People in a big canoe on the Gatineau River, Quebec.
Location: Gatineau River, Quebec. Photo credit: Priscilla Haskin.

Advanced Big Canoe Instructor

Discipline: Canoeing Program: Big Canoe Stream: Instructor Development

The Advanced Big Canoe Instructor award provides a national certification in the instruction and administration of the Big Canoe program. Successful candidates receive the Advanced Big Canoe Instructor certification at this level.


The Advanced Big Canoe Instructor is certified to:

  • conduct Introduction to Big Canoe Paddling Skills and Intermediate and Advanced Big Canoe Leader courses
  • apprentice on an Advanced Big Canoe Instructor course
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Course Prerequisites
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Certification
    • Intermediate Big Canoe Instructor.
    • Intermediate or Advanced Solo Lake Canoeing certification or equivalent with permission from the course instructor.
    • Introduction to Tandem or Solo Lake Canoeing Instructor certification.
  • First Aid
    • Current certification in first aid and CPR (14-16 hours).
  • Experience
    • Experience beyond that of an Advanced Big Canoe Leader skills course.
    • At least 100 hours in the stern of a big canoe in different wind conditions and water environments.

How to Register for an Instructor Course

  1. Contact the course director/organization and register with them first.
  2. Register yourself as an instructor candidate member with Paddle Canada by following these steps:
    • Are you existing Paddle Canada member or a past skill course student? Login to your account and follow the instructor candidate link there.
    • Are you brand new to Paddle Canada? Proceed to the Instructor Candidate membership form.