Paddle Leadership Program – Instructors Needed


In partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia is excited to launch a pilot program to train camp counselors in paddling and leadership skills. This program is funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Wellness. The program aims to increase the outdoor leadership skills of individuals working with youth on the water in the province. During the program trial this will be accomplished by providing Paddle Canada certified Canoe and Sea Kayak training and Outdoor Council of Canada Leadership training to Camp Counselors around the province during an intense 2.5 day program. Our hope is that as the program matures we will be able to provide mentorship opportunities for previous students of the program to become Instructors themselves.

As part of the grant we are also working to identify deficiencies in Instructor / Instructor Trainer capacity around the province, and may be subsidizing Instructor programs later in the season.

The first trial program will be hosted at Brigadoon Village in the Annapolis Valley. If you are interested in teaching the course please see the criteria, and application process below.

Remuneration: $500 for 2.5 days of instruction.

Instructor criteria and selection:
Leaders will be selected to take part in this instructor program considering the following criteria:
Current Active Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Basic or Canoe Instructor Tandem Basic instructor
Current Active Outdoor Council of Canada Paddle Leader Instructor
Experience with leading children’s, youth, or adult programs in outdoor recreation +/or educational settings.
Motivation and willingness to teach paddling programs this summer, and in the future.
Able to commit to participating fully in the courses offered June 17 – 19 at Brigadoon Village
Standard First Aid certification.
Commitment to provide feedback to CKNS on format and value of program within 30 days of course completion.

Application process:
Please write a brief e-mail cover letter (maximum of one page) explaining your ability to meet the above criteria. Attach your resume and send it by June 3 to Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia