I saw a brief outline to the proposed structure and it looks very interesting. Paddlers just getting started will progress through foundation training levels before branching off into the focus that interests them. There are lots of options to choose from including Lake Paddling, Tripping, Whitewater, Playboating, Canoe Poling and Coastal Canoeing. Once you choose a stream there are several skill levels including instructor levels.
Brand new to the program are the Playboating and Coastal Canoeing streams.
I'm really excited about this development and look forward to seeing the new program.
More info: Paddle Canada
Paddle Canada Officially Developing a New National Canoeing ProgramThursday, 08 January 2009
Just got an email from the Paddle Canada Program Development Committee (I'm part of the Sea Kayaking PDC) with the official announcement that they are in the process of completely rewriting the canoeing program and hope to have it out to Paddle Canada instructors in March 2009.
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.