Paddlesports North America promotes paddler education, safety and stewardship of the environment throughout North America.


The 2015 PNA Annual Report is now available.

The report discusses the current state of PNA, our goals for the future and our financial status.

The report is available for download here.

Congratulations to the newly elected PNA board:

  • Kelly Blades
  • Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin
  • Scott Fairty
  • Shawna Franklin
  • Todd A Johnstone-Wright
  • Steve Maynard
  • John Ozard
  • Harry Tobin

Paddlesports North America Coach Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) Provider Opportunities!

Paddlesports North America has identified a need for FSRT providers in North America. With permission from British Canoeing, PNA is offering an FSRT Provider Orientation. The course will be offered in Chicago over two evenings on June 19 and 20, 2016. Applications for this course will be considered from active and updated coaches with:

  • Level 3 Coach, plus alternative Kayak or Canoe 3 star award OR
  • MWE Coach, plus alternative Kayak or Canoe 3 Star award OR
  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport (Canoe and Kayak, with both Canoe and Kayak 3 Star) with a minimum of 100 logged coaching hours with a range of craft in the sheltered water environment after achieving the qualification.

The strongest applications will be selected considering the following:

  • Depth and breadth of coaching qualifications / experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the award syllabus
  • Fit to Paddlesports North America workforce demands

Please email to indicate your interest in the course. Please include your current coaching certifications. If you are a Level 2 coach, please include documentation of at least 100 logged coaching hours, in a variety of craft, AFTER successfully competing your UKCC L2 assessment.

If more than 8 applicants indicate interest, the PNA Coaching Committee will determine who will take this course.

For complete information on the requirements and process to become an FSRT provider, please see Foundation Safety and Rescue Training: Becoming a Provider.

Announcement from the Board

The PNA Board is excited to announce that we have finalized our relationship with British Canoeing as an Affiliate organization and administrator of Personal Performance programming, and as the Delivery Center for Coaching Qualifications in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With the establishment of the PNA, we will:

  • Develop, encourage, train and support coaches to deliver British Canoeing programs on this continent, as well as maintain records of achievement.
  • Oversee the delivery of British Canoeing programs and assure high standards are maintained.
  • Seek corporate and individual charitable donations to further our mission.

We are also excited to announce that Paddlesports North America (PNA) is has been classified as an educational public charity under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

What should you do?

Effective September 21, 2014, you should:

  • Renew your BCU membership through the PNA. Current rates and forms are available on the PNA website.
  • Send all paperwork—including registration forms and fees—to PNA at 124 W. Willow, Lansing, MI 48906

Scott Fairty will be our Interim Administrator and he can be reached at or (515) 999-5762. Please contact Scott for all courses requiring course notification.

We need you

PNA is a membership organization, and we welcome volunteers to help us as we grow our organization and serve the needs of our members. If you would like to participate in any of the following committees, please contact us at:

  • Fundraising
  • Membership
  • Events
  • Sponsorships
  • Outreach
  • PNA Board of Directors

More specifically we are looking to fill the position of PNA Administrator. For a detailed job description please email us at:

Thank you!

We are deeply indebted to Bill Lozano, who volunteered his time as the administrator of the BCUNA for the past 13 years. Bill tirelessly handled the paperwork and kept the database for everyone who participated in BCU programming in North America during this period. He worked with several BCU coaches to establish PNA, and helped to broker agreements with British Canoeing to establish PNA as an Affiliate Organization and Delivery Center. He continues to serve as our liaison to British Canoeing.

Thanks, too, to Mike Devlin, British Canoeing Director of Coaching, for being the chief liaison between PNA and British Canoeing. Mike has been our guide, helping us navigate through the process of creating the very first Affiliate Organization outside of the United Kingdom.

We would also like to thank our founding sponsors for their generous support, which covered the expenses incurred in establishing PNA: John Carmody of Sea Cliff Kayakers, Werner Paddles, P&H/Pyranha, Sea Kayaking UK, Valley Sea Kayaks and Atlantic Kayak Tours.

© 2014 Paddlesports North America, Inc.

Paddlesports North America (PNA) is a not-for-profit, educational, public charity formed to deliver British Canoeing programs throughout North America. PNA is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.