Canoeing Instructor Recert Policy
ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Recertification Policy
To provide an achievable, fair, and easy to administer re-certification policy for ORCKA canoeing instructors.
ORCKA canoeing instructors are required to re-certify every three years by attending one of the numerous annual ORCKA canoeing instructors clinics that are offered throughout the Province of Ontario. Attendance at an ORCKA canoeing instructor clinic and payment of the annual ORCKA Instructor membership fee are the only requirements to maintain Instructor status.
This policy applies to ORCKA Level 1 and 2 Canoeing Instructors as well as Basic Canoeing Instructors.
The aim of the ORCKA clinic is to introduce or update ORCKA canoeing instructors on current canoe instruction techniques, procedures, and the current ORCKA program. This will enable ORCKA Level 1 & 2 and Basic Canoeing Instructors to better promote and instruct safe, knowledgeable and competent canoeing in the province of Ontario.
Each clinic location is to have a program of eight hours' duration, including lunch.
Each ORCKA clinic will be composed of a core and optional program material. The core program material will address shortfalls identified in the preceding years' Level 1 & 2 Course Instructor reports, any recent changes in ORCKA policy or program including any new canoeing or instruction techniques and procedures. The optional program material is at the discretion of the ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Clinic Coordinator and should be tailored to meet regional needs or those of one of the three disciplines. The core ORCKA clinic program material and recommendations for the optional program material will be developed by the ORCKA Chair Instructor Services Committee and approved by the ORCKA Board of Directors prior to each paddling season.
ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Clinic
In order to cover costs, a fee will be charged for attendance at an ORCKA clinic. The fee will be recommended by the ORCKA Chair Instructor Services and ratified by the ORCKA Board on an annual basis.
Lapsed ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Status
- If an ORCKA Canoeing Instructor has let his or her membership lapse and it has been less than five years, then the Instructor pays his or her current ORCKA Instructor membership fee and must attend an ORCKA clinic prior to conducting an ORCKA Program again.
- If an ORCKA Instructor has let his or her membership lapse and it has been more that five years but less than ten years, then the Instructor must make a written submission including the most recent teaching information to the ORCKA Board of Directors to be re-instated as an ORCKA Canoeing Instructor. Upon ORCKA Board approval, the Instructor pays his or her ORCKA Instructor membership and must take an ORCKA clinic prior to conducting an ORCKA Program again.
- If an ORCKA Instructor has let his or her membership lapse and it has been more than ten years, then the Instructor must retake the appropriate ORCKA Instructor Course to gain certification.
ORCKA clinics are open to all ORCKA Instructors. All Instructors must re-certify every three years.
In order to maintain standards, a number of the ORCKA canoeing instructor clinic’s will be monitored by one of the following ORCKA Board members or their delegate, on an annual basis:
- Vice President Program
- Chair Instructor Services
- Chair Instructor Courses
- Chair Canoeing Program
In no case will Instructor renewal be given unless the Instructor attends an ORCKA canoeing instructor clinic. Instruction at an ORCKA canoeing instructor clinic is deemed as attendance for re-certification purposes. ORCKA Instructor accreditation cards will be given out at the end of each ORCKA clinic to the participants and signed by the Clinic Coordinator . The effective duration for the Instructor cards will be three years from December 31 in the year which the ORCKA Instructor attended the ORCKA clinic.
Administration of ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Accreditation
The ORCKA clinic coordinators will report the results of each ORCKA clinic to the ORCKA Chair Instructor Services. This report will be outlined in the annual ORCKA clinic package and should contain a list of the attendees, comments on the conduct of the clinic and the site, a financial summary and the expired ORCKA Instructor cards. The ORCKA Chair Instructor Services will update the ORCKA Instructor data base with the ORCKA Instructors Recertification Clinic attendance to indicate current accreditation and year that the ORCKA Instructor re-certification is required.