January 1, 2015
This document is about certification maintenance for Paddle Canada Instructors. If you are an Instructor Trainer your certification maintenance requirements can be found here.
Paddle Canada recognizes that its strength is active instructors. Active instructors teach courses, maintain their skills and engage in continuing professional development. Paddle Canada supports active instructors through the regular process of instructor certification maintenance.
Maintaining instructor certification allows the instructor to offer Paddle Canada–sanctioned skills courses and to use the Paddle Canada name and logo, per the Paddle Canada Logo & Trademark Policy.
Maintaining an instructor’s highest certification in one discipline (canoe, river kayak, sea kayak or stand up paddleboard) automatically maintains all certifications that are prerequisites to that highest certification. For example, maintaining River 2 SUP instructor certification also maintains the Advanced Flatwater SUP instructor certification because that is a prerequisite. It does not maintain Surf 1 SUP instructor certification because it is not a prerequisite. Certifications that are not in the same prerequisite stream need to be maintained independently. In all cases, certification maintenance activities must be prerequisite-related to the certification being maintained.
Maintaining instructor-trainer (IT) certification automatically maintains the related instructor certification.
Maintaining Instructor Certification
The instructor certification period expires on December 31st of the fourth year from the date of certification, provided the annual requirements are met as outlined below.
- Maintain annual membership in Paddle Canada and the provincial/territorial affiliate association where one exists.
- At the beginning of the second year as a Paddle Canada instructor member, successfully complete the new-instructor online educational module. The module is designed to reinforce teaching concepts and course administration tasks, and to correct typical skill errors. It involves reading assigned articles and/or watching videos, and completing the online test. There is no charge for this module.
Certification Renewal Requirements
The instructor has until December 31st of the fourth year from certification, or certification renewal, to complete the following:
- Teach or assist on one Paddle Canada course at their highest level of certification. Paddle Canada reserves the right to adjust the instructor’s certification level to the highest level taught during that certification period.
- Complete one or more of the professional development options below:
- Option 1: Successfully complete an appropriate Paddle Canada certification maintenance clinic. Items generally covered in a clinic include program changes, evolution of best practices, new teaching techniques, administration and a review of the standards for each skill level.
- Option 2: Successfully complete an appropriate online certification maintenance module. It involves reading assigned articles and/or watching videos (concerning teaching theory or a new rescue technique, for example) and completing the online test.
- Option 3: Attend an appropriate Paddle Canada–recognized symposium or paddling event, as confirmed by an IT also in attendance at the event.
- Option 4: Successfully complete any other Paddle Canada instructor course.
- Option 5: Successfully complete an individualized set of requirements set and evaluated by an appropriate instructor-trainer (IT). The requirements must test paddling skills, teaching skills and current best practices. It could include written or practical tests, video submissions and in-person evaluations. The IT is responsible to register the requirements with Paddle Canada and report the results.
Provided the annual requirements continue to be met, the certification period of four years is automatically renewed whenever the instructor successfully completes a higher-level instructor course in the applicable stream linked by prerequisites, or whenever all of the above certification renewal requirements are achieved. Renewing an IT certification automatically renews the related instructor certifications.
- Instructors who do not maintain the annual requirements will automatically have their instructor certification status changed to lapsed.
- To regain active certification, the lapsed instructor who is in their first year of default must complete the annual requirements. The lapsed instructor who has defaulted longer than one year must complete the annual requirements and pay the lapsed-instructor surcharge.
- Instructors who do not meet all of the Certification Renewal Requirements within the four year certification period will have their certification status changed to inactive.
- An inactive instructor must be a current instructor member of Paddle Canada before the reactivation process is started.
- To regain active certification, the inactive instructor must audit and be assessed on at least one full skills course taught by a qualified instructor-trainer. The reactivated certification will be at a level not higher than that of the registered course.
- An inactive instructor auditing a course must be listed on the course registration and course report but the inactive instructor does not count as part of the instructor to student ratio.
- After two years of holding an inactive certification, that is a total of six years since their previous certification or certification renewal, the instructor’s certification status will be changed to retired.
- To regain active certification, the retired instructor must undertake the normal provisions of a complete instructor course or mentorship.