SKGABC News

  • January 7, 2017
    2017 Spring Exchange:
    Hosted by Gabriola Sea Kayaking on Gabriola Island, BC! More...

  • July 6, 2016
    2016 Fall Exchange:
    Hosted by PIKA on Pender Island, BC! More...

  • June 2, 2016
    2016 Fall Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • February 1, 2016
    2016 Spring Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • January 7, 2016
    2016 Spring Exchange:
    Hosted by Terracentric and Footprint Nature Exploration in Lund, BC! More...

  • August 14, 2015
    2015 Fall Exchange - Skookumchuck:
    September 24-26, 2015 - Current, skill sessions, socializing!
    More...

  • March 3, 2015
    2015 Spring Exchange:
    April 17-19, 2015 - Sooke! Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!
    More...

  • March 17, 2014
    2014 Spring Exchange:
    May 9-11, 2014 - Salt Spring Island. Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!
    More...

  • March 17, 2014
    On-Going Training Policy Update:
    The SKGABC has evolved the On-Going Training policy to give options to more members! More...

  • Dec 22, 2013
    Northern Gateway Pipeline: SKGABC working to safeguard the BC coastline and sea kayaking industry.
    More...

  • Oct 25, 2013
    2013 Annual General Meeting: Nov 9, 2013 - Nanaimo, BC.
    More...

  • May 15, 2013
    Toquaht Bay Closure
    Alternative launch sites available at village of Macoah. More...

  • March 26, 2013
    Electronic Guide Logs
    Submit your logs using an easy electronic spreadsheet! More...

  • August, 2012
    Wolf Advisory: Vargas / Flores Island Park - Clayoquot Sound Due to wolf activity on Vargas and Flores Island this summer, BC Parks has issued a Wolf Advisory More...

  • June 1, 2012
    Tsunami Debris Reporting Environment Canada - Tsunami Debris Sighting and Reporting Information
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  • May 25, 2012
    Online Resource Sheets Printable equipment list, emergency contact list, earthquake and tsunami notification, operating standards summary and more!
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  • May 23, 2012
    Pacific Coast - Marine Weather Guide Environment Canada Marine Weather Guide for the BC Coast updated and online!
    More...

  • February 14, 2012
    Updated - Water Classification Maps: Outlining water classfications within British Columbia
    More...

  • February 14, 2012
    New Pro-Deal: Killarney Kayaks joins the SKGABC Pro-Deal Program! Deals for members from companies like: Aquabound, Brooks, Broform, Delta, Level Six, Nimbus, North Water, Ortlieb, and Seaward! Members Area

  • Technical Guides Manual
    The SKGABC has produced a manual for guides of every level. For more information Click Here

 

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2015 Fall Guides Exchange
September 25-27, 2015
Skookumchuk Narrows, BC
Hosted by: Mountain to Ocean Adventure Training

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...

This September, the SKGABC Fall Guides Exchange will be held at Skookumchuk Narrows on the Sunshine Coast! This is an amazing and dynamic location that offers beautiful and exciting opportunity for guides to work on their moving water skills in addition to the regular Exchange fare! While the currents will be running at a slightly higher level than is preferred, workshops will be held in features that should be within most guides ability levels. There will be opportunities to work on skills in smaller currents as getting into some stronger stuff, but the main wave will likely be avoided for this Exchange. All efforts will be taken to maximize safety, fun and maximum learning at this event! RVSP to tchapman.moat@gmail.com to help us plan for the right numbers!

Please note: participation in the Guides Exchange is only open to SKGABC members in good standing. Location:

    Mountain to Ocean Adventure Training on the Sunshine Coast, BC

Accomodation:
    Camping will be located in Egmont, at the Back Eddy Resort - close to Skookumchuk Narrows. Check in at the SKGABC Registration table at the campground! There are plenty of nearby places to stay if you don't want to stay in your tent! Egmont and the surrounding area has a number of great B&Bs as well as hotels and resorts to stay at.

Boats:
    As at all Exchanges, it's best to BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat!) as boats will be quite limited! If you have 2 kayaks and are willing to share, please help support your guide community and bring it out as well! There will be a few boats available to borrow but stock is limited. You are also welcome to bring your own whitewater kayak for playing in the currents as well if you wish.

Equipment:
    Full Coast Guard Reguirements are mandatory as always. September can begin to get quite cold again, so full immersion gear (drysuits or wetsuits) are required for all current, rolling, rescues, surfing or rock gardening courses. Please note that helmets are also mandatory for any kayak surfing, current play, or rock gardening courses. The Exchange is a great time to dust off you guiding gear while brushing up on skills, so feel free to pack along your regular guiding kit (VHF, charts, first aid kit, flares, re-warming gear, etc). Please also provide all your own camping gear as none will be available for loaning out. If you're someone who likes snacking through out the day, please also come prepared with your own treats for in between the provided meals!

Cost:
    $75 per SKGABC Member. Includes most meals, camping option, participation in activities, and chance to win door prizes. Prepay now or pay at the event with cheque or cash.

Pre-Registration:
    Let us know you're coming so we can ensure food and goodies for all! Help us know how many to expect by emailing us your RVSP! tchapman.moat@gmail.com Giving us the heads up that you are coming is EXTREMELY appreciated! Thanks!

Level 3 Guides:
    Need to lead a session as part of your Level 3 Guide On-Going Training Requirement? Plenty of great spots to teach and play! Let us know what you'd like to teach or feel free to check in for suggestions, ideas, local beta, or questions! tchapman.moat@gmail.com Depending on need, we may ask you to jump in and assist another session, or help us create more workshop options if numbers are bigger than expected! We do need lots of Level 3 Guides, Guide Trainers and Examiners to help us manage risk in this dynamic area!

Agenda
    Friday

    Registration begins at 4pm

    Dinner 5:30

    First Nations Cultural presentation and Welcoming to the Traditional Territory of the Sechelt Nation 7-8

    Saturday

    Breakfast

    Morning

    Beginner Current Session

    Rescue Clinic

    Rolling Clinic

    Lunch

    Afternoon

    Basic Strokes Session

    Advanced Current session

    Intermediate current session

    Dinner

    Weather, Tides and Currents, Risk Management Presentation

    Sunday

    Tour of the area

    Current session

    Advanced strokes

    Lunch on your own

    End of exchange

    Please note that this schedule is subject to change


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