Dragonfly Paddling is located in Paris, Ontario, about one hour west of Toronto. Dragonfly Paddling offers Basic and Canadian Style canoeing courses. ORCKA certification is granted to those successfully meeting course requirements. All courses take place at Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, which is about half-way between Cambridge and Brantford, Ontario.
Course sizes at Dragonfly Paddling are small, with an instructor participant ratio of no more than 1:5 in solo courses and no more than 1:10 in tandem courses. This ensures that each participant gets lots of individualized attention.
|The lead course instructor is Pippa Creery, who is the owner and operator of Dragonfly Paddling. Pippa is a certified and experienced ORCKA Basic Canoeing Instructor and an ORCKA Canadian Style Canoeing Instructor 2. Pippa has experience and formal training in adult, youth and child education, and holds an Ontario Teaching Certificate. Pippa has traveled widely across North America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North Africa. Pippa’s goal is to help others to safely enjoy canoeing and the outdoors by guiding them in developing their skills and knowledge.|
|Bob Kloske is another main instructor of Dragonfly Paddling. Bob is a certified and experienced ORCKA Basic Instructor, and has Canoe Tripping Instructor 1 qualifications. Bob’s background is in Forestry and Park Management, and he has been working and playing in Ontario’s parks for many years. Bob particularly enjoys working with our novice course participants, and takes the time to make sure that each person feels comfortable with their skills.|
|Bill Brims is another primary instructor with Dragonfly Paddling. Bill is a certified and experienced ORCKA Basic Instructor and a Canoe Tripping Instructor 2. Bill has spent many summers in youth camps, first as a camper, then as a counselor and volunteer. He has spent numerous hours honing his canoe tripping skills on the lakes and rivers of Ontario. Bill specializes in working with youth, particularly those with challenges. Bill enjoys challenging course participants to extend their skills and learn new strokes and manoeuvres.|
Dragonfly Paddling is concerned that we care for all the citizens of our planet, and each year donates 6% of net revenue to Doctors Without Borders. This money assists them in their work with people needing emergency medical care in many different countries.