Paddle Newfoundland Labrador

We are a community of paddlers that inspires connections to Newfoundlanders, Labradoreans and nature through paddling. While the majority of our members are located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, we have members all across the island. We also have members located in the UK, USA and many parts of Canada. We have members who joined for the comradery and social interactions, that paddling with like minded people brings.

We also have members who put the time in to become Instructors in the various paddling disciplines. All our Instructors are Paddle Canada certified and current in First Aid.

Quick Link to what's on this Page

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Mission Statement

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Annual General Meeting

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Our History

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Paddle NL Forms

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Regional Chapters

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Paddle NL Awards

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Paddle Newfoundland and Labrador (Paddle NL) is to advance participation and interest in all paddling disciplines practiced throughout the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Our mission is achieved through the promotion of safety, skill development, conservation, advocacy, and an active program of on and off-water activities. All Paddle NL events adhere to our core values of fellowship, inclusion, and respect.

Board of Directors

The Paddle NL Board of Directors is comprised of 4 Directors, the immediate Past President and the President Emeritus. As per the Paddle NL Bylaws 2014, the term of office for the President is two terms (2 years total).

Dave Hickey

President

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Cathy Carroll

Past-President

Cathy lives in Quidi Vidi, St, John’s. She was born in Brooklyn NY, of NL parents from Red Island, Placentia Bay. She lived on Red Island as a toddler, then Ontario for a few years, but most of my life has been on the Rock!

She has been on the Paddle NL Board for 5 years; from a Member at Large, to the Kayak Director, and now into her second year as President.

Sea Kayaking is her strongest paddling discipline, and she currently holds a Paddle Canada Skills level 3 and Instructor level 2 certification, as well as Wilderness First Aid.

As a retired Physical Education teacher, she is enjoying the freedom of a paddling any day the wind allows! Anywhere in Conception Bay feels like home to paddling, but my favorite places to go are the Twillingate area and Placentia Bay. I also hope to get back to Burgeo this summer!

The highlight for me last year was being a kayak Guide in the Arctic with Adventure Canada.

See you on the water!

Gary Thomas

Vice-President

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Bill Drover

Secretary

Bill tried his first paddling as an early teen in an open deck tandem (open between the seats) on Ocean Pond.

It was not until 30 years later when he decided to repair the badly damaged old boat and get back on the water.

From there he moved to a Pelican rec boat, and finally to a Sea Kayak in 2018. Admittedly this Wilderness Systems 14.5 was meant to be an inland explorer, and coastline crawler but it turned into so much more! This boat got me through my Level 1 & 2 sea kayak certifications, and Level 1 Instructor courses.

If you do not see me on a day paddle somewhere on the Avalon, you’ll likely find me on the water near my summer home on the Eastport Peninsula.

I have tried all aspects of kayaking, from ponds to whitewater now, though exploring the coastal waters is where I am most comfortable.

Lots of the world left to see – bring on the adventure!

Paula Harris

Treasurer

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Laura Knight

Director of Kayaking

Laura has been paddling since 2015, and started sea kayaking in 2018. With a preference towards sea kayaking, she enjoys Canoeing and white water kayaking as well.  

Laura is a mariner by profession in her work with Canadian Coast Guard. In the future she hopes to circumnavigate the island of Newfoundland in her sea kayak, and continue exploring the Atlantic Coast. She enjoys surfing and rock hoping along the Newfoundland coast, and you may catch her climbing ashore or going for a swim!

When she’s not working or playing on the ocean, Laura enjoys rock climbing, hiking and learning about nature.

Laura is a level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor and enjoys introducing new friends to sea kayaking.

Find me on Instagram @girlinthewild.nl 

Alex McGruer

Director of Safety

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Tim Engram

Director of Canoeing

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Penny Fifield

Director of SUP

Penny has been a lifetime lover of water, either liquid or frozen!

She grew up (recreationally) boating, fishing, canoeing and exploring the island via summer camping.

She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, biking, skiing (xc and downhill), snowshoeing, camping (year round), sailing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and especially Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)

The progression to SUP was a natural one for her and she instantly fell in love with the ease to explore bays, coastal areas, ponds and rivers. From glassy morning solo paddles to club pond and ocean paddles, it’s always a good day on the water.

Her dogs are just as addicted to it and loves all the attention they garner from being on the paddleboard!

Standup Paddleboarding became an easy Zen outlet for her. It can be a serene paddle or a rigorous workout. It’s great for any age, any skill level, personal or corporate team building events. 

She was initially invited to sit on the Paddle NL Board as a Member at Large – then as Standup Paddleboard Director. THE FIRST TIME that PNL has had representation for Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) and it’s been incredibly exciting to showcase our SUP community within Newfoundland and Labrador.’

Penny lives in St. John’s, NL
~ Paddle Canada Certified SUP Instructor
~ Wilderness & Remote First Aid
~ CPR/AED Level C

Peter Upshall

Director of Whitewater/ Recreational Kayaks

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Chris Vincent

Director of Central Chapter

Chris Vincent, is a retired physical education teacher and school administrator.  He lives in Lewisporte, and has been on the board as the Central Chapter representative for the past three years.  This is his term in that position.  He has been kayaking for twenty-one years and he holda a Paddle Canada Skills level 1.  He does most of his paddling on the North-East coast of our province, and when he is not paddling, He can be found cycling or cross-country skiing.  Outside of his physical activities he enjoy spending time in his workshop, building things out of wood.  He gets great satisfaction from introducing new paddlers to the joys of kayaking.

Keith Payne

Director of Western Chapter

Keith was born in Rocky Hr. and moved to Corner Brook when he was 10 years old. He has been the western Paddle NL rep for two years.

He retired from the teaching profession in 2003 and  now spend time teaching canoeing and cross-country skiing. He is an instructor trainer in lake, moving water, and a canoe camping and an instructor in sea kayaking.

He recently purchased a white water kayak and really loving it. His favorite type of paddling is wilderness river tripping, especially in Labrador.

He is an avid hunter, hiker and reader. He is  looking forward to becoming an instructor in big canoe this spring.

Paul Simmons

Director at Large

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Alan Goodridge

Director at Large

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Paddle NL Forms

Constitution

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Waiver

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Waiver (under 18)

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Trip Plan

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Trip Checklist

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Incident Report

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Safety Policy

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Float Plan

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