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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 March 2021

Paddle Canada has developed a set of guidelines as a decision-making tool to help you decide if you can/should offer Paddle Canada courses and clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The messages we are receiving from health authorities suggest that getting outside is an important and safe option, but physical distancing, masking, and sanitizing are still key to preventing transmission.

Before you go through the checklist, it is recommended that the first thing you do is ensure you are aware of what your local authority says about gathering sizes and businesses that may operate.

It is also recommended that you have a best practices protocol in place. Many bigger outfits have one in place, if you do not, this this is a great resource that was a collaborative effort of the Canadian Outdoor Summit created to assist outdoor leaders consider best practices during these times.

We realize that the landscape is constantly changing, we do our best to stay on top of the current resources and recommendations, and we encourage you to share anything you may have come across. You can reach out to your Regional Directors, or regional paddling associations, they may be aware of resources available specific to their region, that they may have taken advantage of themselves.

The ultimate decision-making authority rests with the individual instructor with regards to operating paddling programs.

Current GUIDELINES to offering a Paddle Canada sanctioned course EN FR

Please be advised, that while our insurance provider is still offering insurance to Paddle Canada at this time, be aware that under the policy, communicable diseases are NOT covered. Therefore, if a bodily injury claim was made against a Paddle Canada instructor relating to COVID-19 it would not be covered under the policy.
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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

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Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland & Labrador



Northwest Territories