Flatwater kayak racing is an extremely fast sport requiring paddlers to have a good level of expertise. Racing kayaks (also known as sprint boats) are lightweight and can be up to 6.2 m (20 ft) in length – with narrow beams built for speed.
Flatwater kayaking has been an Olympic sport since 1936. World Championships were held in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 2009 and Welland hosted the 2013 Junior and Under23 World Championships.
Flatwater kayak racing hosted at WIFC can include K1, K2 and K4 races. Courses for men and women cover 200 m, 500m, and 1000m.
Kayaking sprints are held primarily on the North Course portion of the Centre but the South Course has been hosting canoekayak since the 1970's. WIFC is an ICF (International Canoe Federation) sanctioned venue for kayak.
Flatwater racing kayaks are closely related to flatwater racing canoes, with both styles of boat usually training at the same club.
Notable Kayak Sprint events taken place at the WIFC:
2013 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships
Upcoming Kayak Sprint events at the WIFC in 2015:
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Team Trials
Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American
• Balmy Beach
• Western Ontario Division Trials and Championships
• Ontario CanoeKayak Sprint Racing Association Fallapalooza Camp