The Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), Whitewater Kayak Instructor program is the nationally recognised certification for whitewater kayaking.
On completion of your CKC course you gain a similar Paddle Canada (PC) whitewater kayak certification that allows you to offer PCs nationally recognized skills certification program. CKC and PC partner at the national level.
The CKC program is part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is run by the Coaching Association of Canada which offers certifications for most sport disiplines.
The NCCP Kayaking Instructor levels are:
Pool Kayak Instructor – Certifies instructors to lead a pool kayaking session. Ideal entry point for new instructors. Previous paddling experience is not required. Covers kayak basics including propulsion, turning strokes and wet-exits.
Lake Kayak Instructor – Certifies instructors to lead and instruct paddlers on flat water. Covers rolling, edging and strokes in preparation for entering the current.
River Kayak Leader 2 – Certifies river leaders to take paddlers down class 1-2 rivers.
River Kayak Instructor 2 – Certifies instructors to facilitate learning on class 1-2 rivers.
Whitewater Kayak Leader 3 – Certifies river leaders to take paddlers down class 3 rivers.
Whitewater Kayak Instructor 3 – Certifies instructors to facilitate learning on class 3 rivers.
Each qualification is a prerequisite for the next.
Paddlers must be 16 year of age to can gain trained status and 18+ to gain certified status.
To obtain an NCCP sport qualification all participants must pass the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) module.
Ontario course dates for 2017 are as follows:
- Pool and Lake Instructor Madawaska Kanu Centre June 3/4 (Lake Kamaniskeg)
- Level 2 Leader/ Instructor Madawaska Kanu Centre June 5-9 (Madawaska River)
- Level 3 Leader/Instructor Madawaska Kanu Centre June 19-23 (Ottawa river)
The two-day Pool and Lake Instructor course will be held on open water. Evaluations with real students will occur on Sunday afternoon.
The level 2 five day course combines both the leader and instructor certifications in one course. Evaluation for leader will be a mid-week river trip and the instructor evaluation occurs on the final day teaching real students.
The level 3 course combines both the leader and instructor certifications in a 5-day program. The course will be held on the Ottawa River and is based at the Owl Rafting Resort. Evaluation for leader will be a mid-week river trip and the instructor evaluation occurs on the final day teaching real students.