Fort Smith Paddling Club

Paddling, Promoting, and Protecting the Slave River
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Reel Paddle Film Festival 2018

Posted by fskayak on July 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (13)

Paddling Film Festival 2018

The 2018 date for the Paddle Film Festival in Fort Smith has been set for Thursday, January 25.

It will be in the theatre downstairs in the Community Recreation Centre. Popcorn will be provided (Woohoo!)

Mark it on your calendar for sure.

If you have not been to one of these showings, you are in for a treat. It is about incredible people doing amazing things on water.

The lineup for the last two years can be viewed here:

2017 Summer Job Announcement

Posted by fskayak on February 28, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (1)

2017 Summer Job Announcement for Kayak Leader/Instructor


We are seeking a kayak coach/instructor with a combination of kayak and leadership skills and experience working with both youth and adults to deliver youth and adult club programs and to assist with running events and clinics at the Slave River Paddlefest.


  • Proficient kayaker, able to paddle class IV easily, able to instruct on class III
  • Paddle Canada Certified instructor prior to start (certification course available on Slave River)
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Show ability to work with youth ages 9-15
  • Trustworthy, ability to work independently, has initiative
  • First Aid/CPR certification prior to start


  • SUP experience/instruction ability
  • Swiftwater Rescue certification
  • Enjoys and is enthusiastic about playboating


  • Maintain and manage all paddling equipment and club assets
  • Planning, coordination and delivery of club programs, youth and adult
  • Communicate with members and promote the club to the public
  • Support organizers with planning and executing the Slave River Paddlefest Working Conditions: Flexible working schedule that is coordinated around the club’s activities
  • Daytime and evening work
  • Regular weekday activities
  • Special events (some on weekends)



We expect 20-30 hours per week. We will pay up to $5000 total for two months of the summer. Lodging provided at a camping hostel. Exact start and end dates are negotiable but should be Late June-Late August.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume with contact information for two references by March 15th, 2017

To: Leif Anderson
Email: [email protected]
Subject: Kayak Instructor Position

Read the full announcement.

Waterwalker Film Festival a Success!!

Posted by fskayak on June 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Pre-festival events - starting July 24th!

Posted by fskayak on July 15, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Club's summer schedule online now

Posted by fskayak on July 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (97)

For details about this summer's beginner nights, intermediate nights, "intro to kayak" lessons, and World Kayak Throwdowns, click here.

Win cash for photos!

Posted by fskayak on July 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Submit your best Paddlefest photos for a chance to win $100, $50 or $25 cash! Details here.

Paddlefest Registration open now!

Posted by fskayak on June 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Register online for Paddlefest 2012 as well as weekend camping now!

New - register your non-paddling spouse or child as a spectator to pay for their meals and camping.

Also, if you're short on funds, volunteer with us for free registration (see details).

Click here for Paddlefest Registration.

2012 Paddlefest Schedule Online!

Posted by fskayak on June 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (3)


The Draft 2012 Paddlefest Schedule is now online!  New this year - spectators can pay a small fee to ride through the rapids in a raft!  And back by popular demand, "Introduction to Awesome" where spectators can ride through the rapids in the front of a duo kayak.

To see the complete schedule, click here.

61 days and counting...

Posted by fskayak on June 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Plans are well underway for the 5th annual Slave River Paddlefest, which will be August 3-6 this year (with 2 weeks of pre-festival events before-hand).

New this year - we're working on a party for Saturday night - details soon, but it's going to be fun! Also we've rented the whole campground for the 3 nights, including the big shelter to give us a place to gather when we're off the river.


Also this year's flatwater flotilla and voyageur canoe race will be much shorter and more scenic - crossing the river below Rapids of the Drowned.  Since it's much shorter, we can run several heats, so everyone who wants to enter should have a chance.

Of course, all your old favourites will be here, including the Edge King Big Air surf competition (in the week before the main festival), as well as the World Kayak Throwdown rodeo, canoe surfing and rescue competition, the beachball race, swimming race, and downriver races for beginner through advanced paddlers.

Also new this year, our club now owns a paddle raft, three whitewater canoes, and a couple of SUP's, so expect to see some competitions for those guys as well.  If you have a raft or an SUP (or a surfboard), bring them on up - there's lots of room for everyone here!

Online Registration opens June 15th. Check out the Paddlefest Page for a more detailed schedule.