ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructor Course

About the ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructor Course

If you have your Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA) Basic Levels 1,2, 3 and 4 or Style Paddling Level 1 and 2 (or equivalent) with solid paddling skills, you qualify for taking the ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructor course. ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructors are sought after by camps, tripping companies, school boards and many other outdoor institutions.

The purpose of the ORCKA Basic Canoe Instructor Course is to provide a provincial and national certification of the competence in the instruction and administration of the ORCKA Basic Canoe Level Courses.


-Review of Safety Items
-Swimming and Treading Water
-Artificial Respiration
-Retrieving a Swamped Canoe
-Canoe over Canoe Rescue
-Reaching Assist and Throw line

-Sideward Displacement
-Reverse and Forward Straight Lines
-Triangular Course in Windy Weather

-Review of Theory Items
-Canoeing Heritage
-Selection and Care of Equipment
-Equipment Knowledge
-Canoe Design and Construction
-Canoeing Dynamics
-Canoeing First Aid
-Canoeing Resources

Teaching Skills:
-Preparation for Teaching
-Presentation Skills and Techniques

What you need to know:


1) At least 16 years of age at the time of the Basic instructor course

2) Current ORCKA Member (part of course fee)

3) ORCKA Basic Level Tandem and Basic solo, Basic 1,2 and 3; equivalent certification or comparable skills and experience (with the permission of the Course Director).

4) It is strongly recommended that all Basic Instructors have, in addition to their canoeing qualifications, some qualifications in Swimming, First Aid and CPR.

Physical Difficulty:
Long days sitting and kneeling in the canoe. Participant must be comfortable in water with lifejacket.

Canoe, paddle, lifejacket, safety equipment and instruction.

What’s not Included:
Transportation, food, parking fees, or accommodation.

The Important Stuff:

Course date(s): May 11 to 14th, 2019
Location: Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Alliston Ontario.

ORCKA Basic Instructor

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