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Our Programs

Canoeing Program

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.

Sea Kayaking Program

Includes nationally recognized certifications in five skill levels, five instructor levels, and four instructor-trainer levels.

Stand Up Paddling Program

This program teaches paddlers how to safely and efficiently use stand up paddleboards in a wide variety of waters.

River Kayaking Program

Includes nationally recognized certifications in four skill levels and four instructor levels, earned through course participation.

Waterwalker Film Festival

A tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker.

Bill Mason Scholarship

A tribute to the late Bill Mason, a Canadian recognized as an avid canoeist, environmentalist, filmmaker, photographer and artist.


Latest Instructor News

2019 Instructor Memberships Available Starting October 1, 2018

Gearing up for 2019 already? Well consider renewing your 2019 Instructor Membership anytime after October 1, 2018. Cost is $90 + tax (or $20 + tax if you are a Waterfront Instructor only). You also have the optional choice to opt-in to your Regional Member Association fee if one exists in your province. Simply login to your Paddle […]

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Camping in Georgian Bay. Photo by David Johnston

Draft Camping Program Available For Review

Over the past two years the Program Coordination Committee, in collaboration with members of the Program Development Committees (Canoe, Sea Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board), have been working on a new camping stream which we are pleased to make available for your review. Download the Paddle Canada Draft Camping Program Syllabus The new program […]

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New Stand Up Paddleboard Regulation Updates

The new updates to SUP regulation equipment carriage requirements came into effect May, 2018.  Read the Small Vessel Regulations – Exemptions for SUP on Transport Canada’s website Otherwise it basically states if a paddleboarder is wearing an approved lifejacket / PFD and has a pea-less whistle with them, they are no longer required to carry a throwbag […]

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