Guide Requirements

(Amended March 17, 2014)

See the SKGABC approved guide training courses

Level One Guide:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Maintain current certification in a 16 hour (two day) Basic First Aid Course or equivalent. Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  4. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  5. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  6. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  7. Pass a SKGABC Level One Course and Exam.
  8. Once certification is completed, guide must log at least 10 commercial sea kayak days assisting with another guide, prior to leading day trips independently.
  9. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  10. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required.

Assistant Overnight Guide:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Maintain current certification in a 40 hour (five day) Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  4. Maintain current certification of CPR (Level C).
  5. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF Radio.
  6. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  7. Pass a SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Course and Exam.
  8. Once certification is completed, guide must log at least 10 commercial sea kayak days assisting with another guide, prior to leading day trips independently.
  9. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  10. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

Level Two Guide:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Meet all the requirements of an Assistant Overnight Guide.
  4. Required to log at least 30 commercial sea kayak guiding days as an Assistant Overnight Guide.
  5. Maintain current certification in a 40 hour (five day) Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Level Two guides leading in remote areas (i.e. more than 12 hours from medical assistance) need to maintain current certification in an 80 hour (ten day) Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Occupational First Aid Level III will be recognized for Level Two Guides who have taken an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course previously.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  6. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  7. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  8. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  9. Pass a SKGABC Level Two Exam.
  10. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  11. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

Level Three Guide:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC.
  3. (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  4. Meet all the requirements of a Level Two Guide.
  5. Required to log at least 50 commercial sea kayak guiding days as a Level Two Guide on overnight trips (20 of the 80 total days logged must be in Class 3 waters. In lieu of the 20 commercial days in Class 3 waters, must have 30 personal overnight Class 3 days for a total of 110 days.) or 80 commercial sea kayak guiding days as an Assistant Overnight Guide on overnight trips (20 of the 80 days must be in Class 3 waters. In lieu of the 20 commercial days in Class 3 waters, must have 30 personal overnight Class 3 days for a total of 110 days).
  6. Maintain current certification in an 80 hour (ten day) Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Occupational First Aid Level III will be recognized for Level Three Guides who have taken an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course previously.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  7. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  8. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  9. Pass a SKGABC Level Three Exam.
  10. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  11. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

Class 4 Waters Endorsement:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Meet all the requirements of a Level Three Guide.
  4. Paddling Experience:
    • 200 days of leading in Class 3 Waters as a Level 3 Guide.
    • Competent Class 4 waters paddling experience, indicated by atleast 25 days of personal paddling experience in waters rated as Class 4, covering at least 200 miles.
  5. Maintain current certification in an 80 hour (ten day) Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Occupational First Aid Level III will be recognized for Level Three Guides who have taken an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course previously.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  6. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  7. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  8. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  9. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  10. Application is made to the SKGABC Certification Committee for Class 4 Endorsement recognition.
    • Letters of reference by two other SKGABC Level 3 Guides addressed to the certification committee (Note: in future, this requirement will be changed to require an endorsement from two Level 3 Guides with a Class 4 Waters endorsement this is not currently possible until a number of guides obtain this endorsement).
    • Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
    • Cover Letter and Resume addressed to Certification Committee
  11. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

Guide Trainer:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Meet all the requirements of a Level Three Guide.
  4. Required to log an additional 200 commercial sea kayak guiding days as a Level 3 Guide, at least 40 of which must be in Class 3 waters.
  5. Required to log 21 days assisting on SKGABC endorsed guide training courses (including 7 days assisting on overnight courses).
  6. Maintain current certification in an 80 hour (ten day) Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Occupational First Aid Level III will be recognized for Level Three Guides who have taken an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course previously.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  7. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  8. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  9. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  10. Application is made to the SKGABC Certification Committee for recognition as a Guide Trainer. A cover letter and resume with two letters of reference is required.
  11. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  12. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

Examiner:

  1. Must be 19 years of age.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of the SKGABC (Membership info : Renew Now : Contact Us).
  3. Meet all the requirements of a Level Three Guide.
  4. Required to log an additional 300 commercial sea kayak guiding days as a Level 3 Guide, at least 60 of which must be in Class 3 waters.
  5. Must assist on 2 Level Two Guide exams and be recommended by the examiners prior to becoming an Examiner for Level Two Guide exams.
  6. Must assist on 2 Level Three Guide exams and be recommended by the examiners prior to becoming an Examiner for Level Three Guide exams.
  7. Maintain current certification in an 80 hour (ten day) Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course or equivalent. Occupational First Aid Level III will be recognized for Level Three Guides who have taken an Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course previously.
    Note: Guides Operating within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification.
  8. Maintain current certification of CPR (level C).
  9. Possess a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) for VHF radio.
  10. Maintain a log documenting sea kayak guiding experience and submit copies to the SKGABC on a yearly basis. Logs must be submitted using the SKGABC log form.
  11. Application is made to the SKGABC Certification Committee for recognition as an Examiner. A cover letter and resume with three letters of reference is required.
  12. Must be recommended by 2 Examiners or 2 Executive Members or one of each.
  13. Must participate in On-Going Training at least once every three years.
  14. Must be a member of the Examiners Committee.
  15. Submit copies of current certification documentation to the SKGABC as required (Contact Us).

All guides must be members in good standing.
Guides are expected to match their abilities with the difficulties and potential dangers of managing each particular group through a proposed trip. Rules and regulations do not replace vigilance and good judgment.

*Note: The Certification Approval Committee appointed by the Board of Directors may consider special applications for certification of individuals of undisputed competence, or by reciprocal arrangements with other sea kayak associations.

The training requirement for a level one guide above may be substituted with proof of a Paddle Canada Level One Instructor certificate. The Assistant Overnight Guide training course may be substituted with proof of a Level 2 Instructor certificate from Paddle Canada.