|Governing Body:||International Canoe Federation (ICF)|
The entries in the IOF recognized competition can only be made through the National Federation. It must contain the following:-
The competitors must be on the water at the starting point, in not less than five minutes before the said starting time of the race.
In races up to 1000 meters, the participants must keep the whole of their boat from the start to the finish of the course within the four-meter wide central area of their lane. In case of any deviation, the boat must immediately go back to the central area of the lane. No boat must come closer than five meters in any direction to the boat of another competitor - that is, gunwale to gunwale or bow to stern.
If a boat leaves the centre of the lane and does not return back to the said lane, it may be disqualified from the event.