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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2016 Spring Guides Exchange
April 29 - May 1, 2016
Lund, BC
Hosted by: Footprint Nature Exploration and TerraCentric 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...

In 2016, the SKGABC Spring Guides Exchange will be held in Lund on the Sunshine Coast! This beautiful area with gorgeous surroundings will be an ideal place to run through our usual range of workshops on strokes, navigation, rescues, rolling, general camraderie and more! For those who have not attended an Exchange before, this will be an ideal event to get into it, as there will be ample time to network as well as build your guiding skills toolbox.

Please note: participation in the Guides Exchange is only open to SKGABC members in good standing (Renew Now).

Location:

    Lund on the Sunshine Coast, BC right next to pristine Desolation Sound!
    Yes, you’ll get to board a ferry (or two) if you don’t live here. Coming from:

    • - Vancouver Island: Comox (Little River) – Powell River (Westview)
    • - Vancouver: Horseshoe Bay – Langdale and Earls Cove – Saltery Bay
    For schedules, see www.bcferries.com.
    Carpool with other guides to save travel costs, the environment, and it's fun too! Carpooling threads on Facebook.

Accomodation:

    Group camping is included in your registration at Sunlund-by-the-Sea Campground & Cabins.
    At additional costs and at your own expense, SunLund will offer private campsites and cabin rentals. They will also offer the option for an extended stay if you’d like to explore this area prior to or after the spring guides exchange. Visit their website and contact them for details.

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! If you are not able to bring your own kayak/gear, please contact Christine Hollman at Terracentric Coastal Adventures for your rental needs.

Equipment:

    Full Coast Guard Reguirements are mandatory as always; full immersion gear (drysuits or wetsuits) are required for all rolling & rescue 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.

Registration:

    Help us know how many to expect so we can ensure food and goodies for all! Giving us the heads up that you are coming is EXTREMELY appreciated!
    To pre-register, email John at info@footprintbc.ca with the following info:

    • Name:
    • Dietary restrictions:
    • Any wet or dry-land sessions you are particularly interested in?:
    • Level 3+ guides, would you like to lead a session?:

Agenda

    Friday
  • 16:00 Start registration at SunLund
  • 18:30 Dinner at Lund School
  • 20:00 Guide campfire social & teambuilding
  • Saturday
  • 7:30 Breakfast at Lund School & build your own bag-lunch
  • Registration Station open for late arrivals
  • Morning & Afternoon sessions: Lund Harbour & Okeover Arm PP
  • Storytelling in guiding
  • Advanced paddle strokes / rolling clinic
  • Paddle strokes '101' / rescues / towing
  • Best practice teaching kayak skills / interpretive skills
  • 17:30 Dinner at Boardwalk Restaurant
  • 19:00 Dessert and 2 presentations at Nancy's Bakery
  • Prize draw
  • Sunday
  • 7:30 Breakfast at Lund School
  • 9:30 Scenario challenges based on Sat. skill training
  • 13:00 End


Hope to see you there!


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