2018 ORCKA Instructor Courses

Challenge yourself and improve your skills! Enroll in an ORCKA Canoeing OR Kayaking Instructor course this year!

Course
Host
Director
 Location Date Cost
Moving Water Canoeing and/or River Running Instructor   Paddler Coop
 Trevor McGarry
trev@paddlerco-op.ca
613-758-2772
Palmers Rapids 1-6 May 2018
 $1000.00
Moving Water Canoeing and/or River Running Instructor ChallengePaddler Coop

Trevor McGarry

trev@paddlerco-op.ca
613-758-2772
 Palmers Rapids 

5&6 May 2018

 $500.00
 Moving Water Kayak Instructor
 Paddler Coop
 Trevor McGarry
trev@paddlerco-op.ca
613-758-2772
 Palmers Rapids
TBC
 
Voyageur Canoe Instructor 2 Bridge Course (for CT Instructors and CT3 Trip Leaders)
 Canada South Outdoors
 Gordon Haggert ghaggert@orcka.ca 519.253.4055
 Massasauga Provincial Park
May 19th-23rd
 
$590
 Voyageur Canoe Instructor 2 Bridge Course (for CT Instructors and CT3 Trip Leaders)  Canada South Outdoors  Gordon Haggert ghaggert@orcka.ca 519.253.4055 North Shore, Lake Huron July 4th-8th  $590
Canoe Tripping Instructor 1 or 2 Paddle In
 Marty Tanahill
martyt@csolve.net
705-533-3576
 French River

TBC

 

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For interest and information about Canoeing or Kayaking Moving Water or River Running Instructor Courses, and about Canadian Style Paddling Instructor Courses, contact the ORCKA office at info@orcka.ca - a number of courses will be organized according to candidates' schedules.

Legend

BI - Basic Instructor

CCI - Camp Canoeing Instructor

CCTI - Camp Canoe Tripping Instructor

CSP - Canadian Style Paddling

CT - Canoe Tripping

MW - Moving Water

RR - River Running


HST is not included in the prices for the courses, but will be charged. What is included in the price of each instructor course is not necessarily the same for all courses. Contact the Director to determine what is included and the final price of the course.

Contact the Course Director to determine if you are qualified and to get more information about the instructor courses. Participants for the Canoe Tripping courses must have their pre-requisites approved by the Course Director/ORCKA Chair of Instructor Courses. Deadline for Canoe Tripping pre-requisite approval is two weeks prior to the course.

All instructor course participants must be current ORCKA members

To get a brochure with more information and/or an application, contact the ORCKA office

Apply early. The cut off date for cancelling courses due to insufficient number of candidates is 14 days before the course start date. You must have your approved application to the Host Organization, before this deadline

Applicants for Canoe Tripping Instructor 2 courses now have two distinct paths leading to successful admission, both of which are based on a points system. Path A represents the more traditional route to the CT Instructor course. The required 30-point total for admission is reached through lower level ORCKA skill course pre-requisites, and wilderness trip leadership. Path B is new. It was developed to reflect the greater diversity of skills, certifications, and experience that some CT Instructor course applicants possess. Less advanced ORCKA skill level courses combine with trip leadership experience for a 10-point mandatory portion of the 30-point total needed for course admission. The remaining 20 points may be drawn from various categories representing non-ORCKA certifications, training, wilderness travel, and teaching/coaching experience.

The River Running Instructor course is for those paddlers wanting to paddle loaded whitewater tripping canoes (loaded tandem and solo) down rivers on daylong or longer excursions.

The Moving Water Instructor course exists for those more inclined to paddle unloaded canoes (tandem and solo "playboats").



Canadian Style Paddling Instructor Course Prerequisites

Moving Water Instructor Course Prerequisites

Canoe Tripping Instructor Course Prerequisites

Canoe Tripping Instructor Course: Path A and Path B Admissions Criteria

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  ORCKA Canoeing Instructor Challenge Process 

 

ORCKA Instructor 1 or 2 Challenge Policy

  

ORCKA has stated that any Canoeing Instructor 1 or 2 level may be challenged. The following are the prerequisites for an individual who is qualified to challenge the ORCKA Canadian Style Paddling, Moving Water or River Running Instructor 1 or 2 certification.

