Program Overview

Canoe Progression

Basic Program

Level 1
Launching and Removing; Entering and Exiting; Pivots; Sideward Displacement; Forward Straight Line and Stop; Landing; Lifts and Carries

Level 2
Turns; Circles; Landings; Reverse Straight Line

Level 3
Introduction to the 5 Core Flatwater Skills: Pivots, Landings, Circles, Sideward Displacement, Forward and Reverse Straight Line plus Stopping

Level 4: Intro to Solo Paddling

Canadian Style Paddling

Canoe Tripping

Moving Water

River Running

Core Skills:
Pivots
Landings
Circles
Sideward Displacement
Forward and Reverse Straight Line; Stopping

Core Skills:
Canoeing; Portaging; Lining
Food and Menu Planning
Navigation
Knots, Lashings, Ropes
Risk Management and Emergency Response

Core Skills:
Eddy Turn and Peel Out
Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]
Surf
S-Turn; Cross-Stream Momentum and Edge Transfer
Quick-Start; Running Rapids Under Power
Running Drops
Braces and Rolling
Core Skills:
Eddy Turn and Peel Out
Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]
Surf
S-Turn
Running Rapids Under Power
Braces and Rolling
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Advanced
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction
Level 2: Intermediate
Level 3: Trip Leader
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction [Class I-II Whitewater]
Level 2: Intermediate [Class II-III Whitewater]
Level 3: Advanced  [Class III-III+ Whitewater]
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction [Class I-II Whitewater]
Level 2: Intermediate [Class II-III Whitewater]
Level 3: Advanced  [Class III-III+ Whitewater]

Kayak Progression

Flatwater Program

Launching and Removing; Entering and Exiting; Pivots; Sideward Displacement; Forward and Reverse Paddling plus Stop; Turning; Lifts and Carries

Coastal Kayaking

Moving Water Kayaking

Kayak Tripping

Core Skills:
Pivoting
Sideward Paddling
Turning
Preventing a Capsize
Forward and Reverse Paddling; Stopping

Core Skills:
Eddy Turn and Peel Out
Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]
Surf
Cross-Stream Momentum and Edge Transfer
Running Drops
Braces and Rolling
Core Skills:
Kayaking
Food and Menu Planning
Navigation
Knots, Lashings, Ropes
Risk Management and Emergency Response

Progression:
Level 1: Introduction
Level 2: Advanced
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction [Class I-II Whitewater]
Level 2: Advanced  [Class II-III Whitewater]
Progression:
Level 1: Introduction
Level 2: Trip Leader

Voyageur Canoe Progression

Level 1
Launching and Removing; Entering and Exiting; 2-Side and 4-Section Paddling; Sideward Displacement; Forward Straight Line and Stop; Landing; Lifts and Carries

Level 2
Bracing; 6-Section Paddling; Turns; Avant and Gouvernail Skills

Level 3: Trip Leader
Paddling in Open-Water Conditions; Sail Rigging and Sailing; Food and Menu Planning; Navigation; Knots, Hitches, Lashings, and Ropes; Lining, Tracking, Wading, and Towing

Disciplines and Course Outlines

Introduction to Safe Canoeing

Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: All ORCKA Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Canoe Over Canoe Rescue

  • Theory
  • Equipment Knowledge

  • Safe Canoeing Procedures

  • Government Regulations

  • Skills
  • Launching and Removing a Canoe

  • Entering and Exiting a Canoe

  • Paddling Positions

  • Balancing

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward straight line

  • Stopping

  • Landing

  • Lifts and carries

  • Basic Canoeing Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CCI, BC and Canoeing Discipline Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection

  • Equipment knowledge

  • Equipment care

  • Safe canoeing procedures

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing canoe

  • Entering and exiting canoe

  • Paddling positions

  • Balancing

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward straight line

  • Stopping

  • Landing

  • Lifts and carries

  • Basic Canoeing Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CCI, BC and Canoeing Discipline Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Theory
  • Outdoor precautions

  • Equipment knowledge

  • Government regulations

  • Skills
  • Trimming

  • Changing positions

  • Inside and outside turns

  • Inside and outside circles

  • Inside and outside landings

  • Reverse straight line

  • Lifts and carries

  • Basic Canoeing Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CCI, BC and Canoeing Discipline Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Re-entering canoe

  • Theory
  • Windy weather precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Circles

  • Landings

  • Lifts and carries

  • Transporting canoe on vehicle

  • Canoe tour

  • Basic Canoeing Level 4

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 3, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 1 and 1/2 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: BC and CSP Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Review of Basic Canoeing 1-3 safety items

  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Re-entering canoe

  • Theory
  • Review of Basic Canoeing 1-3 theory

  • Canoeing history

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing canoe

  • Entering and exiting canoe

  • Paddling positions and trimming

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward and reverse straight line; stopping

