Press Release

Delta Kayaks, Canadian Manufacturer of Thermoform Kayak, To Be Supporting Partner of Paddle Canada’s PaddleSmart program

KINGSTON (June 1, 2017)  - PADDLE CANADA is pleased to welcome Delta Kayaks as the newest partner supporting its PaddleSmart national recreational paddling safety training program. PaddleSmart is part of a national delivered, free, preventative education program offered through Public Safety Canada. It was developed by Paddle Canada in partnership with the Government of Canada’s National Search and Rescue Secretariat and its other existing AdventureSmart partners.
“I’m really excited to have Delta Kayaks join us in this project,” says Graham Ketcheson, Executive Director for Paddle Canada. “Together we can show how much we care about paddlers and their safety.  All sectors of the paddlesport industry have a duty to contribute to education and safety.  A little preventative education on the topics of trip planning, taking the essentials and training, the three ‘T’s of any AdventureSmart program, can go a long way in preventing an incident, saving lives and changing behaviour.” 
“We are very proud to partner with Paddle Canada in the mission to better educate the paddling community about safe paddling habits. As a kayak manufacturer we welcome the initiative that Paddle Canada is taking and we will be supporting their efforts during our Demo Days across the country and on our website as we enter into the paddling season,” says Michael Squarek, Sales & Marketing Manager for Delta Kayaks. 
Canada has the longest coastline and the most expansive freshwater system in the world with more than two million lakes and rivers. Recreational paddling is one of the best ways to travel and experience this valuable resource of ours.  The PaddleSmart presentation is a free on land session that encourages paddlers to get informed and get outside, designed for youth and adults who want to paddle kayaks, canoes or SUP’s.  Segments on moving water and coastal waters can be added to the presentation depending on location.  
PaddleSmart and its safety message for new recreational paddlers is presented for free across Canada to thousands of people annually by an army of volunteers. PaddleSmart can be found in clubs, schools, community events, tradeshows, in businesses, at boat launches, parks, and a number of other hosting sites – anywhere someone wants to help others learn to get out on the water safely!
To find out more about PaddleSmart or to request your own presentation in your area please visit Paddle Canada, Public Safety Canada, the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and the AdventureSmart partners reserve special thanks to Delta Kayaks as the latest supporter of their program. 
Contacts: Dawn Callan, Event and PaddleSmart Coordinator, 
About Paddle Canada: Since 1971, Paddle Canada has set national standards for instruction and certification for all major recreational paddling disciplines. Nearly 2,000  certified instructors deliver sanctioned canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) courses to more than paddlers across Canada annually.  Paddle Canada certifications are nationally accredited and internationally recognized.  For more information please visit.

Delta Kayaks
Michael Squarek, Sales & Marketing Manager   (604) 460-6544

About Delta Kayaks: Delta Kayaks is the culmination of over 30 years of thermoforming and paddle sports industry knowledge. From the outset, our focus has simply been to build the best thermoformed kayaks we can build. Through innovation and design, we have created a complete line of outstanding kayaks that will appeal to paddling enthusiasts of every level.
From the super shine of the Solarkote™ finish to the full complement of innovative deck and cockpit outfitting, our commitment to quality and value is evident in every kayak we build. Whether new to the sport or a seasoned paddler, you can find your fit in a Delta Kayak. For more information visit

Welcome to National PaddlING Week

Canada's celebration of recreational paddlesports, craft, and heritage


What began as a week created to boost awareness of our national recreational paddling sports, safety measures, skill development, and heritage five years ago has expanded to include a year round paddler support hub through this website!

National Paddling Week wants to encourage as many Canadians to get into a canoe, kayak or onto a board and be counted during this extended week to show our national commitment to the fun, the benefits, and challenge of paddling! We are now twinned with PaddleSmart the water safety and awareness component of the Adventuresmart family of outdoor safety programs!

Community based clubs, groups, organizations and/or individuals are invited to host their own events and activities during National Paddling Week - and after! These events can be posted for free on the national website, and featured in tweets, on the face book page and promoted for free by the National Paddling Week committee.


How was National Paddling Week created?

National Paddling Week owes its existence multiple sources. The creative inspiration of Rapid Media’s Scott Mac Gregor expanded on the previous Canadian Canoe Museum (heritage sponsor) "National Canoe Day" project.  National Paddling Week took that small seed and grew it into a Canada-wide, extended, week+ celebration of everything recreational paddling offers! Hats off to National Fishing Week who showed us the way!

Paddle Canada’s Executive Director and Board agreed to the role of administrating partner hiring and funding the coordinator who gathers the ideas together, connects people and fosters potentials.

Rapid Media contributes as the promotional and media host for the annual campaign. National Paddling Week benefits greatly from the creativity and resources Rapid Media donates so generously!

National Paddling Week has become reality with an amazing potential to grow and serve all sectors of Canada’s paddling community in whatever direction they take it. Share the fun and the future with us! New participants, sponsors, and friends of paddling are always welcome on board!

Who will benefit from these events?

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Recreational paddlers of all abilities and ages will enjoy increased access, awareness and exposure to paddle sports & their benefits through this paddle community communication "hub".

Community clubs, groups, organizations, would be volunteers and event hosts may post events at no charge. We want everyone to benefit from increased free promotion through National Paddling Week website and National Paddling Week participation! 

Paddle instructors, and skill development groups are welcome to benefit from the increased public interest, client or participant development, general publicity and program awareness.

Both community and National Paddling Week partners are welcome to broaden their membership base, donations, and corporate sponsorship by enhanced outreach and promotion through our platform.

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Be sure to post your pictures, videos and updates from your NPW event!

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