• 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!

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • May 25, 2012
    Online Resource Sheets Printable equipment list, emergency contact list, earthquake and tsunami notification, operating standards summary and more!

  • May 23, 2012
    Pacific Coast - Marine Weather Guide Environment Canada Marine Weather Guide for the BC Coast updated and online!

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

  • 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
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Job Postings

  • Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
    Contact Person Andrew Jones, Owner, 250-956-4617
    Position Operations Coordinator
    Description Based in Port McNeill, the operations coordinator is responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of outgoing and incoming tours. Duties include trip preparation, guest transportation, gear cleaning and repairs, ,cleanliness and organization of warehouse. Knowledge and background in kayak industry is an asset as well as the ability to work with guides from a variety of backgrounds. Food Safe required. Class 4 drivers licence is required. Can work with the right candidate to get this if required.
    Guiding Area Port McNeill - shore based position
    Salary Based on experience
    Work Term June - September (possible start May 15)

  • Majestic Ocean Kayaking
    Contact Person Evania Nolan, HR contact, 250-726-2868
    Position Kayak Guide Level 3
    Description We are looking for experienced kayak guide leaders, Level 3. Do you want lots of work this summer and to make an excellent income in a company where the guides earn a lot of tips from the guests. Are you able to work on your own, lead groups, teach skills, share knowledge of the flora and fauna and inspire the guests? You could work and spend all of your time on the West Coast and enjoy the exhilarating environment around Ucluelet and Tofino. We are #1 at being organized and supporting our employees. Ask anyone and see our trip advisor reviews. Certified Level 3 guides only should apply
    Guiding Area Broken Islands and Clayoquot Sound, Ucluelet and Tofino
    Salary 200.00 per day
    Work Term April 1 - Sept 30

  • Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino
    Contact Person Don Travers, Owner, 250-725-3163
    Position Sea Kayak Day Guiide
    Description Remote Passages Marine Excursions is looking for day sea kayak guides and support staff. Duties include teaching kayak techniques and safety procedures oriented to day paddles. Presenting an educational program while paddling that focus on the marine and terrestrial environments. Local area training and orientation provided. Equipment provided for new guides. Accommodation may be included for successful applicants. Closing date on these positions will occur as applicants are accepted.
    Guiding Area Clayoquot Sound
    Salary To be discussed
    Work Term April - October & May - September

  • Black Bear Kayak
    Contact Person Torsten Janocha (TJ), CEO,
    Description Since 2010 Black Bear Kayak offers kayak adventures in Tofino and for the upcoming season we are looking for dedicated outdoor guides to complete our team! Working at Black Bear not only means to have the opportunity to work independently as well as in a team in the most exciting area a kayak guide can hope for, we also guarantee a high level of participation and excellent working conditions. Next to our 'shorter' kayak adventures, we are offering kayaking and hiking multi-day-tours and therefore are actively searching for experienced and knowledgeable guides that can help and support us accommodating these tours as well as refining them. At 'Black Bear' however, a 'Kayak Day Guide' Level 1 certification according to SKGABC - or comparable, as well as Wilderness First Aid (40hrs+) are a minimum requirement! If you are reliable and meet these qualifications, possess excellent customer service skills and want to participate the progression of this exciting venture, please send us an e-mail, with your resume at
    Guiding Area Clayoquot Sound
    Salary TBD
    Work Term April-October or shorter

  • Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd.
    Contact Person Adam Vallance,, 604-483-2160
    Position Lead and assist on camp-tours & eco-resort
    Description Variety is the spice! This includes leading multi-day kayak tours, assisting some trips and eco-resort based kayak trips. Maybe a few day tours thrown in too! We have a fun and dynamic company culture. If interested but do not have your Level 2, we also need another AOG. Drop us a line.
    Guiding Area Desolation Sound
    Salary varies with type of trip
    Work Term May/June-September

  • YMCA YWCA Camp Thunderbird
    Contact Person Peter Carson , Summer Camp Program Manager, 2503867511
    Position Level 3 Sea Kayak Guide
    Description We need a level 3 guide for a 9 day Sea Kayak trip, with one prep day, to Clayoquat Sound with a group of 9 14-15 year olds. The dates are July 12-21.
    Guiding Area Clayoquat Sound
    Salary $250
    Work Term July 12-21 2017