  • Circles

  • Landings

  • Lifts and carries

  • Basic Canoeing

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none [Basic Canoeing is Basic Canoeing 1-4 as one level]

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: BC and CSP Instructors; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Re-entering canoe

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Safe canoeing procedures and government regulations

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing canoe

  • Entering and exiting canoe

  • Paddling positions and trimming

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Circles

  • Landings

  • Lifts and carries

  • Transporting canoe on vehicle

  • Canoe tour

  • Canadian Style Paddling Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CSP Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Self rescue

  • Line toss and rescue

  • Theory
  • Canoeing heritage

  • Canoe design and construction

  • Canoeing dynamics

  • Canoeing first aid

  • Canoeing resources

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Circles

  • Forward and reverse straight lines; stopping

  • Landings

  • Triangular course in wind

  • Slalom course

  • Portaging

  • Canadian Style Paddling Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Canadian Style Paddling Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CSP Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Self rescue

  • Theory
  • Canoeing heritage

  • Canoe design and construction

  • Canoeing dynamics

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Circles

  • Forward and reverse straight lines; stopping

  • Landings

  • Triangular course in wind

  • Slalom course

  • Portaging

  • Canadian Style Paddling Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Canadian Style Paddling Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CSP Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Review of CSP Level 1 and 2 safety

  • Swimming

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Self rescue

  • Reaching assist and throw line

  • Theory
  • Review of CSP Level 1 and 2 theory

  • Canoeing history

  • Canoe design and construction

  • Canoeing repair and maintenance

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Circles

  • Forward and reverse straight lines; stopping

  • Landings

  • Advanced manoeuvres [in-line pivots, pinwheel, 45° sideward displacement, core skills in reverse, offside, etc.]

  • Triangular course in wind

  • Slalom course

  • English Gates

  • Portaging

  • Moving Water Canoeing Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, River Difficulty, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 4 days

  • River Difficulty: Class I-II

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: MWC or RR Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming a rapid

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • River Signals

  • Theory
  • Canoe outfitting

  • River morphology 101

  • Temperature related concerns

  • Day trip planning

  • Canoeing resources

  • Skills
  • Lifts and Carries

  • Entering and Exiting

  • Carving

  • Eddy Turn

  • S Turn

  • Front Ferry

  • Back Ferry

  • Front Surf

  • Using river features: Wave troughs; Dry lines

  • Moving Water Canoeing Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, River Difficulty, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Moving Water Canoeing or River Running Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 4 days

  • River Difficulty: Class II-III

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: MWC or RR Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Self Rescue

  • Canoe rescues: Canoe over canoe; towing; bumping

  • Communications

  • Throw Bag: throwing; receiving

  • Theory
  • Canoe history

  • Canoe design and construction

  • River morphology 201

  • River difficulty

  • Skills
  • Review of Moving Water Level 1 skills

  • Paddler Dynamics

  • Building and Maintaining Momentum

  • Control Strokes

  • Jet Ferry

  • Side Slip

  • Side Surf

  • Using river features: Slack-water; Weight Transfer; Linking Turns

  • Moving Water Canoeing Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, River Difficulty, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Moving Water Canoeing or River Running Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • River Difficulty: Class III and III+

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: MWC or RR Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Review: Communication; Self Rescue; Canoe Rescues; Throw Bag Rescues

  • Rescue and Recovery Dangers

  • Safety Equipment

  • Theory
  • Canoe Heritage

  • Day River Tripping

  • River morphology 301

  • Medical Issues

  • Skills
  • Review of Moving Water Level 2 skills

  • Shift

  • Wave Blocking

  • Outside Tilt

  • Rolling

  • Using river features: Backwash of Hydraulics; Foam Piles; Tubbing; Eddy Currents

  • Introduction to Canoe Tripping

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: All ORCKA Instructors; 1 instructor per 4 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Canoe Over Canoe Rescue

  • Communications

  • Personal and Camp Hygiene

  • Theory
  • PFD Knowledge

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Canoeing Resources

  • Government Regulations

  • Float Plan

  • Skills
  • Canoe Loading and Trimming

  • Trip Packing

  • Navigation

  • Campsites

  • Fires and Stoves

  • Portaging

  • Safe Use of Tools

  • Canoeing First Aid

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Environmental Practices and Concerns

  • Canoeing Resources

  • Clothing and Personal Effects

  • Canoe Tripping Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days plus overnight trip

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 4 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Retrieving a loaded, swamped canoe

  • Canoe Over Canoe Rescue

  • Self Rescue

  • Line toss and rescue

  • Communications

  • Personal and Camp Hygiene

  • Theory
  • Canoe Heritage

  • Canoe Design and Construction

  • Trip Planning

  • Canoe Tripping Gear

  • Clothing and Personal Effects

  • Tools and Repair Kits

  • Canoeing First Aid

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Environmental Practices and Concerns

