ORCKA Canoeing Certification

ORCKA It All Comes Naturally is an organizational member of ORCKA – the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association – which is a nationally recognized organization promoting paddling and the interests of paddlers in Ontario. Established in the mid-1970’s, it promotes the development of safe, competent and knowledgeable recreational canoeists and kayakers. ORCKA certifies instructors in a wide range of skills including Basic, Moving Water, River Running and Tripping in both the Canoeing and Kayaking disciplines. ORCKA also offers the Safe Canoeing Program, as well as the new Voyageur Program and Stand Up Paddleboarding program. Certification is widely recognized in the outdoor and experiential education field and is required for employment by many government and non-government businesses and organizations.

It All Comes Naturally has offered certification courses to a wide variety of clients over the years including students in SHSM programs, camp and conservation authority staff, outfitter’s guides, participants in the Guides and Scouting programs and LIT/CIT/NIT candidates at both day and residential camps. Courses have been taught at Conservation areas, summer camps, and even on canoe trips! You name the time and place – we’ll come to you, (additional travel expenses may apply).

It All Comes Naturally can offer you the Safe Canoeing Program, a three-hour course to get you safely started on your life-long journey into the joys of paddling.

For those who are looking to develop skills further, It All Comes Naturally offers Basic Canoeing certification at four levels: Levels 1-3 for tandem paddling, and Level 4 for solo paddling. Each successive level demands more skills at higher levels. Lots of time is required to develop skills, so beginner paddlers shouldn’t expect to be able to become expert paddlers in one season.

For those interested in finding out what canoe tripping is all about, It All Comes Naturally offers the Introduction to Canoe Tripping Program which is intended for paddlers who have never gone on a canoe trip. This four to five hour program covers the basic safety information you need to be aware of.

For those interested in developing canoe tripping skills and earning certification, you can take the Canoe Tripping Level 1 program. This course includes 16 or more hours of instruction plus a minimum one night canoe trip. Participants will gain sufficient skills to participate comfortably, safely and actively on canoe trips, typically led by more experienced leaders.

Course lengths and costs are as follows:

Course                                    Length                                     Cost*                     

Intro to Safe Canoeing         3 hours (no cert.)                    $40/person

Basic Level 1 Tandem           5 hours                                     $80/person

Basic Level 1-2 Tandem**   8 hours                                     $100/person

Basic Level 3 Tandem           4 additional hours                  $50/person

Basic Level 4 Solo                  12 additional hours                $120/person

Introduction to Canoe Tripping – 4 to 5 hours (no cert.)   $40/person

Canoe Tripping Level 1         16+ hours and 1 night trip    please contact us

Assessment of Skills***        1-2 hours                                  $25/person

* Cost includes use of canoes, paddles, pfds and safety kits. Entrance fees to Provincial Parks or Conservation Areas is extra, depending on course location. Discounts are available to family groups, school groups, camps, community organizations and corporate groups.

** Basic Level 1-2 is an economical way to develop your skills. If your skills aren’t up to level 2 standards, (but you’ve demonstrated Level 1 skills), we’ll book you for free into another 1-2 course once you feel you’ve practised your skills enough.

*** Not sure what Basic skills course to take? We’ll run you through a quick assessment of tandem and solo skills to see what level you’re at. The cost of your assessment will be deducted from whatever course you take.

Instructor to student ratios are 1:10 for Basic 1-3 (tandem); 1:5 for Basic 4 (solo); 1:8 for Canoe Tripping 1.

If we haven’t answered all your questions here, please contact us at info@iacn.ca.


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