  • Pacifica Paddle Sports
    Contact Person Suzanne Judge, Office Manager, 2506657411
    Position Guide / Instructor - Level Two
    Description Our Guides and Instructors are key players on the Pacifica Paddle Sports Team. They provide tours and lessons for our guests in several locations, lasting from 2 hours to multi-day trips. They provide a consistently high level of customer service, and ensure our guests are having a safe, educational and fun tour or lesson. A Guide/Instructor is personable, confident, has great communication skills, and is passionate about paddling and interacting with a wide variety of people. Hours range from part- time to full-time, April to October. REQUIREMENTS: * Very strong communication skills, able to lead and interact with a variety of people * Ability to problem solve and work under pressure in a fast- paced environment * Minimum SKGABC Level Two Guide Certification in good standing * Pleasure Craft Operator Card an asset * Ability to sustain heavy lifting and repetitive movement * Proficient in English (oral and written) Please see our website ( to view full job descriptions and to download a job application. Applications can be submitted via email or in-person at our main office in Brentwood Bay.
    Guiding Area Saanich Inlet, Gulf Islands, Port Renfrew
    Work Term Seasonal part-time to full-time, approx. April through October depending on availability

  • Gabriola Sea Kayaking
    Contact Person Matthew Bowes, Owner/Operator, 2503463346
    Position Guide/Outdoor Education Instructor
    Description Gabriola Sea Kayaking has worked with Collingwood School Explore Program for over a decade. The Explore program integrates co-ed students into trip planning, programming and participation. You'll work with a SKGABC certified Collingwood Teacher/Outdoor Ed. Instructor in facilitating the trip. We are looking for a Level II or III Guide with experience paddling in the Southern Gulf Islands: Gabriola/Pylades Channel/Mudge Link and DeCourcey chain and Blackberry Point in Valdez Island. GSK is packed with early season trips in our area because of typically good, early season weather. A female guide is preferred for m/f ratios on coed trips. Dates are: April 18-21 April 25-28 May 2-5 Great people, competitive salary, consistent early spring work, weekends off and Gabriola Ferry Experience card, to get you there.
    Guiding Area Southern Gulf Islands: Gabriola/Pylades Channel/Mudge Link and DeCourcey chain and Blackberry Point in Valdez Island.
    Salary Negotiable
    Work Term April 18-21 April 25-28 May 2-5

  • Green Coast Kayaking
    Contact Person Bryce Klee, Owner, 250 637 1948
    Position Lead Guide
    Description Collaborate with local assistant guides to offer week-long sea kayak expeditions throughout Gwaii Haanas (Haida Gwaii) and surrounding areas. Some trip/season preparation work will also be expected. We are seeking a guide with lots of experience on the west coast who is prepared to educate themselves on the culture and ecology specific to Haida Gwaii. Any time previously spent here would definitely be an asset. You will play a big role in a small company seeking to distinguish itself with respect to client service. Co-operation and sharing are the core values we instill into each trip, and we want a lead guide who resonates these values as a person. Look forward to speaking with all the applicants :)
    Guiding Area Gwaii Haanas - Haida Gwaii
    Salary 200 to 250/day - dependant on experience
    Work Term May to Sept with some break periods

  • NovaShores Adventures
    Contact Person Anne Grabinsky, Owner, 902-392-2222
    Position Sea Kayak Guides
    Description We at NovaShores Adventures (est. 2000) are looking for experienced sea kayaking guides to join our team. We are located in Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia, just outside Cape Chignecto Park on the upper Bay of Fundy and offer 1-, 2- and 3-day tours in a unique setting on the world's biggest tides and in a geological wonderland. NovaShores is a Bay of Fundy recommended experience and rated #1 kayak tour operator in Nova Scotia on TripAdvisor. We are looking for highly self-motivated, responsible and capable individuals to lead day tours as well as overnight camping trips into a remote and sometimes challenging wilderness environment. Our clients are mostly beginner kayakers from all over the world. Strong interpersonal communication skills and a mature personality are required. If you feel at home in the outdoors, you will love it here. Kayaking gear can be provided. Guides accommodation with an ocean view 5 walking minutes from our office is available.
    Guiding Area Cape Chignecto Park, Upper Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
    Salary According to experience and skills level.
    Work Term June-September

  • Outward Bound Canada
    Contact Person Pete Smolders,,
    Position Instructor
    Description Outward Bound is looking for instructors for the coming 2017 season. Since 1969, Outward Bound Canada has made it our mission to cultivate resilience, leadership, connections and compassion, through inspiring and challenging journeys of self- discovery in the natural world. If your interested in joining our team here in BC visit
    Guiding Area Vancouver island, lower mainland
    Work Term

