About Paddle Canada

Paddle Canada sets national standards for instruction and certification for recreational paddling: canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard. Every year, over 2500 Paddle Canada certified instructors deliver sanctioned courses to more than 15,000 paddlers across Canada. Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized.

Our Mission Statement

We promote, educate, and support the recreational paddling community, paddling instructors and partners.

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Our History

Paddle Canada was formed in 1971 to help co-ordinate non-competitive canoeing and kayaking across Canada. Under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors, Paddle Canada works in cooperation with its Regional Member Associations, instructor and individual members and the paddling public to deliver training for safe and enjoyable paddling.

A primary goal of the association is the development of a standard skill set for safe and enjoyable recreational paddling; standards that could be portable and recognized anywhere in our vast and beautiful country.

Our first success was the creation of a national program for Canoeing. As kayaking grew in popularity, national standards for Sea and River Kayaking followed. More recently, national standards for Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) were added as this new activity grew.

Today, Paddle Canada’s national paddling programs 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. Paddle Canada’s instructional programs reach more Canadians every year.

The education of paddlers and the general public is an important step toward the preservation of Canada’s waterways and wilderness areas, and with it the place of the canoe and the kayak in our Canadian heritage.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity available at Paddle Canada, on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic and language differences, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, height, weight, marital status or disability.