  • Canoeing Resources

  • Skills
  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Packing

  • Navigation

  • Campsites and Shelters

  • Fires and Stoves

  • Knots

  • Portaging

  • Canoe Trip

  • Canoe Tripping Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing and Canoe Tripping Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days plus 2 night trip

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 4 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Canoe Over Canoe Rescue [loaded canoe]

  • Self Rescue [loaded canoe]

  • Line toss and rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Canoe Heritage

  • Canoe Design and Construction

  • Canoe Repair and Maintenance

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Trip Leadership

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Review of Canoe Tripping Level 1 skills

  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, Hitches, Lashing, and Ropes

  • Portaging

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Canoe Trip

  • Canoe Tripping Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 2, Canadian Style Paddling Level 1 (tandem), and Moving Water or River Running Level 1 (tandem) -- or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 500km and 25 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with one 5 day trip, and 6 trips with an organization/leadership role; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 2 days plus 3 night trip

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 4 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Continuous demonstration of Canoe Tripping Level 1 and 2 safety items

  • Communications

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Theory
  • Canoe Tripping Level 1 and 2 theory items

  • Canoe Repair and Maintenance

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, Hitches, Lashing, and Ropes

  • Portaging

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Canoe Trip

  • River Running Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 4 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: RR and MWC Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming a rapid

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • River Signals

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Canoe Heritage

  • Canoe Design and Construction

  • Canoe Outfitting

  • River Morphology 101

  • River Reading

  • River First Aid

  • Temperature related concerns

  • Day trip planning

  • Canoeing resources

  • Skills
  • Entering and Exiting

  • Eddy Turn

  • Peel Out

  • S Turn

  • Front Ferry

  • Back Ferry

  • Front Surf

  • Using river features: Wave troughs; Dry lines

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Lifts, Carries, Portaging

  • River Running Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA River Running or Moving Water Canoeing Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 4 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: RR or MWC Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming a rapid

  • Retrieving a swamped [loaded] canoe

  • Canoe Rescues

  • Pinned Canoe Recovery

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Canoe History

  • Canoe Design and Construction

  • Paddler Dynamics

  • River Morphology 201

  • River Reading

  • River Difficulty

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Review of River Running Level 1 Skills

  • Eddy Turn

  • Peel Out

  • S Turn

  • Ferry: Front; Back; Jet

  • Side Slip

  • Front Surf

  • Using river features: Slack-water; Weight Transfer

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • River Running Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA River Running Moving Water Canoeing Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: RR or MWC Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming a rapid

  • Retrieving a swamped [loaded] canoe

  • Canoe Rescues

  • River Rescue

  • Safety Equipment

  • Communications

  • Canoe Repair

  • Theory
  • Canoe History

  • Canoe Design and Construction

  • Paddler Dynamics

  • River Morphology 301

  • River Reading

  • River Difficulty

  • River First Aid

  • Rescue and Recovery Dangers

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Review of River Running Level 2 Skills

  • Eddy Turn

  • Peel Out

  • S Turn

  • Ferry: Front; Back; Jet

  • Side Slip

  • Front Surf

  • Using river features: Foam Piles; Boils; Eddy Currents

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Introduction to Safe Kayaking

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1/2 day

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 11km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: FK Instructor; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Wet exit

  • Retrieving a swamped kayak

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and Paddles

  • Government regulations

  • Safety equipment

  • Injury prevention

  • Skills
  • Entering and exiting kayak

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Turning

  • Lifts and carries

  • Touring
  • Judgement

  • Flatwater Kayaking

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1 and 1/2 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 18km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves; kayaks with no rudder or skeg

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: FK Instructor; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Wet exit

  • Capsize and swim kayak to shore

  • Peer rescue

  • Assisted roll rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Government regulations

  • Outdoor precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayaking history

  • Kayaking resources

  • Skills
  • Launching, landing, and removing kayak

  • Entering and exiting kayak

  • Pivoting

  • Sideward paddling

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Turning

  • Lifts and carries

  • Introduction to edging

  • Manoeuvring in a confined space

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Securing

  • Touring
  • Personal and group safety equipment

  • Paddling precautions

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Navigation

  • Incident Management

  • Access

  • Day Trip Planning

  • Kayak tour

  • Coastal Kayaking Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 18km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves; kayaks with a sealed bulkhead and a closed cockpit.

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: Coastal Kayaking Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 6 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Rescue of a Swimmer

  • Towing rescue

  • Peer rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Unassisted roll rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and construction

  • Kayak Outfitting

  • Government regulations

  • Outdoor precautions

  • Weather

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayaking history and heritage

  • Kayaking resources

  • Skills
  • Skill Review

  • Pivoting

  • Sideward paddling

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Stopping

  • Turning

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Touring
  • Equipment

  • Paddling precautions

  • Navigation

  • Day Trip Planning

  • Kayak tour

  • Coastal Kayaking Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); eight coastal kayak trips each of five hours duration; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 37km/h, Sea State -- 1m waves; kayaks with a sealed bulkhead and a closed cockpit.