  • Outdoor Centre
    Contact Person Angela Harder, Paddle Programs Manager, 403-220-7021
    Position Assistant Sea Kayak Guide
    Description If you would like to work for an organization that is focused on education, creating incredible experiences and inspiring people to live healthy active life styles, then come work for the University of Calgary Outdoor Center. Be a part of a great team who are passionate about what they do. The job will require participants to work in a demanding physical environment; applicants will be required to be in good physical shape, be prepared to be in the outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions, work in a team environment and be adaptable to change. Duties of the successful applicant will include leading week long kayak trips. Weeks alternate between camping and lodge based trips. Interacting with people from different walks of life, risk management and decision making duties are also an important part of this position. Successful applicants will be required to care for, share knowledge with participants and be an ambassador for The Outdoor Center and The University of Calgary. Position requirements: The position requires an individual with the hard skills, certifications and experience to guide safe multi-day sea kayaking trips. Candidates require the soft skills necessary to provide customers with a great learning experience and an enjoyable time on the water. Candidates are required to have an up to date 40 hour wilderness first aid certification, SKGABA Level 2, valid department of communications certification to operate a marine VHF radio. Qualifications of all guides at the Outdoor Centre are based on minimum standards and we expect our guides to be on par with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia or Canadian Association of Sea Kayak Guides. Assets include experience teaching and guiding in multiple environments and locations, a strong work ethic, being a problem solver and a thorough knowledge of equipment repairs. Having a post-secondary education in a related field will be seen as an asset.
    Guiding Area Broken Group
    Salary $160/ day + $30/ day food
    Work Term June- Sept 2017

  • Quadra Island Kayaks
    Contact Person Chris, Owner, 2502049994
    Position Lv 1/AOG/ Lv 2
    Description Hey Guides, QIK is looking for some awesome people who are interested in guiding the Discovery Islands. We are looking to add to our dream team, passionate team players who are enthusiastic and love to show off our amazing coast lines. We offer primarily day tours leaving from Heriot Bay, and also run multi- day trips. If you are looking for a summer of great experiences and memories send us your resumes! These positions will run June to September, contact Chris for a full job description and details.
    Guiding Area Quadra Island
    Work Term

  • North Island Kayak
    Contact Person Steve Emery, Owner, 250-928-3114
    Position Sea Kayak Guides - L3, L2, AOG & L1
    Description North Island Kayak currently has employment opportunities for the following positions; Lead Sea Kayak Guides (SKGABC L2 & L3) – Mid May through September Assistant Sea Kayak Guides (SKGABC AOG) – Mid May through September Sea Kayak Day Guides (SKGABC Level 1) – June through September Kitchen Supervisor – June through September Kayak Store Retail staff – July & August Gear Preparation & Maintenance staff – June to September or July & August North Island Kayak operates sea kayaking tours and provides sea kayak rentals from Telegraph Cove on northern Vancouver Island. It has been in continuous operation in this area since 1991. Our goal is to provide our guests with a spectacular wilderness vacation experience, while ensuring the safety of all and minimizing any negative environmental effects of our presence. Our kayak tours and rentals are in operation between the months of May & September each year. Maximum staffing levels are reached in the months of July & August when our team reaches approximately 30 people.
    Guiding Area North Vancouver Island
    Salary Depends on Level and skills
    Work Term Late May through Late September

  • Adventuress Sea Kayaking
    Contact Person Jan Kretz, Owner, 250.755.6702
    Position Level One Guide/Assistant Overnight
    Description Job Description: If you would like to learn more and be involved in managing a kayaking business, are entrepreneurial in nature and think outside the box, then contact Adventuress. Because Adventuress is a small company, you will be involved in the day to day operations in a wide variety of duties. This job is a little bit of everything, so no boredom here! Coastal kayaking experience is preferable. Must be passionate about the outdoors, marine life and kayak guiding; hard working with an upbeat personality who knows how to deliver excellent customer service; have leadership qualities, strong interpretive skills, and solid organizational skills. You are a good communicator, able to multi-task and make mature, informed decisions. You are flexible and live in the local area with availability for on-call tours as well. Self starter and most of all... energetic and enthusiastic, fit and fun! Duties will include, but not limited to: •Mostly leading/assisting day tours in the beautiful and scenic Oceanside area (Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose)… wildlife tours, sunset paddles, full moon howls •Teaching on-water classes •Helping prep/clean up before and after tours and multi-day adventures •Kayak, gear and trailer maintenance •Driving truck and trailer •Office administration… marketing, booking trips, answering phones,… we enjoy variety!! Adventuress is passionate about paddling and introducing people to our fabulous West Coast kayaking experience. We offer a hands-on experience for our clients kayaking in beautiful places. Adventuress receives the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence and is rated as the #1 activity to do in Parksville. Some training and free courses are available. We will also supply a kayak and gear for you if you don't own one. This is an opportunity to meet fun people from all over the world. All the fresh air and exercise you can handle! Get to work under the eye and leadership of a professional sea kayak guide as part of an enthusiastic team who love what they do. Learn new skills, gain self confidence and increase your kayaking abilities.
    Guiding Area Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Gulf Islands
    Salary Depending on which job $14-$22
    Work Term May - September

  • Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
    Contact Person Andrew Jones, Owner, 2509564617
    Position AOG, Level 2, and Level 3 Guides
    Description We are looking to add to our existing great team of guides for the upcoming season. Positions available for AOG, Level 2, and Level 3 guides
    Guiding Area Northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and The Great Bear Rainforest
    Work Term June through September - shorter terms may be available

