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


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On Going Training

Certification Requirement

The principal of On-Going Training is a vital component of SKGABC certification. As learning opportunities should not end at the completion of a training course, the Alliance strives to ensure all members continually develop their skills and knowledge base throughout their careers. On-Going Training allows leaders to stay abreast of evolving industry standards and finesse their paddling and safety skills, thereby promoting safety across the industry.

Since 1994, the SKGABC has facilitated On-Going Training through running Guides Exchanges, endorsed training courses, and Level Two and Three Exams.

As the scope of SKGABC membership has grown, the options to satisfy the On-Going Training requirement should also evolve. The On-Going Training requirement should become flexible enough to allow for members of diverse situations (geographic location, availability, etc) to satisfy the underlying principal behind the requirement; continued professional development.

On-Going Training can be satisfied for a THREE (3) year period by any of the following SKGABC Activities:

  • SKGABC Guides Exchange
  • SKGABC Endorsed Course
  • SKGABC Level Two or Three Exam

On-Going Training can be satisfied for a THREE (3) year period by any of the following alternative activities:

  • Recognized training course endorsed by another certifying body

    • Examples: Paddle Canada / American Canoe Association / British Canoe Union / etc sea kayak courses
  • Regional paddling symposium or event

    • Examples: Pacific Paddling Symposium / Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium / East Coast Kayak Symposium / Lumpy Waters Kayak Symposium
  • Ground Search and Rescue Training
  • Swiftwater Rescue Training

On-Going Training can be satisfied for a ONE (1) to THREE (3)* year period by any of the following:

*At the discretion of the Executive Director (or Certification Committee) duration of certification requirement extension is based upon quality, intensity, and length of training.

  • 'In-house' skill / rescue training put-on by sea kayak company
  • University or technical training which can be directly applied to sea kayak guiding
  • Other training opportunities. Contact Executive Director to discuss.

Submitting On-Going Training Completion:

Participation in SKGABC endorsed activities is automatically recorded.

To submit non-SKGABC training, please email proof to:

Proof of completion of 'Alternative' On-Going Training (non-SKGABC activities) can be submitted with any of the following:

  • Course completion certificate
  • Course transcript
  • Receipt of enrollment and participation
  • Letter of completion from instructor

The SKGABC Certification Committee will consider alternative options on a case by case basis.

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