200m

Fernando Fernandes "(...) the feeling of sitting on the water side by side and equal to any other human being gave me an inexplicable feeling."

Carla Ferreira

Paracanoe TV Report Fernando Fernandes e Carla Ferreira Tv Report (Portuguese)

Portuguese Paracanoe Champion

"When I'm in the water, I feel the same as everyone else."

Madeira's Ocean Training Center

Afonso Henriques Madeira's Ocean Training Center received a brand new Viper 55, destined to Afonso Henriques, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. This was the incentive the athlete need to achive new levels, ultimately competition. "A sincere thanks to NELO for the haste with wich they showed for this support."

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