Ocean Risk Management Program (ORMP)

Program Overview

Learn, review, and sharpen open ocean guiding skills with this exclusive program. This is a specific guide training program for Sit-on-top guides who lead groups in open-ocean and flat-water conditions. Risk is an inherent part of the activities that kayak guides partake in and this course specifically discusses ways in which to reduce risk, but also assess the parameters behind "acceptable risk".

Risk Management

This is the core concept behind the ORMP and there will be several class discussions regarding risk management and the practical application while leading groups on the ocean.

Emergency Management

Even the most active and thoughtful preventative programs sometimes find themselves managing an emergency situation. The actions taken during an emergency are critical and must be practiced for a guide to feel comfortable with this skill set.  Each participant will be placed in a scenario that will teach the following skills:

  • Preventative Practices

  • Emergency Response

  • Group Management

  • Emergency Follow-up


Pricing: $89/person    

Duration: 8hrs

Start Time: 8am-5pm

Topics: Risk Management, Emergency Management, Group Management, Kayak Guiding

Min age: 18 yrs old

Sit-On-Top Ocean Kayak Guide Training

Sit-on-top kayaking requires a different skill set than "traditional" sea kayaking does. Our instructors have more than 10 years of sit-on-top guiding experience that is specific to the waters off the coast of Southern California. Some of the skills taught, practiced, and assessed include:

  • Pre-trip planning

  • Communications and Signals

  • Leading groups through navigable water-ways.

  • Rescues and Assists

  • Launching and Landing

Planning: Due to the amount of time spent on and in the ocean, it is highly recommended that participants bring a 3/4 wetsuit (2/3 wetsuits are provided) and plenty of warm clothing.

Successful Completion: Participants that successfully complete the ORMP will be issued a program completion certificate. If you are interested in working for CIO as a guide you must complete this ORMP before you will be considered for employment and further training.

Financial Support: CIO will reimburse all guides who complete the ORMP and the Assistant Guide evaluation in FULL for the ORMP.

Fitness Test: Participants must all complete a mandatory physical fitness test that includes running and swimming in full gear. Participants that cannot complete this test will not be able to continue and will receive a full refund.

More more information about SUP instructor Training please refer to ASI Instructor Training program.