Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

PADDLESPORTS NORTH AMERICA INC

Keeseville, NY   |  www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org

Mission

Paddlesports North America serves the public who enjoy paddling canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards throughout North America. Our goal is to make training and educational programs accessible to all in order to promote paddler development, emphasizing safety and stewardship of the environment. The organization serves to expand knowledge and awareness of all paddlesport related activities, and encourages lifetime participation in the sport through delivery of a long term paddler development program. Paddlesports North America provides classroom education and on-water training through a series of paddlesport modules developed by British Canoeing. The British Canoeing program is recognized throughout the world as the gold standard in paddlesport training. Paddlesports North America coaches deliver training and assess paddler proficiency, which lead to personal achievement awards. The organization also develops, encourages, trains and supports coaches to deliver the program, and maintains all records of achievement. The program is continually being refined around the needs of paddlers, and provides a balanced progression of support as they move through the sport. Paddlesports North America encourages people of all ages and abilities to go paddling, stressing personal safety and respect for the environment.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr. Harry Tobin

Main address

PO Box 477

Keeseville, NY 12944 USA

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EIN

80-0962350

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (N19)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PaddlePower

Paddlesports North America encourages young people to discover paddling and stay in the sport long term. These courses provide a progression and reward achievement in a wide range of paddling related topics, including both competitive and recreational aspects.

Population(s) Served
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
None

Paddlesports North America delivers British Canoeing Performance Awards. These are suited for paddlers >16 years old. 1 star and 2 star awards are multi-craft (canoe, kayak and SUP), encouraging paddlers to experience the various disciplines in paddlesports, with paddlers 'specializing' in particular disciplines (i.e. open canoe, freestyle kayak, sea kayak, whitewater kayak, whitewater canoe, surf kayak, touring canoe, touring kayak) in the 3 Star Award. The emphasis of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence.

Population(s) Served
Adults
None

This British Canoeing training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. Conducted over the course of a day with eight hours of teaching time, the award has two purposes;
• To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
• To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

Population(s) Served
Adults
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
None

These two courses are designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to two nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to two knots, or for those paddlers carrying out challenging sea journeys including open crossings in areas of strong complex tidal movement (in excess of three knots). However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)
None

Coaching Paddlesport Courses are delivered via a ‘Paddlesport Coaching Delivery Center’. Paddlesports North America is a Delivery Center for coaching levels 1-3 in North America. The Paddlesports North America Delivery Center is monitored (external verification) by the British Canoe Union Awarding Body, but also operates a process of internal monitoring and verification to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained and that consistency is achieved both in terms of delivery and outcome.

Population(s) Served
Adults
None

Leadership awards and enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions. Paddlesports North America offers Leader and Advanced Leader training and assessments in discipline specific craft (e.g. Sea Kayak, Canoe, Surf Kayak, White Water Kayak, White Water OC1).

Population(s) Served
Adults

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PADDLESPORTS NORTH AMERICA INC

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Harry Tobin


Board co-chair

Mr. Kelly Blades

John Ozard Treasurer

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin Secretary

Shawna Franklin Member

Steven Maynard Member

Scott Fairty Administrator

Kelly Blades Vice President

Todd Johnstone-Wright Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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