Gould Lake Outdoor Centre Staff Orientation to Canoeing and Kayaking

Unlike the name implies, this training program, started in spring 2009, aims to help Gould Lake staff achieve high level skills in first-aid, canoeing and kayaking, while not having them spend their full summer's wages doing so. This course combines a 40-hour wilderness first-aid course, with an ORCKA Flatwater Kayak Instructor/ORCKA Coastal Kayaking Level 1 course. Until 2017, this set of training courses included a Canadian Style Paddling Level 3 course as well. Looking to the future, the CSP3 course will be replaced with an ORCKA Canoe Tripping Level 3 course.

Individually, these courses would cost upwards of $800. The upfront cost of the AWFA course is $200 and the FWKI course is $100. If you complete two full-time summers of work with the Gould Lake programs, we will reimburse that $300 to you. I feel like a used car saleperson, but essentially you are investing time and effort, and gaining some incredible skills, knowledge, confidence and certification.

Dates for GLOC SOCK 2017
Advanced Wilderness First Aid (40 hr) May 19 - 22
GLOC SOCK Kayak (FWKI/CK1) June 16 - 18


Advanced Wilderness First-Aid

The 2017 Advanced Wilderness First Aid course will be run by Lee Chantrelle.
The course typically runs from 9:00AM - 5:00PM each day.
BYO Lunch and Hydration
Please bring extra clothes and outdoor gear for scenarios.
Heads up: Usually there is a night scenario on the Saturday or Sunday evening.



This is a fast paced, condensed kayak course which provides a solid foundation of kayaking skills and teaching resources and practice.
Typically, this course has a new location for each of the 3 days. In the past, we have used Gould Lake, Wolfe Island, Loughborough Lake and the 1000 Islands. Be prepared to see new conditions each day.
BYO Lunch and Hydration
Please bring clothes and gear for paddling rain or shine.