Here is a quick link to our free in store cold water safety talk on Thursday November 12th at 6pm.
It’s that time of year again - paddlers are getting into trouble because of warm air temperatures and cold water. We talk about this every spring and fall, but we can’t emphasize it enough. We have been getting multiple phone calls a day from people looking to rent a canoe or kayak because of the unseasonably warm air temperatures. While 99% of paddle shops in Ontario have stopped renting because of the risks involved with paddling this time of year, we are still operating our rental services. In order to keep people safe, we require proof of a drysuit for all paddlers.
Cold water kills people every year because they are not adequately dressed for the water temperature. Paddlers often dress for the air temperature, not the water, which can end up being a fatal mistake. People often assume that because they are strong swimmers, have paddling experience or are staying close to shore that the risks don’t apply. Wrong. The truth is we are all at risk, so please help us educate anyone you see paddling in cold water.
You could be very close to shore and an Olympic Arctic swimmer who has never capsized a boat in your life - but when you do capsize, things can go downhill fast. If you capsize without wearing a thick wetsuit (more than 3mm) or drysuit, just 2 minutes of sudden cold water immersion may prevent you from swimming properly or being able to perform a self-rescue. What does this mean? If you’re wearing a PFD you will stay above water, but cold water shock and hypothermia will set in quickly and cause serious consequences - including death. If you aren’t wearing a PFD, your chances of survival are even less.
While we don’t want to scare anyone off paddling, we think it’s crucial to stress the dangers of being unprepared in cold water. Paddling is extremely fun and can be very, very safe if you follow a few simple rules. We paddle safely all year round, and love practicing our rescues in freezing water. It can be warm and safe when dressed appropriately, and with the proper precautions. Have any questions? Feel free to come into the store or give us a call to pick our brains.
We will be holding a free cold water safety talk on Thursday November 12th at 6pm for anyone interested. We also have pool courses on rescue techniques, on-water courses, and have drysuits in stock at our store. For more information on our upcoming events please visit our event page here.
The Complete Paddler
From everyone here at The Complete Paddler we wish you a a joyfilled holiday and a happy new year! Here are some great gift ideas for the paddler in your family.
Friday Dec 19th is the last day to get your online orders in to make sure these items arrive before Christmas. We offer free shipping in North America on accessories over 50.00 and free Shipping in North America on boats over 1000.00. Small charges are necessary for items under these amounts. Follow the links to the product page for more info. Or visit us in our store for some great sale prices ending on Jan 2 2015.
Boat Cart $89.99
Inflatable SUP board with pump, carring backpack, paddle and removable seat. $699.00 Save $200.00!
Seal Line Dry Bags Starting at $19.95
NEW! Water Resistant Headlamp $34.99
Scotty Suction Cup Paddling Light $44.50
Pool Courses with The Complete Paddler $95.00 for a two hour class.
Stohlquist Maw Glove $39.99
Have you had your eye on something made in the USA lately? The best time to buy an American product from us is now!
You might think that the lower prices you're seeing at the pump might translate into lower prices for petroleum by-products (like plastic kayaks). The truth is a lot more complicated, so bear with me as we dive into the intricacies of retail pricing policy which might not be as transparent as it should be.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, when the Canadian Dollar was consistently below par, there was a bit of a heyday for Canadian boat manufacturers, but all that changed when we hit par by 2007. At first this meant a lot of cross-border shopping and complaints about the continued inequality of pricing for Canadian retail. Canadian manufacturers found it difficult to lower their prices to compete with the US while their costs stayed the same. Canadian retail pricing slowly caught up with our neighbours to the South, but this came at the expense of a lot of Canadian manufacturers since we imported more and more of our stock from the US to meet the lower price demand. Too many of our cherished Canadian manufacturers ended up getting bought out by US companies, moving their facilities overseas or going out of business all together. As a consumer you might have seen overall lower prices, but you might not see the true impact of this saga in the long run.
Now the tables have turned again, and the Dollar is slipping back to pre-recession levels (0.88 USD at the time of this post), so what does this mean for you if you're looking at buying a boat in 2014/2015? Expect to see an increase in Canadian pricing for American products. While The Complete Paddler has been able to secure lower pricing for our current stock and some of the inventory for the upcoming season, some US manufacturers' pricing will increase even more drastically as the Canadian Dollar declines.
But don't worry, there is an upside to all of this! Here at The Complete Paddler, we're really hopeful that more and more Canadian manufacturers will come back to life and give us some more home grown options for canoes and kayaks. We're very happy to see that this has already happened with Scott Canoes, Impex kayaks and Blue Water Canoes this week!! We look forward to bringing in more and more of these Canadian boats and accessories that will be priced competitively with their American counterparts so that we can have a broader selection and a stronger Canadian industry as a result. Check out our Sale page for some great deals!