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: Coastal Kayaking Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Rescue of a Swimmer

  • Towing rescue

  • Peer rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Assisted and Unassisted roll rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and construction

  • Kayak Outfitting

  • Government regulations

  • Outdoor precautions

  • Weather

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayaking history and heritage

  • Kayaking resources

  • Skills
  • Skill Review

  • Pivoting

  • Sideward paddling

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Stopping

  • Turning

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Touring
  • Equipment

  • Paddling precautions

  • Navigation

  • Day Trip Planning

  • Kayak tour

  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: MWK Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 6 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming a rapid

  • Self Rescue of a swamped kayak

  • Unassisted roll rescue

  • Rescue of others

  • Throw bag rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and construction

  • Kayak outfitting

  • Government regulations

  • River morphology

  • River reading

  • Rescue priorities

  • River first aid

  • Environmental awareness

  • Skills
  • Skills review

  • Controlling the kayak

  • Bracing

  • Crossing the eddy line

  • Front Ferry

  • Side slip

  • River Running
  • Equipment

  • Day trip planning

  • Running a shuttle

  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: MWK Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 6 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety review

  • Swimming a rapid

  • Rescue of a swimmer

  • Recovery of a kayak

  • Unassisted roll rescue

  • Peeer Rescue

  • Throw bag rescue

  • Advanced rescues

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and construction

  • Equipment maintenance and repair

  • Kayaking history

  • River morphology

  • River reading

  • Rescue and recovery dangers

  • Risk and crisis management

  • Skills
  • Controlling the kayak

  • Crossing the eddy line

  • Front Ferry

  • Jet Ferry

  • Side slip

  • Front surf

  • Side surf

  • Advanced manoeuvres

  • River Running
  • Day trip planning

  • Running a shuttle

  • Kayak trip

  • Kayak Tripping Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 days plus 2 night trip

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 18km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves; kayaks with a sealed bulkhead and a closed cockpit.

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: Kayak Tripping Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per 6 boats [1 instructor and 1 trip-leader required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Rescue of a Swimmer

  • Towing rescue

  • Recovery of a kayak

  • Peer rescue

  • Assisted roll rescue

  • Unassisted self rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Kayak design and construction

  • Kayak first aid

  • Government regulations

  • Repair Kit

  • Weather

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayak Tripping resources

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing kayak

  • Kayaking

  • Packing

  • Food and menu planning

  • Campsites and shelters

  • Fires and stoves

  • Ropes and knots

  • Touring
  • Trip planning

  • Personal risk management

  • Navigation

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Kayak trip

  • Kayak Tripping Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Kayak Tripping Level 1, ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 1, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 500km and 25 nights kayak tripping experience with one 5 day trip, and 6 trips with an organization/leadership role; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 5 days plus 3 night trip

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 18km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves; kayaks with a sealed bulkhead and a closed cockpit.

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: Kayak Tripping Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 6 boats [1 instructor and 1 trip-leader required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Rescue of a Swimmer

  • Towing rescue

  • Peer rescue

  • Assisted and Unassisted roll rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Advanced rescues

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Theory review

  • Kayak design and construction

  • Kayaking history

  • Wilderness first aid

  • Weather

  • Environmental awareness

  • Skills
  • Skill review

  • Kayaking

  • Food and menu planning

  • Touring
  • Trip planning, reporting, and assessment

  • Personal risk management and emergency response

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Navigation

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Running a shuttle

  • Kayak trip

  • Introduction to Stand Up Paddling

    Kayak Tripping Day-Trip Leader

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Flatwater Kayaking [for flatwater day-trips], Moving Water Kayaking Level 1 [for moving water Kayaking day-trips], Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 [for Voyageur day-trips], SUP Level 2 [for SUP day-trips], or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 125km and 10 day-trips, with 5 three-hour day-trips of 15km and 5 day-trips with an organization/leadership role; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 1 days plus pre-course work

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: KT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 20 participants


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Communications

  • Paddling judgement

  • Paddling first aid

  • Use of a throw rope

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Weather interpretation

  • Navigation

  • Running a Shuttle

  • Theory
  • Craft design and construction

  • Equipment maintenance and repair

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Government regulations

  • Voyageur Canoe Level 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: none

  • Course Length: 1 day

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: VC Instructor 1 and 2; 1 instructor per voyageur canoe


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • General Safety and Group Communication

  • Special Logistics for Large Canoes

  • Group Lifts and Carrying techniques

  • Regulation safety items and ORCKA requirements

  • Self-rescue for Voyageur Canoes

  • Theory
  • Voyageur Canoe Paddling Positions

  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Outdoor Precautions and Day Trip Preparations

  • Safe Canoeing Procedures

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Canoeing heritage and large canoes types

  • Voyageur canoe design and construction

  • Group dynamics

  • Introduction to Living History

  • Skills
  • Lifting, Launching, Removing, and Storing

  • Entering and exiting the canoe

  • Individual Braced Paddling Positions

  • Milieux Bracing and Paddling Techniques

  • 2-Side Paddling for basic pivots and turns

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Stops

  • Changing positions and switches

  • 4-Section Paddling

  • Sideward displacement

  • Canoe tour

  • Securing the canoe for transport

  • Voyageur Canoe Level 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Level 1 and ORCKA Basic Canoeing Level 3, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors).

