What is ORCKA?

What is the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association?

Ontario is home to more than 250,000 lakes, numerous rivers, canoe routes, and the largest wilderness canoe park in the world; canoe ownership per capita in Ontario is greater than anywhere else on the planet. With over 270 provincial, and 7 national parks, where canoe or kayak would be the preferred mode of travel, Ontario is perhaps the paddling capital of the world.

In 1975, the Ontario Government requested that the recreational paddling community develop a standard for safety and paddling; ORCKA, the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (then called ORCA) has as its mandate the continued development and implementation of canoeing and kayaking safety programs, paddling skills courses, and wilderness tripping and camping techniques, through the training and certification of instructors, guides, and trainers.

Today, with over 1800 members, ORCKA has become the industry standard for those conducting on-water, canoeing or kayaking activities, for employees or trip leaders of Ontario Parks, The Ministry of Natural Recourses (MNR), boy scouts, school paddling programs, youth paddling programs, and paddling programs for people with disabilities.

Since its creation, ORCKA has certified over 9000 instructors and guides and  conducted over 160,000 ORCKA accredited courses. There has not been a single incident of serious injury, death, or insurance claim when accredited ORCKA programs have been run by certified ORCKA instructors and guides.

ORCKA prides itself in continuing to offer high quality programs with exemplary safety and skills standards. Choosing an ORCKA course is making the choice for exceptional instruction, where safety is the priority.

View a list of available ORCKA courses and programs!