Paddle Canada is a community of trusted leaders that inspires connections to Canadians and nature through paddling. Our mission is to promote, educate and support the recreational paddling community, paddling instructors, and partners. Each year, over 10,000 students across Canada take canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding courses with certified Paddle Canada instructors.
Support Paddle CanadaWe rely on membership fees to operate as a not-for profit organization. If you are not a Paddle Canada instructor, but would like to support us, please consider a Friends of Paddle Canada membership!
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Learn to Sea KayakOur Sea Kayaking program begins with a Basic Kayak Skills course in calm sheltered conditions and progresses to advanced skills for open coastal touring in rough water conditions.
Learn to River KayakWe offer four exciting levels in white water kayaking, beginning in calm, sheltered waters to acquire basic skills to allow your learning to progress to Class I, II and III rivers.
Learn to Stand Up PaddleboardOur Stand Up Paddleboard Program begins with the Basic SUP skills course in calm sheltered conditions and progresses in steps to advanced touring skills on open water in rough conditions. Additionally, the paddler can seek advanced skills in the river and surf streams.
Learn to Go CampingBeginning with a basic skills course in a frontcountry setting and progressing to a wilderness environment, our camping programs can be taken as a course on their own, or incorporated with any of our paddling programs to give students the knowledge and confidence to spend longer periods of time outdoors.
Did You Know?
canoe instructors in Canada.
Every one is happy to show you the ropes.
billion trees across Canada.
That's a lot of leaves to rake.
drops in 1 liter of water.
Jump on in. It's refreshing.