  • Salt Spring Adventure Co Ltd
    Contact Person Yvonne Poirier, Owner/Operator, 1-250-537-2764
    Position Sea Kayak Day Guide
    Description Salt Spring Adventures is looking for 2 Full Time Day Guides to paddle for the Spring-Fall 2017 season out of Ganges Harbour! We are a busy company. We like our guides to start between May-June for training. Our Spring is more casual, which allows time to train, our summer is SUPER BUSY and you will work a TON, pulling 10+ hour days, and then fall goes back to a little more casual. You also have the opportunity to work on multi-day school camp! We like our guides to be available until the end of September. If you are thinking of joining our team as a kayak guide that’s great! The types of guides we love to hire have these qualifications and attributes: - Works well with other guides, is a positive person, and LOVES kayaking! - Is stoked to take clients out multiple times daily on 2-3 Hour Harbour Tours - Can drive a vehicle. Bonus if you can drive with a kayak trailer. Extra BONUS if you have a class 4 license! - Is willing to work hard for a short busy season! - Is reliable, dependable, and shows up for work on time - Is able to do the “on call” guiding life - Is certified as a level one guide with SKGABC or an equal or higher certification - Has CPR-C, VHF Radio, and Wilderness First Aid certs. - Loves the water and outdoors!
    Guiding Area Southern Gulf Islands
    Salary 14.00 +
    Work Term May-September

  • Sydney Harbour Kayaks
    Contact Person Shannon O'Brien, Managing Director, +61 2 99694590
    Position Sea Kayaking Guide / Instructor
    Description Sea Kayaking Guides needed for Summer 2016/2017 in Sydney Australia. Sydney Harbour Kayaks is Australia's largest Sea Kayaking centre. We are looking for qualified sea kayaking guides and instructors. our website is If you have qualifications from Paddle Canada, USA, BCU or Europe and wish to work out of our Mosman (Middle Harbour) location - we will need guides from October / November through to April / May. You will need to secure your own Working Holiday Visa - this will allow you to work for us for 6 months. Please get in-touch -!employment/ua3y1 Visit our website to see our guiding and teaching programs.
    Guiding Area Sydney Harbour
    Salary based on experience about $25 per hour
    Work Term October to April

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    Employment Wanted

    If you are a member of the SKGABC and are looking for employment, you can post your contact information on the SKGABC website. To post your information please fill out the information form.

    • Trevor Jones
      Address1415 850 McGill Rd, Kamloops, BC
      Assistant Overnight
      Type of Work: Day Guiding
      Availability: June-September
      Guiding Area Preferred:

    • Alicia Mildner
      Address28 Basin View Circle, Bellingham WA 98229
      Assistant Overnight
      Type of Work: Day Guiding
      Availability: May-Sept
      Guiding Area Preferred: Experience leading day trips and assisting overnight trips in Washington's San Juan Islands. I have a degree in Adventure Tourism and am passionate about marine life and ecology. Interested in day guiding and assisting overnight trips.

    • Daye Cooper
      Telephone 604 754 9632
      Level Three
      Type of Work: Multi-day Guiding
      Availability: April-early September; please inquire for specific date availability.
      Guiding Area Preferred: I have over 15 years of SKGABC guiding experience working with youth and adults in the Johnstone Strait, Broughtons, Nootka, Clayoquot, Barclay, Gulf Islands and Discovery Islands. With a graduate degree in anthropology and professional background in counselling and education, I also bring storytelling, local history, awesome culinary skills and music sharing to trip. I'm available for multiday youth or adult programs in any of these areas in 2017.

    • Landon Kimmel
      Telephone 403-763-7060
      Level Two
      Type of Work: Multi-day Guiding
      Availability: May to end of August potentially to Oct. Have lots of management, supervisory and admin experience in the outdoor industry. Also lots of instructional and guiding experience with kids and youth Guided in the Greater Victoria Area, Clayoquot, Johnstone Strait, Gulf Island Ideally looking for a job working with kids and youth again but am keen to work with adults as well.
      Guiding Area Preferred: Ideally anywhere besides Greater Victoria, Gulf Island and Johnstone Strait. Looking to guide somewhere new. However I will still definitely consider though places.

    • Jeremy Hudson
      Address2862 Admirals Road Victoria, BC V9A2R5
      Telephone 778-679-4894
      Level Three
      Type of Work: Multi-day Guiding
      Availability: Contact me for availability.
      Guiding Area Preferred: BC or International. I have experience in all classes of water, with private and public school groups, custom trips, and all over BC with commercial and not for profit organizations. As a passionate cook, educator, and storyteller i seek opportunities to help connect people with nature and facilitate a journey. Also available for consultation.

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