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Whether it’s to upgrade your resume for work or to pursue personal interests, The Canadian Canoe Museum can help you obtain the certifications you are interested in!

We work with excellent instructors and offer a variety of courses from recognized organizations for all skill levels across multiple disciplines. Courses take place at The Canadian Canoe Museum, unless otherwise noted.

Check back often to see what certification courses have been added to the roster.

Upcoming Courses


ORCKA Level 1 & 2 – Jul 13 and 14, 2024

This two-day course provides an introduction to tandem canoeing and skill development.
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ORCKA Level 2 & 3 – Jul 20 and 21, 2024

Build on the skills learned in Basic Canoeing Level 1 in this two-day course focused on intermediate-to-advanced tandem skill development.
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Intro to Paddling – Aug 12, 2024

Pick up a paddle, unwind and relax while learning some basic canoeing skills. Obtain your ORCKA Safe Canoeing Certification.
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ORCKA Level 1 Evenings – Aug 13 and 14, 2024

Take advantage of the long summer evenings and get out for a paddle in this introductory course to canoeing skills.
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A woman wearing a personal flotation device is seated at the front of a canoe, holding a paddle and looking back over her shoulder towards the camera while bracing herself on a floating dock.

ORCKA Level 2 Evenings – Aug 15 and 16, 2024

Build on the skills learned in ORCKA Level 1 refining paddling techniques and performing maneuvers with more precision.
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Additional Information

  • Courses do not include food or drink. Pack your own lunch, or plan to purchase one from our on-site Silver Bean Cafe.
  • Each course may require a specific packing list. Course instructors will reach out prior to your arrival to ensure you bring the necessary items.
  • Equipment is provided for our paddling courses. However, you are welcome to bring your own PFD, paddle, or canoe!
  • Certification courses run rain or shine, so please dress and pack weather-appropriate.

Certificating Organization Information

“The Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association was formed in 1975 to promote accessibility of paddling experiences for everyone … to promote the development of safe, competent, and knowledgeable recreational paddlers; igniting the passion for a journey of paddling experiences and the preservation of the paddling environment. Today, ORCKA continues to grow in a dynamic manner to support and develop recreational canoeing and kayaking in Ontario!”

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Members save on their certifications!

Members of The Canadian Canoe Museum receive a 10% discount on certification courses.

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Have questions about our Certification Courses?

For more information, email [email protected].

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The Canadian Canoe Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties First Nations. The Canadian Canoe Museum also recognizes the contributions of Indigenous Peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in shaping this community and country as a whole.

As an organization that stewards the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks & paddled watercraft, we will honour and share the cultural histories and stories within the collection in all that we do.

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