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ORCKA Kayak Instructor Course

5 Days - 1 day to obtain necessary prerequisites, 2 days of coaching, 2 days of evaluation

Quick Details

ORCKA Kayak Instructor Course Select the number of participants

Course overview:

Become a moving water kayak instructor! This course is designed to bring experienced intermediate level paddlers into the exciting world of moving water instruction with the goal of developing effective and engaging teachers on the water. Take the next step in being a leader on the water, or upskill your abilities to begin working in the industry. This instructor course is an industry standard and pre-requisite for in instructing at whitewater paddling schools.

Duration: 8:30am-5:00pm

Instructor candidates will receive 3 days of coaching in how to deliver engaging lessons in moving water kayaking as well as skills  development on the latest techniques and paddling styles. The final 2 days are dedicated to a day of skills evaluation on a paddling circuit set by the Instructor Trainer and a day of teaching evaluations with students and feedback from other instructor candidates and the Instructor Trainer.

Course Elements:

Included in the cost:

– ORCKA Instructor Manual
– Certification Fees
– We have rental equipment available, but recommend using your gear to be the most comfortable and confident

Not Included in the course cost:

– Camping at Paddler Co-op
– ORCKA Instructor Membership Fee
– Paddler Co-op Annual Membership

This course is best suited for experienced, intermediate paddlers. We recommend participants have advanced paddling skills (confidence making a variety of moves in class 2 & 3 whitewater) prior to registering.

These will be full days with lots of hands-on content throughout. Plan to pack river-ready snacks and to brush up on skills beforehand!


What past instructor candidates had to say:

“It helped give me more clarity on my skills instead of doubt. The instructors course was a great opportunity and one I would recommend, as it surpassed all expectations. A great way to invest in yourself and the paddling community. It will level you up in skills and confidence. It taps into adding layers to your situational awareness and pushes you to be your best and bring out the best in others.” -Matt, Instructor Course Graduate



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