During the Covid-19 pandemic, Paddle Canada asks that you continue to follow physical distancing, stay home as much as possible, and follow the regulations and recommendations of where you live and play.
Updated May 26, 2020
Principles & Practices for Led Outdoor Activity, a collaborative effort from the Canadian Outdoor Summit this is a great resource, especially if you are in the process of creating a set of practices for your own buisness.
Your Paddle Canada certification
With the two-year extension put in place in March, the Covid-19 crisis will not affect your Paddle Canada certification expiry date.
First Aid Certification
If your first aid certification is newly expired, or about to expire, most providers have a plan in place for expired certifications during this time.
Canadian Wilderness Medical Training will be Rolling out an extension program in the next week. This easy process will be able to extend certifications for Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder that are expiring in the coming months. The online program will extend certifications for a period of 9 months and the small cost of the program will be credited toward the participant’s “in-person” training when conditions allow.
Wilderness Medical Association has launched on-line certification extension courses. These options are only available to currently certified WMAI WFR/WEMT, WAFA, and WFA graduates whose certification will expire while conventional, open-enrollment courses are being suspended and unavailable because of COVID-19. These courses are open at no charge. If your certification expired in March, you will automatically receive a one (1) month participation eligibility extension.
Red Cross In accordance with the measures being taken by health authorities across the country to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Red Cross strongly recommends all Training Partners to cease in-person training until further notice. Please check for online or blended delivery options in your area to support training. All Red Cross first aid certifications expiring through June 30, 2020, will be considered valid 90 days beyond their expiry date.
SOLO has closed all campuses until May 31 and extended all wilderness certification expiry dates until November 1, 2020.
- In order to protect all our participants and to do our part in the fight against this pandemic, we have decided to suspend all of our training until June 15 inclusively. Resumption of all in person training When courses resume, several course dates will be added to the calendar to ensure that everyone is trained as quickly as possible. We will regularly re-evaluate the situation with respect to the decision to resume our training schedule, which will vary from province to province, but always in accordance with the instructions of the provincial public health agencies concerned.
- Coming soon! Hybrid training will be launched by the end of May for participants who are in the process of recertification.
- Coming soon! COVID-specific module : Are you concerned about becoming a first responder during the pandemic ? SIRIUSMEDx will be launching a refresher module before the summer for our participants working in the field during the pandemic.
Resources for paddling
From our friends at NRS on cleaning gear.
Sea Kayaking COVID-19 best practices.
Resources from Transport Canada
Resources for Business Owners
COVID-19: How the federal government is supporting small business: Information and FAQs from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to support small businesses.
Helping understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak
From Canadian Chamber of Commerce on pandemic preparedness
Social Media and Covid-19
Provinical and Territorial Updates
- Quebec’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation
- Guidelines from our Regional Memeber Association Eau Vive Quebec