ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3

(formally called Tripping level 2)

Canoe Tripping Level 3 is the canoe guiding standard for Ontario. †The course emphasizes leadership and organization skills under challenging conditions. Canoe Tripping Level 1 skills are reviewed and expanded upon; new skills and theory are introduced to enhance the leadership ability and potential of the candidate. The course involves a canoe trip stressing organization, safety, leadership, and risk and crisis management. Upon successful completion candidates will be awarded the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCKA) Canoe Tripping Level 2 certificate. The ORCKA Tripping 3 certification is recognized as the canoe guide certification of Ontario.

This course is run in a Moving Water environment. You must have Moving Water skills or have taken the Moving Water 1A or River Running 1A and Style Paddling Level 1 course. We recommend taking the Combined Tripping 3, River Running 1A and Style Paddling 1A course. Please read the Prerequisites carefully.†

Why Choose Akuni Adventures for Tripping 3?

We believe guiding participants down moving water requires a higher degree of leadership and risk management skills. By putting the leaders in a more difficult position they will leave the course with a higher level of competency and understand that managing risks is the priority when leading any trip.

We have certified canoe tripping guides in Ontario since 1999. Most of our participants are Teachers, camp leaders or guides who work in the Outdoor Industry. Our program focuses on creating competent trip leaders who can lead a trip safety and can effectively handle an emergency on a trip.†


ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 1, Style Paddling 1, Moving Water Level 1A or River Running 1A, equivalent certification, or comparable skills and experience (with permission of Course Director). At least 25 nights of wilderness tripping experience totaling 500 km. At least 6 canoe trips in which the candidate was responsible for some of the organization. At least one wilderness canoe trip of 5 days or more.

Note: If you do not have all the prerequisites consider our Combined žStyle Paddling, River Running and Tripping 3 Course.


August 22-26, 2016 (We need four people to run this course. Currently have two people. Let us know if you are interested and we will run it.)

This course can be offered to groups of four or more. Contact the office if you would like us to run a course for you.

Time: 8:30am-until sleep time :)†


$525 (plus HST).†


Palmer Rapids (Palmer Rapids Ontario)

Physical Difficulty:

Moderate. Participant must be comfortable in water with lifejacket.

What's Included:

Food, canoe, paddle, lifejacket, instruction

What's not Included:†

Transportation, personal camping equipment.

Course Content


-Review of previous theory items

-Canoeing history

-Canoe design and construction

-Canoe repair and construction

-Wilderness first aid

-Weather interpretation

-Trip planning, reporting and assessment

-Trip leadership

-Risk management

-Crisis management


-Review of previous safety items

-Swimming and treading water

-Artificial respiration using a canoe

-Canoe over canoe rescue

-Self rescue

-Line toss and rescue



-Review of previous skill items


-Food and menu planning


-Knots, hitches, lashings, and ropes


-Lining, tracking and wading

-Canoe trip

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