 

1. A challenge must be preapproved by any 2 of the 4 members of the ORCKA Board listed below:

 

a.       Chair Instructor Courses

 

b.      VP Program

 

c.      Chair Canoeing Instructor Services

 

d.      President ORCKA

 

2. The applicant must be an ORCKA Canoeing Instructor 2 in another discipline (including Kayaking Instructor 2’s)

 

3. The applicant must have all pre-requisites for the appropriate discipline.

 

4. The challenge will take 1 full day at an appropriate location.

 

5. There will be a practical and written exam.

 

6. There will be a minimum of two Instructor Level 2 in the appropriate discipline, one being an Instructor Trainer in the appropriate discipline appointed by the ORCKA Board.

 

7. The student to Instructor ratio shall not exceed 4 to 1.

 

8. All costs will be covered by the participant/s (instructor fees, site fees, ORCKA administration fees, HST and any other costs incurred

9. The applicant must be a current ORCKA Instructor Member

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ORCKA Canoe Tripping Instructor 1 or 2 Challenge Policy

 

ORCKA has stated that any Canoeing Instructor 1 or 2 level may be challenged. The following are the prerequisites for an individual who is qualified to challenge the ORCKA Canoe Tripping Instructor 2 certification.


1. A challenge must be preapproved by any 2 of the 4 listed

 

a. Chair Instructor Courses

 

b. VP Program

 

c. Chair Canoeing Instructor Services

 

d. President ORCKA

 

2. Must be a current ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3

 

3. Must be an ORCKA Canoeing Instructor 1 or 2 in another discipline (including Kayaking Instructor 1 or 2’s).

 

4. Must present a log documenting 1250 KM of wilderness canoe tripping.

 

5. Must present a log documenting 60 nights of wilderness canoe tripping.

 

6. Applicant must have all pre-requisites for a Canoe Tripping Instructor 2.

 

7. The applicant must provide references that can verify trip leadership experience.

 

8. The challenge will take place over 2 days with an overnight canoe trip or utilizing a base camp over 2 days.

 

9. There will be a minimum of two Instructor Level 2 in the appropriate discipline, one being an Instructor Trainer in the appropriate discipline appointed by the ORCKA Board.

 

10. The student to Instructor ratio shall not exceed 4 to 1.

 

11. All costs will be covered by the participant/s (instructor fees, site fees, ORCKA administration fees, HST and any other costs incurred).


12. The applicant must be a current ORCKA Instructor Member


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The ORCKA Kayaking Instructor Course Challenge Process

Please find attached the ORCKA Kayaking Instructor Course Challenge process.

 

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Kayak Tripping Trip Leader and Kayak Tripping Instructor 1 or 2 Courses



Hello ORCKA Kayakers,

 

Have you considered the benefits of taking the ORCKA Kayak Tripping 2 certification or ORCKA Kayak Tripping Instructor 2 course?

 

  • The purpose of the Kayak Tripping 2 is to provide a Provincial certification of competence in the planning and leadership of wilderness kayak trips. Kayak Tripping 2 provides the experienced kayak tripper with the opportunity to improve his/her kayak tripping skills under more challenging conditions.

 

  • Upon completion of the course, the successful candidate should have the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and lead single or multi-day trips with kayakers of equal or less experience in conditions according to their certified ORCKA Coastal Kayak skill level. The Kayak tripping 2 course provides the risk management and leadership components and the ORCKA Coastal Kayaking skills provide the competence in paddling skills required for leading a trip.

 

  • With the ORCKA Kayak Tripping 2 certification you have the option of being covered with ORCKA’s 5 million dollar liability insurance while leading multi-day wilderness kayak trips.

 

Kayaking Tripping 2 Leader

 

Prerequisites:

 

  1. At Least 17 years of age.

 

  1. ORCKA Coastal Kayak Level 1 or equivalent certification (with permission of the course director).

 

  1. At least 25 nights of Kayak tripping experience; kayak tripping distances totaling at least 500 km; at least one near-wilderness kayak trip of five days or more.

