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
    More...

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

  • 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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Employment


Job Postings

  • Knight Inlet Lodge
    Contact Person Brian Collen, Lodge Operations Manager
    brian@grizzlytours.com, 250-337-1953
    Website www.grizzlytours.com
    Position Guide
    Description Knight Inlet Lodge is a world- renowned grizzly bear viewing lodge situated in the southern portion of the Great Bear Rainforest. Since 1996 Knight Inlet Lodge has facilitated wildlife viewing experiences and eco-adventures for discerning individuals, couples and families. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with exceptional wilderness guiding, natural history interpretation, and communication skills to become a key part of the team in delivering world -class wildlife viewing experiences at Knight Inlet Lodge. Preference will be given to experienced guides able to commit to the entire season (mid-May to mid-October) and are interested in working multiple seasons. Required Certifications; • Current Wilderness First Aid with Level C CPR & AED certification; • Commercial Small Vessel Operator's Proficiency certificate (SVOP); • Marine Emergency Duties A3 (MED A3); • Restricted Operators Certificate Marine(ROC-M); • Sea Kayak Day Guide and/or Instructor Certification; Note: Candidates with some of the above noted and or other relevant certifications as well as the appropriate wilderness leadership and interpersonal skills who are willing to get the required certification may be considered. Salary - Benefits: • Daily wage negotiable based on skills, experience & qualifications; • Gratuity sharing opportunity; • Float plane transportation between Campbell River and the lodge. • All prepared meals and accommodation while at the lodge. • Commercial Bear Viewing Association assistant bear guide certification. Realities of Work: This is a full-time seasonal position, employment term runs from late May through to mid- October, and begins with up to 7 days of on-site training, interpretation skill development, program content familiarization, and bear guide certification training. Preference will be given to candidates who are available to work through the entire season without interruption. Once the guiding season commences guides are scheduled for 10 days on, 4 days off rotations. Please apply with cover letter, resume, and at least three references.
    Guiding Area Knight Inlet
    Salary Day rate based on experience
    Work Term June 01 - October 15, 2017

  • Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
    Contact Person Andrew Jones, Owner
    info@kingfisher.ca, 250-956-4617
    Website kingfisher.ca
    Position Base Camp Assistant
    Description Kingfisher has created a new entry level guiding position this year. Guides with a minimum Level 1 guide certification or new AOG guides will be considered as base camp assistants for the 2017 season. See our web site for full job description: https://kingfisher.ca/employment- opportunities/
    Guiding Area Johnstone Strait
    Salary Based on experience
    Work Term June - September

  • Go WIth The Flow Adventures
    Contact Person Brody Wilson , Owner/Operator
    brody@gowiththeflow.ca, 1-888-435-2925
    Website www.kayakingbritishcolumbia.com
    Position Assistant Guide
    Description We are looking for an assistant guide, preferably with an AOG certification, to work on multi-day sea kayaking tours from our luxury base camp on Maurelle Island. Cabin accommodation and food is provided during tour dates with showers and hot tub onsite. All of our tours run Monday- Friday, so weekends are time off. We are located in the heart of 3 unique marine parks and offer an opportunity to work in the dynamic tidal waters of Surge Narrows and the Okisollo Channel. Skills required: a team player, self motivated, attentive to detail, service oriented with excellent social skills. Please email your resume to us brody@gowiththeflow.ca and check out our website www.kayakingbritishcolumbia.com
    Guiding Area Discovery Islands BC
    Salary Competitive day rate offered
    Work Term June-September

  • Remote Passages Marine Excursions - Tofino
    Contact Person Don Travers, Owner
    tofino@remotepassages.com, 250-725-3163
    Website www.remotepassages.com
    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
    info@blackbearkayak.com,
    Website blackbearkayak.com
    Position
    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 info@blackbearkayak.com
    Guiding Area Clayoquot Sound
    Salary TBD
    Work Term April-October or shorter

  • YMCA YWCA Camp Thunderbird
    Contact Person Peter Carson , Summer Camp Program Manager
    pcarson@vancouverislandy.com, 2503867511
    Website http://vancouverislandy.com/program-services/outdoor-education-overview/summer-camp-overview/
    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

  • North Island Kayak
    Contact Person Steve Emery, Owner
    info@kayakbc.ca, 250-928-3114
    Website www.kayakbc.ca/employment/
    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
    adventuress@shaw.ca, 250.755.6702
    Website www.adventuress.ca
    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

  • Sydney Harbour Kayaks
    Contact Person Shannon O'Brien, Managing Director
    shannon@sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au, +61 2 99694590
    Website www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au
    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 www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au 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 - http://www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au/#!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.

    • Daye Cooper daionisio@hotmail.com
      Telephone 604 754 9632
      Level Three
      Type of Work: Multi-day Guiding
      Availability: I still have availability July 5-11 and July 22-August 9.
      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.

    • Landon Kimmel landonkimmel@shaw.ca
      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 explorefirstaid@gmail.com
      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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