  • Course Length: 2 and 1/2 days

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: VC Instructor 2; 1 instructor per voyageur canoe


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • General Safety and Group Communication

  • On-Water and Emergency Communication

  • Special Logistics for Large Canoes

  • Group Lifts and Carrying techniques

  • Regulation safety items and ORCKA requirements

  • Loading, Load Stability, and Effects of Trim

  • Rescues for Voyageur Canoes

  • Bailing Self-rescue for Voyageur Canoes

  • Canoe over Canoe Rescue for North Canoes

  • Line toss and rescue

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Theory
  • Equipment Review

  • Outdoor Precautions and Canoeing First Aid

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response

  • Day Trip Preparations and Planning

  • Skills
  • General Overview

  • Lifting, Launching, Removing, and Storing

  • Individual Bracing and Paddling Posture

  • Advanced Braces

  • 2-side Paddling for basic pivots and turns

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Stops

  • Changing positions and switches

  • 4-section and 6-section Paddling, Advanced Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Performance Turns

  • Advanced Avant Skills

  • Advanced Gouvernail Skills

  • Leadership Skills as Gouvernail

  • Canoe tour

  • Securing the canoe for transport

  • Voyageur Canoeing Level 3

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Voyageur Canoe Level 2, Canadian Style Paddling Level 1, and Moving Water or River Running Level 1; 500km and 25 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with one 5 day trip, and 6 trips with an organization/leadership role; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days plus 3 night trip

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: VC Instructor 2; 1 instructor per voyageur canoe


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Continuous demonstration of previous items

  • Open-water Conditions

  • Emergency Communication

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Canoe Rescues in Various Specified Conditions

  • Theory
  • Previous theory items

  • Canoe repair and maintenance

  • Wilderness first aid

  • Weather Reports and Weather interpretation

  • Skills
  • Continuous demonstration of previous items

  • Paddling in various specified open-water conditions

  • Sail rigging and sailing

  • Food and menu planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, hitches, lashings, and ropes

  • Group 'Instructions for all' Procedures

  • Lining, tracking, wading, and towing

  • Canoe trip

  • Living History - Traditional Skills

  • Stand Up Paddling Level 1

    Stand Up Paddling Level 2

    Stand Up Paddling Level 3

    Day Trip Leader

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Instructor Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Basic Canoeing [for flatwater day-trips], Moving Water Canoeing Level 2 [for moving water canoeing day-trips], Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 [for Voyageur day-trips], SUP Level 2 [for SUP day-trips], or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 125km and 10 day-trips, with 5 three-hour day-trips of 15km and 5 day-trips with an organization/leadership role; 17yrs of age

  • Course Length: 1 day plus pre-course work

  • Instructor Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 20 participants


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Communications

  • Paddling judgement

  • Paddling first aid

  • Use of a throw rope

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Skills
  • Weather interpretation

  • Navigation

  • Running a Shuttle

  • Theory
  • Craft design and construction

  • Equipment maintenance and repair

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Government regulations

  • Camp Canoeing Instructor

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing; 16yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Program Fee: $85 [includes instructor membership - CCIs recertify after the first 2 yrs, and then every 3 yrs going on]

  • Instructor Certifies: Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3 [while working at an OCA camp]

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Canoeing Discipline Instructor 2 or Basic Canoeing Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Re-entering canoe

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Safe canoeing procedures and government regulations

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing canoe

  • Entering and exiting canoe

  • Paddling positions and trimming

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Circles

  • Landings

  • Lifts and carries

  • Transporting canoe on vehicle

  • Canoe tour

  • Basic Canoeing Instructor

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing; 16yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Program Fee: $85 [includes instructor membership]

  • Instructor Certifies: Basic Canoeing Levels 1-4

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Canoeing Discipline Instructor 2 or Basic Canoeing Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course -- CSP Instructor 2 for the skills portion]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Retrieving a swamped canoe

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Re-entering canoe

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Safe canoeing procedures and government regulations

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Skills
  • Launching and removing canoe

  • Entering and exiting canoe

  • Paddling positions and trimming

  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Forward and reverse straight line

