Local Paddling Clubs
Saskatoon Canoe Club
Bryan has been a member of the Saskatoon Canoe Club for about 14 years, and has been heavily involved in the SCC in a variety of roles for much of that time. The SCC offers kayak lessons (and in 2011 those kayak lessons are being taught by Coldspring Paddling Instruction), has a fair variety of equipment available for use, and also provides a network through which to connect with fellow paddlers.
Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club
The Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club is a youth-oriented organisation that has it's focus on whitewater kayaking. Operating through the winter in the comfort of Harry Bailey pool, this group gives a great opportunity for kids to try out kayaking, develop skills, and gain confidence in and on the water. It's a lot of fun (my daughter has been involved) and the skills are largely transferable to flatwater (sea) kayaking too.
Kelsey Kayak Club
Another whitewater-oriented kayak club, the Kelsey Kayak Club is open to all (not just Kelsey students) and provides a cheap and fun way to keep paddling all winter in the comfort of Harry Bailey pool.
Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club
The Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club paddles sprint kayaks and canoes on the river. With an athletic focus, participants learn efficient (and high energy) paddling techniques but I suspect their rescue techniques are a bit lacking (relying on a motorboat escort).
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan is the provincial body that represents competitive and recreational paddlers in Saskatchewan. If you are a member of one of the above organisations, you are probably also a member of CKS.
Paddle Canada is the national organisation that has created certification courses for recreational kayaking and canoeing that are being used across the country. Coldspring Paddling kayak instructors are certified through Paddle Canada, ensuring a high level of quality, and Coldspring Paddling follows the course guidelines set out by PC.
The Online Community
Here are a few of the online websites that foster a great paddling community; they can be a great source of information.