 

  1. A VHF marine license and wilderness first aid certification are recommended (but not necessary to take this course).

 

Note: If your tripping nights out/km are not quite there yet then we will still take you on the course and allow you 2 seasons to complete this prerequisite.

  

 


Kayaking Tripping Instructor 2

 

Upon successful completion of the Kayak Tripping 2 Course, the instructor may:

 

  1. Administer, instruct or certify Safe Kayaking, Flatwater kayaking, Kayak Tripping Level 1 and Kayak Tripping 2 Programs and Courses, in accordance with ORCKA policies and standards, and in compliance with all laws governing such activities.

 

  1. Instruct at Flatwater Kayaking Instructor and Kayak Tripping 2 Courses by invitation of the Course Director.

 

  1. Direct a Flatwater Kayaking Instructor Course, with approval from the ORCKA Board of Directors.

 

  1. Direct and examine a Kayak Tripping Instructor 2 Course, if they become a Kayak Tripping Instructor Trainer 2.

 

Prerequisites:

 

  1. At least 18 years of age.

 

  1. Current ORCKA membership.

 

  1. ORCKA Coastal Kayak Level 1 or equivalent certification (with permission of the course director).

 

  1. Any ORCKA Instructor certification or equivalent certification (with permission of the course director).

 

  1. Minimum of five years of kayak tripping activities.

 

  1. Log of kayak tripping leadership or shared leadership for a minimum of 50 nights and 1000 km.

 

  1. A VHF marine license and wilderness first aid certification and some swimming qualification are recommended (but not necessary to take this course).

 

Note: If your tripping nights out/km are not quite there yet then we will still take you on the course and allow you 2 seasons to complete this prerequisite.



This certification may also be obtained as a CHALLENGE

 

ORCKA Kayak Tripping 2 Leader Challenge

 

Prerequisites:

 

  1. Applicant must provide a log showing at least 750 km and 40 nights of wilderness or near wilderness kayak tripping experience including at least one near-wilderness kayak trip of five days or more.

 

  1. Applicant must provide references that can verify trip leadership experience.

 

  1. Must have at least 10 Kayak trips in a leadership role.

 

  1. Must submit a 10 day trip plan.

 

  1. Make a written or oral presentation on risk and crisis management.

 

  1. Must be active in kayak tripping in a leadership role.

 

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.

 

  1. Must have all prerequisites for the ORCKA Kayak Tripping Level 2 (ORCKA Coastal Kayak Level 1 or equivalent certification or comparable skills and experience).

 

  1. A VHF marine license and wilderness first aid certification are recommended.

 

 

 

ORCKA Kayak Tripping Instructor 2 Challenge

 

Prerequisites:

 

  1. The applicant must provide a log showing a minimum of minimum of five years of kayak tripping activities and 60 nights and 1250 km of wilderness or near wilderness kayaking tripping leadership or shared leadership.

 

  1. Be a current ORCKA Kayak Tripping Instructor (excluding Flatwater Kayak Instructor) or a Canoe Instructor 1 or 2.

 

  1. The applicant must provide references that can verify trip leadership experience.

 

  1. Make a written or oral presentation on risk and crisis management.

 

  1. Candidates must be able to demonstrate demonstration quality skills at the applicable level in the appropriate discipline and sea conditions.

 

  1. Candidates will be expected to successfully deliver several lessons related to their discipline.

 

  1. There will be a practical and written exam.

 

  


 

For further information or questions please contact:

 

 

Paul McCormick

 

Chair ORCKA Kayak Program

Tel: 416-746-7427 (direct line)

Toll free in North America: 1-866-383-9453

Email: pmccormick@orcka.ca

                                                                                                

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Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 and 2 Pre-requisites


The Voyageur Canoe Program is in need of Instructors and fortunately the prerequisites for these courses are already held by many ORCKA members. If ORCKA Members would like to add to their certifications for future opportunities, check the information below.

Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1 Pre-requisites:

1.                  At least 18 years of age.

2.                  Current ORCKA membership.

3.                  ORCKA Voyageur Canoeing Level 2   OR  Canoe Tripping Level 3 OR  any ORCKA Canoe Instructor.

4.                  Log of Voyageur Canoeing or Canoe Tripping leadership or shared leadership for a minimum of 10 day trips and 200 kilometres.

5.                  Log of Voyageur Re-enactment Activity recommended.

6.                  It is strongly recommended that all Voyageur Canoeing Instructor 1 Instructors have, in addition to their canoeing qualifications, some qualification in Swimming, First Aid and CPR.


 


Voyageur Canoe Instructor 2 Pre-requisites:


  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Current ORCKA membership.
  3. ORCKA Canadian Style Paddling Level 1 OR Basic Canoeing Instructor OR any Instructor 1
  4. ORCKA River Running or Moving Water Level 1.
  5. ORCKA Voyageur Canoeing Level 3 OR


Voyageur Canoe Level 2 and Canoe Tripping Level 3


  1. Minimum of (5) years of Voyageur Canoeing or Canoe Tripping activities, including:


a.        Log of Voyageur Canoeing or Canoe Tripping leadership or shared leadership for a minimum of 50 nights and 1000 kilometres.


b.       Above log to include at least 3 trips in wilderness areas totalling 6 days or more and covering a total of at least 400 kms. It is recommended that at least one of these trips should be in a Voyageur Canoe.


7.      A log of Voyageur Re-enactment Activity is recommended.


8.      It is strongly recommended that all Voyageur Canoeing Instructor 2 Instructors have, in addition to their canoeing qualifications, some qualification in Swimming, First Aid and CPR.

 


Mar 23 2018

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Dear ORCKA Trip Leader;        

              There has been a ton of interest, so ORCKA will be offering the ORCKA Canoe Tripping 3 Trip Leader bridge course to Canoe Tripping Instructor 1 this Spring!  After successful completion of this course you will be able to certify ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1 & 2 as per ORCKA Canoe Program standards and policies. The following is the information you will need to register for this amazing course!

              ORCKA recognizes that many Canoe Tripping 3 Trip Leaders (Canoe Tripping 2 Trip Leader prior to 2009) informally teach while they are on trip. In order to validate and insure the ORCKA Program standards are maintained, ORCKA is offering a 2-day bridge course for ORCKA Canoe Tripping 3 Trip Leaders who wish to become an ORCKA Canoe Tripping Instructor 1.  This may be of particular interest to educators, summer camp staff or those who support Scouting or Guiding.

              The bridge course will be 2 very full days, March 24/25, 2018. The start time will be 8:00 AM sharp on both days. Topics to be covered include: lesson plan preparation, teaching Canoe Tripping Level 1 skills, food preparation and handling, risk and crisis management, paddling skills, how to administer ORCKA courses, ORCKA policies and standards and much more!  The location for the bridge course will be at the Jack Smythe Field Centre in Terra Cotta,14593 Winston Churchill BLVD. Ballinafad On. N0B 1H0. You will be sent the appropriate materials to prepare for this course ahead of time.

              The cost is $353.00 plus HST per person.  If you are already an ORCKA Instructor member, you must renew your 2018 ORCKA Instructor membership through your Secure Member area of the ORCKA website at www.orcka.ca.

If you are not already an ORCKA Instructor member you will need to go to the ORCKA website and join as a Regular ORCKA Member at https://www.orcka.ca/member/register.asp. Once you have joined ORCKA as a member contact Bonnie Fisher in the ORCKA Office to arrange to register for this course at info@orcka.ca or by phone at (416)426-7016.

Please note that all course participants will also share in the meal planning, preparation and cooking for this course, which is based on a pod of four participants. Details of the food preparation will be communicated to you no later than March 14, 2018. Please note: the cutoff date to register for this course is March 01, 2014. If there is enough demand a second course may be offered. This course is offered on a first come, first served basis for the first 40 participants.

              This is a very exciting opportunity for Canoe Tripping 3 Trip Leaders! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this course. I look forward to meeting everyone March 24/25, 2018!

 

Barry Irish

ORCKA VP Program

613-539-4864

613-353-1777

birish@orcka.ca