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Paddle Canada Program Development Committees (PDCs) are made up of instructor trainers from across Canada who are responsible for modifying and growing our Pad- dling Programs/Syllabi.

The Sea Kayak Program Development Committee (SK- PDC) is in the very early stages of a full review of the sea kayak instruction program. The Committee is looking for feedback about your experiences with the program and suggestions for improvement.

The Canoe PDC is currently improving and developing all areas of the Canoe Program. Several illustrations by Paul Mason have been commisioned to improve the canoeing program manual by including visual aids. A new Moving Water Safety and Rescue Module was introduced this year that allows instructors the ability to offer a focused course on the Safety and Rescue component of the Moving Water program. The new Style Canoeing program was launched this past September in Chelsea, Quebec, with hopes that it will fill a niche among solo canoeists. The PDC will also be looking to increase the presence of the Coastal Canoeing program on the East Coast.

The Standup Paddleboard PDC has made tremendous accomplishments developing the SUP program. Flatwater, Coastal and River SUP programs have been developed and 17 new SUP Instructor Trainers, nine of whom were not previous Paddle Canada instructors, have been trained. Eighty-three individuals received SUP instructor certifica- tions and 54 sanctioned SUP skills courses were run in 2011. The Committee is currently looking to recruit more members to the PDC to ensure regional representation.

The River Kayak PDC (RKPDC) is focused on completing the transition to the joint Canoe Kayak Canada/Paddle Canada River Kayak program. The RKPDC plans to offer several joint program certifications in the 2012 season. The joint program has proven to be extremely successful so far.


As Paddle Canada Instructors, you have access to discounts of up to 62% off retail from industry leading gear makers as well as (wilderness) first aid certifications. Read on to learn more about Paddle Canada Pro-Deal partners and the discounts.



Outdoor Research (OR) manufactures quality outerwear and technical gear for paddling, hiking, climbing and ski- ing. OR was created in 1980 by Ron Gregg after his climbing partner was airlifted from a climbing expedition in Alaska due to poorly designed gaiters. OR has since focused on creating practical, functional tools for outdoor enthusiasts in the backcountry.



In 1997, Level Six started as an “out of the back of their truck” operation by Stig Larsson and Tyler Lawlor. After Tyler placed in the top ten at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the pair grew Level Six into an internationally recognised paddling gear maker. As a true Cana- dian company, Level Six started out on the Ottawa River and in the fabric warehouses of Montreal.


North Water makes some of the highest quality rescue, safety, towing and technical paddling gear available. They are also committed to helping the world’s poor

and marginalised gain access to clean and safe drinking water. In 2007, North Water partnered with Hidden Cambodia Adventure Tours to build a water well for a rural community in Cambodia. North Water allows deal- ers to contribute a percentage of their sales to funding similar projects.


Wilderness Medical Associates and Sirius Wilderness Medicine Paddle Canada Instructor discount: 10%

Canadian Red Cross Paddle Canada Instructor discount: 10% off training • 20% off products

To learn how to receive these discounts, go to From the Instructors menu option, click on Instructor Benefits.

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