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Paddle Canada's 3,000 instructors run canoe, kayak and SUP courses from coast to coast.

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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

Paddling Industry Updates to Transport Canada

Paddle Canada was front and centre at the Recreational Boating Standing Committee meetings with Transport Canada in Ottawa this week, as part of their twice annual Canadian Marine Advisory Council.  Executive Director, Graham Ketcheson presented on two topics: 1) Safety Equipment Requirements for Whitewater Paddling Schools (Bailers & Rope bag exemptions – on behalf of Alberta […]

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New Options for Personal Flotation Devices

What do you think about the new PFD’s now hitting the market?  Paddle Canada as a valued member of Transport Canada’s National Recreational Boating Advisory Council (NRBAC)  is spreading the word, so that paddlers may have a say.  These new devices also are part of a larger North American lifejacket and personal flotation device harmonization […]

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Paddle Canada Office Staffing Update

Paddle Canada Office Staffing Update Coordinator, Member Services Hello Paddle Canada Instructors, Members, Paddle Schools and Stakeholders, It is with a heavy heart I need to inform you that I will be departing from the Paddle Canada office team around the same time as our amazing outgoing Executive Director – Graham Ketcheson. I will be […]

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