The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association is the provincial not-for-profit responsible for the promotion of
safe, competent, and knowledgeable recreational paddling. Through public education, instruction, and advocacy,
ORCKA provides for safe paddling practice and culture in Ontario ... accessibility of paddling for everyone.
ORCKA's members are Instructors, Trip Leaders, school boards, Ontario Camps Association members, guiding businesses and services,
paddling clubs ... ... through its membership, ORCKA provides for recognized instructional programs, standards, public representation, and leadership.
All over Ontario you will see ORCKA Instructors and Trip Leaders working for ORCKA organizational members, conducting ORCKA programming and
running ORCKA skills courses. ORCKA's members maintain a responsible Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan,
integrated with wilderness first aid, whitewater rescue, and national search
and rescue secretariat standards, and make use of ORCKA's insurance plans to run programming; ORCKA Instructors stay up-to-date with
re-certification clinics every three years.
ORCKA's Program is the paddlesports skill progression and knowledge base used in Ontario for instruction and public education.
From allowing first-time paddlers to have a safe and enjoyable experience, to cultivating the top-level skill required by responsible
Instructors and Trip Leaders, the program is used throughout Ontario to introduce people to paddlesports and to get them to the level where
they can safely enjoy recreational paddling ... and eventually help others to do the same.
From your first time in a boat to the skill and experience required to successfully lead
others on a 15+ day trip in Algonquin Park, Temagami, or your favourite 'continuous flow' northern river; from entry-level moving water
to the skill required to do all the moves on the Ottawa or the Gull river, ORCKA has since its inception provided Ontarians with the skills
courses and instructor certifications they need to progress in paddling in a safe and competent manner. Find a
skills course or an
Learn to Trip
When it comes to paddling, wilderness tripping is what sets Canada apart;
an integral part of ORCKA's Program is the skill progression allowing for people to become responsible
Trippers and Trip Leaders -- Trip Leader certification
is the top-level Canoe Tripping or Kayak Tripping skills certification and is the benchmark standard required to responsibly lead wilderness
canoe or kayak trips.
ORCKA Instructors working for ORCKA Organizational Members conduct ORCKA Programming --
the ORCKA sanctioned skills and
instructor courses they run provide for the basis of safe recreational paddling;
ORCKA Organizational Members are the industry standard in paddling education, responsible guiding,
and leadership ... ORCKA Instructors
and ORCKA Trip Leaders provide Ontarians with the instructional and
guided-trip opportunities they need.