The Community Stream prepares coaches to deliver programs for CanoeKids, PaddleALL and Dragon Boat. You don’t need a lot of paddling experience to enter into this stream – just an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn. The community stream is an ideal spot for a 16 year-old to start coaching or for a volunteer already helping with programs to acquire formal coach training. Find courses offered in your community by viewing the Calendar or contacting your Provincial or Territorial Paddling Association.



Get certified to deliver the CanoeKids program and introduce kids between the ages of 9 and 11 to canoeing and kayaking. Teach technique and fundamental skills the CanoeKids way. From identifying the different parts of the boat to teaching balance drills and basic strokes, the program provides a comprehensive introduction to a sport with an emphasis on fun and safety. CanoeKids coaches will learn a variety of fun introductory activities and be able to properly detect and correct basic technique. In learning to deliver the CanoeKids program you will acquire the skills necessary to introduce someone to the sport at any age.


This course will equip leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully start a PaddleALL program at their club. Leaders will come away from this training with the tools they need to offer programming for persons with physical or intellectual disabilities. This course covers considerations for working with various athletes abilities, recruitment and safety.

Dragon Boat

This course will help coaches initiate dragon boat programming at their club to facilitate a strong multisport environment. Coaches will learn to effectively introduce new paddlers to the sport and teach basic dragon boat skills to kids and adults. The course will focus on building a successful dragon boat program that will fit within the club’s foundational program offerings.

Pleasure Craft Operator Card

To learn to operate a motorboat safely, coaches must obtain their Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The exam can be taken online or through an approved course.