National Paddling Week / PaddleSmart

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


Welcome to National Paddling Week June 9 - 17, 2018!


What is National Paddling Week?

From sea to sea to sea right across Canada, communities, groups, and individuals will join together in hosting local paddle related events during National Paddle Week!

Who will host these events?
Community clubs, groups, organizations and/or individual community members are welcome to host events independently and post on the free shared calendar (available January 2, 2013). No fees, specific affiliation or membership to any group is required to participate, all are welcome!

National Paddle Week steering committee offer non-monetary event and educational resources on the website,com

Steering Committee Members: Rapid Media, and Paddle Canada

Paddling Week was created in 2013 by Rapid Media, Paddle Canada, and our retired partner, the Canadian Canoe Museum.

What are we celebrating?

This is the fifth annual national celebration of paddling safety, skill development, recreational sport, and heritage!

The mission is to promote recreational paddling through individuals, groups, families, events instructors, industry, clubs, communities and other recreational paddlers.

What began as a week-long event has grown into an extended week with a year-round support site. Current partners are Rapid Media who provides print and operational assistance, and Paddle Canada offering support such as promotional items, online event planning, management, and promotional resources across Canada during National Paddling Week.

Special mention: Our youth prize partner, the Canadian Canoe Foundation, has also been with us from the beginning. And continues to blend skill, safety, and environmental awareness into a new prize for a lucky young paddler every year.

New Partner Initiative!

National Paddling Week now twins with PaddleSmart water safety training for new or would-be paddlers. We encourage activities at events and in the communities across Canada and have free resources to assist you in joining the Get Informed and get Outdoors initiative of Adventuresmart.

How do you join the celebration?

  • Take a paddle and tell us about it on the calendar. Facebook your paddle fun - everyone in the shot on the water must be wearing a pfd or jacket to post.
  • Take or make a Life Jacket Challenge and tell us about it on Facebook: or by email
  • Double the fun! Invite co-workers, family, or a non-paddling friend to you at an event!
  • Challenge your community watersport, charity, or business competitors to a friendly contest!

Who hosts these events?

You do! Plan a group, family, or solo paddle and post it on the calendar to be counted! 

Plan a community event or host a PaddleSmart!

Paddle Canada members in each area or community may host an event, community clubs, groups, organizations, families, and/or individuals are welcome to host events independently and post on the shared calendar (which will run year-round).

Who benefits from these events?

Recreational and would be paddlers will enjoy increased access to all sorts of paddle sports, safety and awareness training, and exposure to recreational paddlesports & their benefits. The paddling community, certified instructors, and paddling partners will also benefit from the increased public interest in paddle sports, general publicity and access to potential new members.

What help does the umbrella organization/partnership offer?

Free to events: Web / social media based outreached and advertising Support documents re: event organization and safety. Online access will be provided to advertising templates, media plan, and press templates. Instructors and industry members are equally encouraged to list workshops, lessons, events, and/or demonstrations.

Money matters - who is paying for what?

Events and their related expenses are the responsibility of the hosts and as such, the budget will reflect the monetary commitment of those hosts.

Is anyone making a profit?

Events may choose to charge fees or admissions as they see fit. Many events will run at cost, by donation or be held for free.

*Life Jacket Challenges may be run as a marathon by individuals and events with non-tax receipt-able donations to local search and rescue partners or charities and are the responsibility of the individuals running them.

*Paddle Canada Instructors/members may charge the standard fees minus the transfer (administration funds) which are normally sent to Paddle Canada who absorb this loss as an in-kind donation to the event.

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 behavior.” 
“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 a 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


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 is Yours!

You do the paddling, run the event, register on the website.

Paddling week is what you make it!

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 facebook page and promoted for free by the National Paddling Week committee.


How was National Paddling Week created?

National Paddling Week as we know it today is the brain child of Rapid Media’s Scott Mac Gregor, an annual commitment by Paddle Canada, who shares its roots in previously existing national canoe day project by the Canadian Museum. What happens today is a community based chain of events which the result of many paddlers and paddling organizations shining a spotlight on our national water heritage and paddlesports. Hats off to our friends on the water National Fishing Week - you showed us the way!

Paddle Canada acts as the administrating partner, coordinating information, volunteers, and connecting ideas and like minded people who then make it happen in their communities!

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!

PaddleSmart: Recreational PaddleSport Safety now twins with National Paddling Week to encourage everyone to get informed and out on the water! Shout out to DELTA KAYAKS as a national partner promoting PaddleSmart! 

New partners join us as participants, presenters and supporters annually - we welcome everyone! 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?

Sing up for year round paddle chat!

* 2 posts per month maximum over the calendar year

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.

Live from National Paddling Week

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

** All photos and videos must feature proper use of safety gear (lifejackets worn, helmets where appropriate, throw bags and bailers) to qualify for posting.

Use #NPW hash tag on Twitter

 Check out our blog for more updates

Upcoming Events

Many thanks to our National Paddling Week Sponsors:









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