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Instructor Certification

CCKEVM encourages its members interested in becoming instructors for the club to undergo the leader and instructor training according to the recommendations of Canoe-Kayak Canada (CKC). This training consists of several modules and can be completed by combining multiple modules. To become certified as a whitewater instructor (I2), the training is typically conducted over two weekends, followed by a half-day evaluation.

The Modules

  • Pool Instructor
  • Lake Instructor (I1)
  • River Leader (L2)
  • River Instructor (I2)
  • Whitewater Leader (L3)
  • Whitewater Instructor (I3)



  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Master teaching skills in flatwater and/or whitewater
  • Consistent and reliable eskimo rolling skills
  • Have an interest and skills related to teaching and group management
  • Successful completion of a KEV4 course is no longer a requirement (old program)


To teach river kayaking courses, the instructor must also have a valid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and must have completed the Swiftwater Rescue (SWR) course. CPR and SWR are not included with the instructor training.

Upcoming instructor and leader courses:

Dates and details to be announced. The courses organized by the club are scheduled based on our need for instructors and participant demand. Individuals wishing to take an instructor course should discuss it beforehand with the director of education: