Getting Certified

to Use Small Canoes


Our club, Akau Hana, owns several small canoes for use by our club members. These boats have some similarities to the larger OC-6 boats in terms of paddling technique and ocean skills; however, there are also some differences. Most notably, the paddler is solo or with one other person and cannot depend on a larger crew for assistance.

For everyone's safety, our club has developed:

  1. Rules for using our OC-1s and our OC-2

  2. A certification process to ensure that club members have the appropriate skills for the outings that they undertake 

At this site you can learn about certification levels, skill requirements, advice about how to learn these skills, and information about the examination process for each level.