Canoe sprint takes place on a flatwater course and races are contested by two types of boat, canoe (C) and kayak (K). In a canoe, the paddler competes in a striding position using a single-blade paddle, in contrast to the double-bladed paddle used in a sitting position in a kayak. At the international level, the European Championships cater for four distances, 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m, individually and/or in teams of up to four. Each event is categorised by boat type, number of competitors per boat, gender, and race distance. For example: C2M 500m is the canoe male doubles 500m.