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  • July 6, 2016
    2016 Fall Exchange:
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  • June 2, 2016
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  • February 1, 2016
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  • January 7, 2016
    2016 Spring Exchange:
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  • March 3, 2015
    2015 Spring Exchange:
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  • March 17, 2014
    2014 Spring Exchange:
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  • March 17, 2014
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  • Dec 22, 2013
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  • Oct 25, 2013
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  • May 15, 2013
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  • March 26, 2013
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  • August, 2012
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  • June 1, 2012
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  • May 25, 2012
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  • May 23, 2012
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  • February 14, 2012
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  • February 14, 2012
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2012 Spring Guides Exchange
April 20 - April 22, 2012
Victoria, BC
Hosted by: Ocean River Adventures

Past Exchange:
S = Spring | F = Fall
* F 2016 Pender Is.
* S 2016 Lund
* F 2015 Skookumchuck
* S 2015 Sooke
* S 2014 Salt Spring
* F 2013 Ucluelet
* S 2013 Quadra Is.
* F 2012 Johnstone St.
* S 2012 Victoria
* F 2011 Tofino
* S 2011 Cowichan Lake
* F 2010 Porteau Cove
* S 2010 Salt Spring
* F 2009 Gabriola
* S 2009 Surge Narrows
* F 2008 Ucluelet
* S 2008 Victoria
* F 2007 Deep Cove
* S 2007 Skookumchuck
* F 2006 Gabriola
* S 2006 Ladysmith
* F 2005 Ucluelet
* S 2005 Salt Spring
* F 2004 Comox
* S 2004 Jericho Beach
* F 2003 Gabriola
* Since 1994...
The SKGABC Spring Guides Exchange, hosted by Ocean River Adventures in Victoria, BC, featured sessions ranging from rolling sessions, advanced navigation seminars, a tour of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, CPR C re certification, rescue scenarios, and prizes! With over forty Alliance members present, the fantastic spring weather made for a great weekend.

A huge thanks to Ocean River Adventures for helping to host this event!

Coast & Kayak Magazine generously donated the 1st Annual Sheila Porteous Best Toque Award! After a hard fought competition, it was won by Jonathan Morissette with a fantastic full body banana suit!

Surfing some waves around Trial Island

Some of the many Alliance members who participated!

Tour of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC)

JRCC - discussion regarding how various Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) work with the JRCC System

JRCC - Demonstration of some Drift Analysis softwear used in rescues.

JRCC - Some of the people who participated in the JRCC tour

Tour of Victoria Harbour with Brian Henry

Paddling through Victoria Harbour Photo by: Peter Yates

Through the docks in Victoria Harbour Photo by: Peter Yates

Gearing up before heading to the currents around Trial Island

A (poor) photo of an Elephant Seal at Trial Island

Surfing at Trial Island

Greenland Rolling sessions!

Group Dinner


The finalists in the 1st Annual Sheila Porteous Best Toque Award! (Courtesy of Coast & Kayak Magazine)

Rescue session - warming up with a Cowboy Scramble

A T-Rescue during a scenario session

The 2012 Spring Guides exchange is headed to Victoria! Hosted by Ocean River Adventures, the event will feature presentations, seminars, skill sessions, and equipment demonstrations as all exchanges have become famous for.

If you are interested in helping make this event a success, or to vollunteer to lead a session, contact us

Agenda Now Posted! Exchange Agenda

For logistial reasons, please pre-register. Please visit the Ocean River Adventures page to register.

Exchange Cost: $75

To keep things simple, please BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat). For those that need to borrow a boat, please contact us to ensure enough boats are available:

A number of accommodation options are available to attendees. Special offers will be available with local hotels and hostels. Alternatively, billeting with other local members may be an option.

CPR C Recertification
CPR C recertification will be available on Friday Afternoon.

  • Friday 1-4 pm at Ocean River Sports
  • Cost: $30 / person
  • Contact to register.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Tour (JRCC): This is an excellent opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how maritime search and rescue operations are managed in British Columbia. If a sea kayaker runs into trouble on the high-seas, its the JRCC which helps facilitate rescue! Dont miss this exciting opportunity!

  • MUST meet at ORS at 1pm on Friday. Tour at JRCC at 2pm.


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