  • Circles

  • Landings

  • Lifts and carries

  • Transporting canoe on vehicle

  • Canoe tour

  • Canadian Style Paddling Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Canadian Style Paddling Level 2; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 4 days [2 days if already an ORCKA Instructor in another discipline]

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Canadian Style Paddling Level 1; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-4; Camp Canoeing Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: CSP Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Self Rescue

  • Review of CSP and BC Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Safe canoeing procedures and government regulations

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation; Learning Theory

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills and Techniques

  • Student Evaluation

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Circles

  • Forward and reverse straight lines; stopping

  • Landings

  • Triangular course in wind

  • Slalom course

  • Portaging

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Canadian Style Paddling Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Canadian Style Paddling Level 3; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Canadian Style Paddling Levels 1-3; Basic Canoeing Instructor; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-4; Camp Canoeing Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: CSP Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Swimming

  • Canoe over canoe rescue

  • Self Rescue

  • Windy Weather Precautions

  • Review of CSP and BC Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Design Principles and Terminology

  • Repair and Maintenance

  • Construction and Materials

  • Paddling Mechanics

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Pivots

  • Sideward displacement

  • Circles

  • Forward and reverse straight lines; stopping

  • Landings

  • Advanced manoeuvres [in-line pivots, pinwheel, 45° sideward displacement, core skills in reverse, offside, etc.]

  • Triangular course in wind

  • Slalom course

  • English Gates

  • Portaging

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Moving Water Canoeing Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Moving Water Canoeing Level 2 or River Running Level 2; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 4 days [2 days if already an ORCKA Instructor in another discipline]

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Moving Water Canoeing Level 1, Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: MWC and RR Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Moving Water Level 1 and 2 Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Design Principles and Terminology

  • Repair and Maintenance

  • Construction and Materials

  • Paddling Mechanics

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Eddy Turn and Peel Out

  • Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]

  • Surf [Front, Side]

  • S-Turn

  • Quick-Start; Running Rapids Under Power

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Moving Water Canoeing Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Moving Water Canoeing Level 3 or River Running Level 3; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Moving Water Canoeing [River Running] Instructor 1 and Levels 1-3; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3; Camp Canoeing Instructor; Basic Canoeing Instructor [CSP Instructor 2 for the skills portion]

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: MWC or RR Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Moving Water Levels 1 - 3 Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Design Principles and Terminology

  • Repair and Maintenance

  • Construction and Materials

  • Paddling Mechanics

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Eddy Turn and Peel Out

  • Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]

  • Surf [Front, Side]

  • S-Turn

  • Quick-Start; Running Rapids Under Power

  • Running Drops

  • Braces and Rolling

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Camp Canoe Tripping Instructor

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Basic Canoeing; 200km and 15 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with one 4 day trip, and 3 trips with an organization/leadership role; 16yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Program Fee: $85 [includes instructor membership - CCTIs recertify after the first 2 yrs, and then every 3 yrs going on]

  • Instructor Certifies: Canoe Tripping Level 1 [while working at an OCA camp]

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 4 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Canoe Tripping 1 and 2, and Basic Canoeing Safety Items

  • Communications

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Theory
  • Canoe Tripping 1 and 2, and Basic Canoeing Theory Items

  • Canoe Repair and Maintenance

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Skills
  • Canoe Tripping 1 and 2, and Basic Canoeing Skills Items

  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, Hitches, Lashing, and Ropes

  • Portaging

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Canoe Trip

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • Canoe Tripping Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3, Canadian Style Paddling Level 1 (tandem), and Moving Water or River Running Level 1 (tandem); 500km and 25 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with one 5 day trip, and 6 trips with an organization/leadership role; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 4 days [2 days if already an ORCKA Instructor in another discipline]

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Canoe Tripping Level 1; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 2 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Prerequisite Safety Items

  • Communications

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Theory
  • Prerequisite Theory items

  • Canoe Repair and Maintenance

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Prerequisite Skills Items

  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, Hitches, Lashing, and Ropes

  • Portaging

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Canoe Trip

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • Canoe Tripping Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3, Canadian Style Paddling Level 1 (tandem), and Moving Water or River Running Level 1 (tandem); 5yrs, 1000km, and 50 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with an organization/leadership role -- general long trip wilderness experience of 400km over 3 trips and 20 days, with one 9 day trip; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Canoe Tripping Instructor 1; Canoe Tripping Levels 1-3; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3; Camp Canoe Tripping Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: CT Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 2 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Prerequisite Safety Items

  • Communications

  • Personal and Group Safety

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Risk Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Theory
  • Prerequisite Theory items

  • Canoe Repair and Maintenance

  • Trip Planning, Reporting, and Assessment

  • Trip Leadership

  • Group Dynamics

  • Weather Interpretation

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Prerequisite Skills Items

  • Canoeing

  • Food and Menu Planning

  • Navigation

  • Knots, Hitches, Lashing, and Ropes

  • Portaging

  • Lining, Tracking, and Wading

  • Canoe Trip

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • River Running Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: River Running Level 2 or Moving Water Canoeing Level 2; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 4 days [2 days if already an ORCKA Instructor in another discipline]

