Students learning advanced canoe poling techniques on the Miramichi River, NB with Tim Humes.
Location: Miramichi River, New Brunswick. Photo Credit Tim Humes

First Aid Requirement Policy for Instructors

Learn about the first aid certification requirements that all Paddle Canada Instructors must meet and keep up-to-date.


Paddle Canada Instructors are required to maintain a minimum of Standard First Aid / CPR (14 hours) or Wilderness First Aid (16 hours). Insurance and sanctioned courses are not valid unless the instructors on the course meet the minimum First Aid requirements as outlined in the specific course syllabus.

Wilderness First Aid is the minimum required by any instructor certified to teach a course where an overnight is built into the syllabus. Unless stated otherwise, Standard First Aid/CPR is the minimum required for all other courses. Please refer to the course syllabus for the specific first aid level required.

First Aid Policy for Courses Operating in the Wilderness

If the course location is taking place farther away than an hour from medical care, the instructors on the course are required to have Wilderness First Aid (16 hour) as a minimum certification. If you are uncertain to the length of time to medical care, get your Wilderness First Aid certification.