Paddle Canada National Camping Skills Program

The Paddle Canada Camping Skills Program includes nationally-recognized certifications in four skill levels (includes one optional module), with corresponding Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications. The program teaches paddlers how to safely and efficiently plan, organize and execute camping trips in both front and backcountry settings. Paddle Canada’s goal is to provide the most relevant camping skills programming in the world.

The program launched in 2019 and is maintained by a committee of top-level Instructor Trainers from across Canada who leverage Paddle Canada’s canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard program experience to remain ahead of the industry-standard for camping skills instruction.

The Paddle Canada Camping Skills Program begins with the Camping Basics skills course for those with minimal or no camping experience. It progresses up to the Camping Leadership course, which is aimed for those interested in advanced leadership, group management and campcraft skills in a wilderness setting. The complete program also includes Instructor and Instructor Trainer levels.

Paddle Canada Camping Skills Program levels

Skills Stream

Camping Basics
Wilderness Camping
Camping Leadership
Expedition Camping Module

Instructor Stream

Camping Basics Instructor
Wilderness Camping Instructor
Camping Leadership Instructor

Instructor Trainer Stream

Camping Basics Instructor Trainer
Wilderness Camping Instructor Trainer
Camping Leadership Instructor Trainer

Register for a Skill Course

To register, contact the course director/organization and register with them.

Register for an Instructor Course

  1. To register, contact the course director/organization and register with them first.
  2. Register yourself as an instructor candidate member with Paddle Canada here.
    • If you are an existing member or a past skill course student, please login to your account and follow the instructor candidate link there. Contact the office if unsure of your account details and verify email and retrieve password.
    • If you are brand new to PC, then proceed to the Instructor Candidate

Age Requirement

There are no age restrictions for any skills course (except at the discretion of the course director).

For the Camping Basics Instructor course, candidates must be at least 16 years of age. All other instructor course candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

Instructor Trainer candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

Please forward your questions, comments, concerns and feedback to the Program Coordination Committee.