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: River Running [Moving Water Canoeing] Level 1, Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: RR and MWC Instructor 2; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • River Running Level 1 and 2 Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Design Principles and Terminology

  • Repair and Maintenance

  • Construction and Materials

  • Paddling Mechanics

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Eddy Turn and Peel Out

  • Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]

  • Surf [Front, Side]

  • S-Turn

  • Quick-Start; Running Rapids Under Power

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • River Running Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: River Running Level 3 or Moving Water Canoeing Level 3; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: River Running [Moving Water Canoeing] Instructor 1 and Levels 1-3; Basic Canoeing Levels 1-3; Camp Canoeing Instructor; Basic Canoeing Instructor [CSP Instructor 2 for the skills portion]

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: RR or MWC Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • River Running Levels 1 - 3 Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Design Principles and Terminology

  • Repair and Maintenance

  • Construction and Materials

  • Paddling Mechanics

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Canoeing history

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Eddy Turn and Peel Out

  • Ferry [Front, Back, Jet]

  • Surf [Front, Side]

  • S-Turn

  • Quick-Start; Running Rapids Under Power

  • Running Drops

  • Braces and Rolling

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Master Canoeing Instructor

    Coastal Kayaking Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Flatwater Kayaking and Coastal Kayaking Level 2 conditions; Flatwater and Coastal kayaks.

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Coastal Kayaking Level 1, Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 5 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Personal and Group Safety Equipment

  • Unassisited roll rescue

  • Advanced Rescues

  • Crisis Management

  • Group Management

  • Theory
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 1 and Flatwater Kayaking Theory Items

  • Skills
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 2 and Flatwater Kayaking Skills Items

  • Touring
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 1 and Flatwater Kayaking Touring Items

  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Preparation for teaching

  • Presentation skills and techniques

  • Evaluation

  • Lesson plans and Lessons

  • Coastal Kayaking Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 5 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Coastal Kayaking Level 2 conditions; Coastal kayaks.

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Coastal Kayaking Level 1 and 2, Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Personal and Group Safety Equipment

  • Unassisited roll rescue

  • Advanced Rescues

  • Crisis Management

  • Teaching the Unassisted Roll Rescue

  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Preparation for teaching

  • Presentation skills and techniques

  • Evaluation

  • Lesson plans and Lessons

  • Skills
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 2 Skills Items

  • Touring
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 2 Touring Items

  • Theory
  • Coastal Kayaking Level 2 Theory Items

  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Preparation for teaching

  • Presentation skills and techniques

  • Evaluation

  • Lesson plans and Lessons

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Camp Kayaking Instructor

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking Level A; 16yrs of age

  • Course Length: 2 and 1/2 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Flatwater Kayaking conditions; Flatwater kayaks

  • Program Fee: $85 [includes instructor membership]

  • Instructor Certifies: Flatwater Kayaking A

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Kayaking Instructor 1 and 2, or Flatwater Kayaking Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Wet exit

  • Capsize and swim kayak to shore

  • Towing rescue

  • Peer rescue

  • Assisted roll rescue

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Equipment selection, knowledge, and care

  • Government regulations

  • Outdoor precautions

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayaking history

  • Kayaking resources

  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Preparation for teaching

  • Presentation skills and techniques

  • Evaluation

  • Skills
  • Launching, landing, and removing kayak

  • Entering and exiting kayak

  • Pivoting

  • Sideward paddling

  • Forward and reverse paddling

  • Turning

  • Lifts and carries

  • Introduction to edging

  • Manoeuvring in a confined space

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Securing

  • Touring
  • Personal and group safety equipment

  • Awareness of others

  • Safe kayaking procedures

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Incident Management

  • Access

  • Planning

  • Kayak tour

  • Flatwater Kayaking Instructor

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Flatwater Kayaking; 16yrs of age

  • Course Length: 5 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Flatwater Kayaking and Coastal Kayaking Level 1 conditions; Flatwater and Coastal kayaks

  • Program Fee: $85 [includes instructor membership]

  • Instructor Certifies: Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: Flatwater Kayaking Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Rescue of a swimmer

  • Towing rescue

  • Peer rescue

  • Advanced rescue

  • Assisted and Unassisited roll rescue

  • Unassisted re-entry

  • Communications

  • Theory
  • Equipment, Kayak design and construction, and outfitting

  • Government regulations

  • Outdoor precautions

  • Weather

  • Environmental awareness

  • Kayaking history

  • Kayaking resources

  • Skills
  • Lifting, Carrying, Launching, Landing, and Removing kayak

  • Pivoting

  • Sideward paddling

  • Forward and reverse paddling, and stopping

  • Turning

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Securing

  • Touring
  • Personal risk management

  • Safe kayaking procedures

  • Windy weather precautions

  • Access

  • Planning

  • Kayak tour

  • Teaching and Evaluation
  • Preparation for teaching

  • Presentation skills and techniques

  • Evaluation

  • Lesson plans and Lessons

  • Moving Water Kayaking Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Moving Water Kayaking Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Moving Water Kayaking Level 1, Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: MWK Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • Towing Rescue