The Complete Paddler
The Complete Paddler is a proud sponser of the Paddle in the Park Contest and we are able to give you the
first clue to the fourth paddle hidden in a park!! Go get it! its Free!
Hap Wilson has hidden a custom Badger canoe paddle in an Ontario Park, and if you can find it, it'll be yours!
The Paddle In The Park Contest is a province-wide hidden-treasure-style contest just for paddlers. Created by the folks at BADGER Paddles and their outdoorsy blogging friend, Preston Ciere of Portageur.ca, the PITPC is all about getting more people out into nature and promoting how rewarding spending time in the wilderness can be. In fact, they have listed 9 + 1 reasons to spend time in nature everyday this summer.
So, to help advocate getting more people out into the backcountry, several well-known outdoor adventureres like Hap Wilson, Kevin Callan, Andrewa Wilson and Conor Mihell have all hidden BADGER canoe paddles along various portage trails at undisclosed locations throughout Ontario.
But the hidden paddle isn't the only prize, there are some great chances to win at home every time a paddle is claimed!
As PITPC partners, The Complete Paddler has been provided with an exclusive clue for the Cabin Falls EcoLodge canoe paddle hidden by Hap Wilson just for you. For more clues and information, be sure to visit the Paddle In the Park Website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. Good Luck "Out There!"
Without further ado, here's your clue for the paddle hidden by Hap Wilson:
"Upon stairs of gold where the twin sisters meet,
Not far from the main trail, you must retreat."
The Complete Paddler
Most kayakers think of themselves as a recreational kayaker and, unless you are racing, this is true. The unfortunate part about this statement is, kayak manufactures have misled boaters with the separation of the two categories which are Recreational Kayaks and Touring Kayaks. This has become unsafe.
I am writing this in hopes of spreading the word about why you may need to choose a touring kayak, instead of a recreational kayak. I could write a thick book on all the differences but all I want to talk about here is safety. So I will make this quick. If you have a recreational kayak (that means you do not have a bow AND stern hatch with sealed bulkheads) you should not go more than about 50 Meters from shore.
The reason you need to stay close to shore with a recreational kayak is if you capsize, the kayak you will not have the required floatation to get back in your kayak. This means you are stuck in the water dragging a flooded kayak back to shore. Picture it, you are out of your kayak, swimming in the water and you have one hand on the grab handle of your kayak trying to swim with your free arm to shore, pulling that flooded (700lbs) kayak through the water. How far can you do that in wavy water that capsized you in the first place? Fifty meters, maybe. Maybe a little further if you are really fit. That is not really that far, is it? So if you have a recreational kayak you must keep about a football field or less between you and shore. That is not that far when you think about it. So a touring kayak does not have these limitations, only your skill level.
We come into contact (more than a few times a day) with people that have purchased kayaks from other stores that did not know this basic information. The sales person should have explained this but not all stores and employees are equal so maybe the manufacturers should have made it easier for this new age of big box stores with no customer service and called them something else! Maybe “You must stay really close to shore kayaks” and “Safe Kayaks *with some proper skills” Sounds much better to me!
The Complete Paddler
The Complete Paddler is having a sale on all Touring Kayak's from July11th to the 17th!
We are focusing on Touring Kayaks this week to bring focus to safety.
With purchase of a discounted Touring Kayak you will receive a free instructional day trip over to Toronto Island!!
More info on our sale here.
More info on test paddle dates here.
Paddle Sports Oscars
The Reel Paddling Film Festival Premier was a complete succses! This is the Paddle Sports Oscars!
The Complete Paddler hosted last night's Premier to kick off the Reel Paddling Film Festival's world tour and in doing so raised more money than any other year for Project Canoe, our favorite charity!
Some of you had to miss it so here are the winning films shown from each category, and the Oscar's go to....
Thank you to all of our Paddle Sports suppliers who donated to this event's door prizes, to all of our amazing volunteers and of course big thanks to the huge crowd that came out in last night bad weather!
Hopefully we will see you next year!
Our rental fleet will go on sale for Sept 14th and 15th only!!
We will not be posting any models/prices for our used rental fleet as it is first come first serve only.
Almost all of our new products in our store are now on sale now!!
Please follow this link for more details on our end of season sale!
To celebrate the fifth installation of the award winning This is the Sea series, Justine Curgenven has set out on a promotional tour and will be stopping by The Complete Paddler!
On Saturday, March 16 at 5:00pm Justine will be here for an exciting discussion on the making of and slide show of This is the Sea 5. Justine will also be showing extracts from all the TITS films. Tickets are now on sale at the store for $20.00, plus tax (this covers your admission AND your own signed copy of This is the Sea 5). Space is limited so buy your tickets now!