at 72 Harvey Street, Kingston, K7K 5B9 Canada
Internationally recognized courses + certifications in all major canoe, kayak and SUP disciplines. Conceived in 1972, Paddle Canada (formerly the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association) was derived from the need of recreational paddling enthusiasts from across Canada to co-ordinate the efforts of non-competitive canoeing and kayaking. From the very start, one of the long term goals of the association was the development of standard skill sets for safe and enjoyable recreational canoeing and kayaking; standards that could be portable and recognized anywhere in our vast and beautiful country. Under the leadership and expertise of its Board of Directors Paddle Canada worked diligently, in cooperation with its Regional Member Associations, instructors from across the country, its members and the paddling public to achieve this goal. By examining many avenues including existing programs, current trends and growth trends, Paddle Canada's first success was the creation of a national program for Canoeing. National standards for Sea and River Kayaking would also follow as those activities grew in popularity among recreational paddlers. Today, Paddle Canada's national paddling programs have proven themselves to be the ideal mechanism to extend and deliver our mandates of environmental awareness and protection as well as the preservation of the canoe and kayak as a part of our national heritage. More Canadians are, and continue to be, exposed to Paddle Canada's message through our instructional programs than ever before. Paddle Canada currently represents over 1,500 Individual Members, 8 Regional Member Associations and 2 Affiliate Member Associations. Through each of our members and programs we are able to successfully and consistently deliver the message of safe and enjoyable paddling to more than 50,000 paddlers annually. As Paddle Canada moves to the future, we have no doubt that there will be challenges. Our waterways and wilderness areas are under ever-increasing threats of being lost forever, and with it a piece of our paddling heritage. Thanks to the support and efforts of its members, however, Paddle Canada is well positioned to take on these challenges and we continue to look towards a brighter future for ourselves and for future generations...
Internationally recognized courses + certifications in all major canoe, kayak and SUP disciplines. PADDLE CANADA'S MISSION STATEMENT To promote all forms of recreational paddling emphasizing safety & instruction, to Canadians of diverse abilities, culture and ages and to thus deepen our collective appreciation of our land and paddling heritage. Paddle Canada values the following as part of it's activities: Safety We promote and teach the safe use of canoes, kayaks and SUP. Educational Programs We train our instructors to certify people in the knowledge & skills of safe and enjoyable canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Environmental Awareness We help develop a love and respect for our natural resources. Heritage We nurture understanding of the place of the canoe and the kayak in our Canadian heritage.
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Launched in 1971, with the latest edition launched in 2009, saw the start of some significant changes for national instructors.
The canoe programs have expanded into Big Canoe, Coastal Canoeing and Style from it's foundational base of Lake, Moving Water, Poling and Canoe Tripping.
Includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels, five instructor levels, and four instructor-trainer levels.
This program teaches paddlers how to safely and efficiently use stand up paddleboards in a wide variety of waters.
Includes nationally recognized certifications in four skill levels and four instructor levels, earned through course participation.
A tribute to the late Bill Mason, a Canadian recognized as an avid canoeist, environmentalist, filmmaker, photographer and artist.
Recently, two of our incredible volunteers were recognized for their outstanding hard work and dedication to the Paddle Canada organization.
The Kirk Wipper Award in recognition of 20-plus years of volunteerism was presented to David Johnston.
A Volunteer Recognition Award was also presented to David Johnston – in recognition of his outstanding work on the […]
A big congratulations to Paddle Canada member Claudia Kerckhoff Van Wijk on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Paddle Awards!
“I am honoured for being recognized for my participation and contribution to the sport of whitewater paddling.
I am still happiest when in my kayak, especially when running a challenging section of river, so […]