Paddling Canada Instructor Newsletter Highlights

Wednesday, 30 January 2008
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Paddle Canada BadgeThe latest issue the Paddle Canada instructor newsletter "Current Strokes" just got emailed to everybody.

A couple of interesting things are being developed:

  • Pauline Halstead from Paddles and Boots is looking to get form a committee to look at possibility developing a national adaptive paddling program. If you are interested in getting involved, contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I think that it is a great idea. Paddle Canada used to have an adaptive paddling program way, way back in the mid 80's and I'm glad to see that the wheels are starting to turn to roll it out again.
  • They made some changes with their insurance company so that people who aren't Canadian citizens can now become instructors. I can't believe that something like this was ever on the books to start with and I know that a couple of people got caught in the loop hole. Now anybody can teach PC programs as long as it is on Canadian Soil. The next step? Get the crazy rule of teaching only in Canada adjusted.
  • Oh yes, the have designed new cert badges for 2008. They are rectangle shape to fit in the logo in the middle. They look good but with the text going sideways, I bet there will be a lot of people sewing their cert on their bathing suit incorrectly.


Paddle Canada BadgeThe latest issue the Paddle Canada instructor newsletter "Current Strokes" just got emailed to everybody.

A couple of interesting things are being developed:

  • Pauline Halstead from Paddles and Boots is looking to get form a committee to look at possibility developing a national adaptive paddling program. If you are interested in getting involved, contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I think that it is a great idea. Paddle Canada used to have an adaptive paddling program way, way back in the mid 80's and I'm glad to see that the wheels are starting to turn to roll it out again.
  • They made some changes with their insurance company so that people who aren't Canadian citizens can now become instructors. I can't believe that something like this was ever on the books to start with and I know that a couple of people got caught in the loop hole. Now anybody can teach PC programs as long as it is on Canadian Soil. The next step? Get the crazy rule of teaching only in Canada adjusted.
  • Oh yes, the have designed new cert badges for 2008. They are rectangle shape to fit in the logo in the middle. They look good but with the text going sideways, I bet there will be a lot of people sewing their cert on their bathing suit incorrectly.
David Johnston

David Johnston

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.

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