Covid-19 and Paddle Canada


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.

We are doing our best to continue to follow inititiaves and supprt porgrams as the pandemic continues. If you are aware of something we have not yet found, or find a dead link, please contact us at [email protected]

Updated February, 2021

A message regarding courses during the Covid-19 pandemic. EN FR

Current GUIDELINES to offering a Paddle Canada sanctioned course EN FR

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.

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 is currently providing an online extension course that allows people to extend their certification by participating in an online course. This can be found at It has currently been extended until June 30th, 2021 and is being offered free of charge.

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 Anyone with a SOLO certification that expired between March through May, 2020, will still have an extension until November of 2020. In addition, anyone with a SOLO certification that expired starting in June of 2020, through to expiring in December of 2020, is eligible for a 6 month extension from their expiration date. SOLO is also currently offering courses.


Resources for paddling

From our friends at NRS on cleaning gear.

Sea Kayaking COVID-19 best practices.

Canoe Rescue Training.

Resources from Transport Canada

COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada: English French

COVID-19: Physical distancing for Canadian boaters(accessible PDF) English French

Guidance posters: Planning on boating across the border? Don’t. Canoe version (accessible PDF) English French

Financial Resources

Government of Canada financial support for individuals and small businesses.

Online tool to help find financial help from the Government of Canada

Provinical and Territorial Updates

British Columbia






New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland & Labrador



Northwest Territories