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SKGABC Spring Guides Exchange Schedule
Egmont – Skookumchuck - April 27 to 29, 2007

MEETING PLACE: Egmont Marina


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Spring Guides Exchange
April 27 to 29, 2007
Egmont – Skookumchuck

Host:                SKGABC
Location:         Egmont Marina
Cost:                $65 before April 20
                          $85 after April 20
                          Addi tonal $25 for CPR - re-certification course.

The Alliance is now able to accept credit card payments for pre-registrations. To pre-register please e-mail us at info@skgabc.com (indicate if you are also registering for the CPR rec-certification) and we will reply with an invoice and payment directions

Includes:         Camping, Meals (as described below)

Breakfast will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner or Saturday. Guides are responsible for their own dinner on Friday night. There is a restaurant/pub at Egmont Marina called the “Backeddy” serving typical pub food. *Guides are responsible to provide their own plate bowl, mug and utensils.*

There will be a variety of sessions for all skill levels at this years exchange. Rest assured there will be plenty of sessions to take part in regardless of your skill level.

While we encourage guides to supply their own equipment if possible we will also have a number of kayaks, paddling equipment, wet suits and helmets available for guides to use. Helmets and immersion gear is required for all sessions in currents. Kayaks and gear generously on loan from Seaward Kayaks, www.seawardkayaks.com*, Delta Kayaks www.deltakayaks.com and Malaspina College /www.mala.ca.

Carpooling: Matt Kellow from Malspaina College will be driving from Nanaimo in a mini bus and has room for 10 to 15 people. Please contact Matt*, http://skgabc.com/contact_mail.php?ID=7 *directly for more information on sharing a ride.

Tentative Agenda:


  • Noon - registration begins
  • 1:00 to 4:30 - CPR Recertification
  • 1:00 to 4:30 - Water Session 1: TBA
  • 2:00 to 4:30 - Land Session 1: TBA
  • 5:00 to 7:00 - Greetings from executive and group land activity.
  • 7:00 till closing time – guides on own for dinner and pub!!!


  • 7:30 to 8:30 - Breakfast
  • 9:00 to 12:00 - Water Session 2: Led by **Liam McNeill and* *???.  Rescue practice and scenarios in currents.
  • 9:00 to 12:00 - * Led by **??? and **??? - * Water Session 3: group management in currents. How to assess group ability, how to manage risk....
  • 9:00 to 10:30 - Land or Water Session 2: TBA
  • 10:30 to 12:00 - Land or Water Session 3: *Led Hamish Murray - Meteorological Service of Canada - */will be repeated in afternoon for those who cannot make morning session/ Changes to the current marine forecast and warning program. The weather broadcasts will change significantly mid-summer so this is a great opportunity to learn what is new and  what we should be listening for.
  • 12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch
    1:00 to 4:00 - Water Session 4: *Led by Joël Lagassé and **??? - *Skill session for less experienced paddlers in more defined currents and eddies.: ferry crossings, entering and exiting an eddy, eddy turns, self and assisted rescues
  • 1:00 to 6:00 - Water Session 5: **Led by Don Webster and Matt Kellow - *Skill session for more experienced paddlers in more defined currents and eddies. Ferry crossings, entering and exiting an eddy, eddy turns, surfing on skook's large wave.
  • 1:00 to 2:30 - Land or Water Session 4: *Led Hamish Murray - Meteorological Service of Canada - */a repeat of the morning session/
  • 2:30 to 4:00 – Land or Water Session 5: *Led by Ian Ross *- session designed specifically with the challenges of day guiding in mind
  • 4:00 to 5:00 - personal time
  • 5:00 to 6:30 - Land Session 6: TBA
  • 6:30 to 7:30 dinner
  • 7:30 to 10:30 pub and video night


  • 7:30 to 8:30 - Breakfast
  • 9:00 to 12:00 - Guide Olympics
  • 1:00 to 2:00 - Closing and prizes - lunch

For those wanting to stick around; the Big Wave at Skook is running at 8.75 knots at 1630. This should be a pretty good speed for surfing sea kayaks, not too extreme but definitely ridable.

For preregistration please email Andrew Jones through our contact form.

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