ORCKA Basic Instructor

If you have your 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 Instructor course. ORCKA Basic Instructors are sought after by camps, tripping companies, school boards and many other outdoor institutions.

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


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.


May 27, 28 and June 3, 4 2017 (held over the two weekends)

Course runs from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Sunday. Be prepared for a long day. Theory session after dinner on Saturday. In addition there is some eLearning pre-course work.


Before you select the "Buy Now" button below werecommend you give the office a call or email so that we can make sure you have the pre-requisits to take the course. Call the office 416-410-7240 or email info@akuni.com.

ORCKA Basic Instructor

Physical Difficulty:

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

What's Included:

Canoe, paddle, lifejacket, safety equipment and instruction

What's not Included:

Transportation, food (unless specified), parking fees, camp fees (camping available) or accommodation (unless specified).

Course Content:


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


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