  • Advanced Rescues

  • Personal and Group Safety Equipment

  • Risk and Crisis Management

  • Group Management

  • Theory
  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 2 theory items

  • Teaching Unassisted Roll Rescue

  • Skills
  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 2 skills items

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Moving Water Kayaking Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Moving Water Kayaking Level 2, or equivalent certification, comparable skills, and experience (with permission of the course instructors); 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 3 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Moving Water Kayaking Level 1 and 2, Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: MWK Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Review

  • River First Aid

  • Advanced Rescues

  • Personal and Group Safety Equipment

  • Risk and Crisis Management

  • Theory
  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 2 theory items

  • Teaching Unassisted Roll Rescue

  • Skills
  • Moving Water Kayaking Level 2 skills items

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management; Emergency Response

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Kayak Tripping Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Course Conditions and Kayak Type, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: ORCKA Kayak Tripping Level 2, ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 1, ORCKA Instructor Certification; 5yrs, 1000km, and 50 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with an organization/leadership role -- general long trip wilderness experience of 400km over 3 trips and 20 days, with one 9 day trip; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 6 days

  • Course Conditions and Kayak Type: Wind < 18km/h, Sea State < 0.5m waves; kayaks with a sealed bulkhead and a closed cockpit.

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Kayak Tripping Level 2; Flatwater Kayaking, Camp Kayaking Instructor

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: KT Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per 6 boats [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Towing Rescue

  • Peer Rescue

  • Unassisted Re-entry

  • Unassisted Roll Rescue

  • Advanced Rescues

  • Communications

  • Group Management

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Kayak Tripping Level 2, Coastal Kayaking Level 1, and Flatwater Kayaking Skills Items

  • Theory and Touring
  • Kayak Tripping Level 2, Coastal Kayaking Level 1, and Flatwater Kayaking Theory and Touring Items

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • Master Kayaking Instructor

    Voyageur Canoe Instructor 1

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Voyageur Canoeing Level 3A, or Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 and Level 3 in another Canoe discipline, or Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 and Instructor in another Canoe discipline; 200km and 10 day-trips with an organization/leadership role; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 4 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Voyageur Canoeing Level 1

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: VC Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per Voyageur canoe [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 Safety Items

  • Theory
  • Canoe design - principles and terminology

  • Materials and forms of canoe construction

  • Design and construction of paddles and accessories

  • Equipment repair

  • Canoe history

  • Environmental ethics

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 Skills Items

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • Voyageur Canoe Instructor 2

    Prerequisites, Course Length, Program Fees and Certification, Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios

  • Prerequisites: Voyageur Canoeing Level 3 [or Voyageur Canoeing Level 2 and Canoe Tripping Level 3], Canadian Style Paddling Level 1 [or Canoeing Discipline Instructor, or Basic Canoeing Instructor], ORCKA Moving Water Canoeing or River Running Level 1; 5yrs, 1000km, and 50 nights wilderness canoe tripping experience with an organization/leadership role -- general long trip wilderness experience of 400km over 3 trips of 6 days; 18yrs of age

  • Course Length: 5 days

  • Program Fee: $85 + $45 ORCKA individual membership [if not already an ORCKA member]

  • Instructor Certifies: Voyageur Canoeing Levels 1-3

  • Instructor Trainer Qualifications and Ratios: VC Instructor Trainer; 1 instructor per Voyageur canoe [2 instructors required for the course]


  • Course Elements

    Safety
  • Safety Items of the course prerequisites

  • Theory
  • Canoe design - principles and terminology

  • Materials and forms of canoe construction

  • Design and construction of paddles and accessories

  • Equipment repair

  • Canoe history

  • Environmental ethics

  • Teaching
  • Preparation and Lesson Plans; Learning Theory; Pedagogy

  • Presentation and Teaching: Skills, Styles, and Techniques; Learning Styles

  • Student Evaluation; Performance Criteria

  • Skills
  • Safety Items of the course prerequisites

  • Programming
  • ORCKA Policy, Program, Accreditation, Recertification

  • Legal and Liability

  • Paddling Resources and Organizations

  • Risk Management and Emergency Response from a Program Administration Point of View

  • Stand Up Paddling Instructor 1

    Stand Up Paddling Instructor 2

    Bridge Program and Challenge Process

    Program Administration

    Risk Management and Emergency Response

    Trip Leading