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Thursday, 05 November 2015 17:31

Cold Water Immersion

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.

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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.

Paddle safe!

Kelly McDowell


The Complete Paddler

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:46

Happy Holidays



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

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Inflatable SUP board with pump, carring backpack, paddle and removable seat. $699.00 Save $200.00!




Seal Line Dry Bags Starting at $19.95

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NEW! Water Resistant Headlamp $34.99

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Scotty Suction Cup Paddling Light $44.50

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Pool Courses with The Complete Paddler $95.00 for a two hour class.

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Stohlquist Maw Glove $39.99


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Thursday, 23 May 2013 15:59

Spring News


Spring News 


We are proud to annouce some new products and services here at The Complete Paddler!

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We expanded our Free delivery when you shop online. Now including every major city in North America and most smaller towns in Ontario!

New guided day and weekend trips, both flatwater and whitewater! Check out our Events Calendar for dates.

We almost doubled our sales/instructor staff this year to help serve you better.

Free weekly test paddles.

New SUP and canoe lessons.

More kayak lessons in the pool and on the lake.

New gear and boats in our store and online store to choose from like Go Pro's, specialized camping gear for tripping, new SUP boards and Current Design recreational kayaks.

Faster repair timelines.

We would also like to welcome our new General Manager Adam Irwin! He brings over a decade of instruction, paddling and retail Management to our team! He has spent time doing everything from sea kayak expeditions in Argentina to SUP surfing with Laird Hamilton!


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