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Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

The Standard in Sea Kayaking Professionals

The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC is a non-profit society committed to upholding high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensure safe practices on an industry-wide basis.

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Current News

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. President’s Report 2023

December 1, 2023

It is my great pleasure to deliver the 2022-2023 President’s Report, outlining the achievements and progress our organization has made over the last year. In many ways, this year marked a return to business as usual, allowing us to continue supporting our members while giving us the opportunity to look toward the horizon.

None of this would be possible without the countless volunteer hours put forth by our Board of Directors, to whom I extend my most sincere gratitude: Kevin Bradshaw - Vice President, Faroe des Roches - Treasurer, John Androsky - Secretary, Jonathan Lee - Member at Large, Austin Wilson - Member at Large, Aleia Wylie - Member at Large, Samuel Yates - Member at Large.

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Member Benefits Program - A Tale of Serendipity

February 17, 2023

It was a dark and stormy night… Actually, it was quite a pleasant warm sunny day in July. 

We launched for our day paddle from basecamp. The water was calm, the air was warm, and guests were smiling and happy. We planned our stops at beaches, a lunch break and the best kelp patch to have a snack and chat. As we got further from camp, I felt a breeze on my bare neck and a little playful bounce in the water. A quick knowing glance at my co-guides acknowledged the possibility of that pesky northwest wind coming through as forecasted and altering our plans. Within 20 minutes, it was clear that it was time to turn around and head back before things started to get spicy. As the wind picked up, we were forced to land on a fairly exposed beach rather than paddling to the other side of the headland.

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Current Events

2024 Spring Guides Exchange April 26-28 Sooke

April 26 - 28, 2024

Sooke Exchange 2024 - April 26,27 ,28, 2024

Hosted by  WestCoast Adventure College/Rush Adventures, and Kelp Reef Adventures

SKGABC Spring Guides Exchange will be held in Sooke at the Sooke River Campground. This area with spectacular surroundings will be an ideal place to run through our usual range of workshops on strokes, navigation, rescues, rolling, general camaraderie 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. 

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Upcoming Exams / Courses

FULL Level Two Exam - Quadra Island - April 13-14, 2024

April 13 - 14, 2024 - Quadra Island

Level Three Exam - Clayoquot Sound- April 19-20, 2024

April 19 - 21, 2024 - Clayoquot Sound

NEW Level Two Exam - Quadra Island - April 20-21, 2024

April 20 - 21, 2024 - Quadra Island

AOG Course - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound - April 27 - May 5, 2024

April 27 - May 5, 2024 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

AOG Course - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound - May 11-19, 2024

May 11 - 19, 2024 - Ucluelet / Clayoquot Sound

AOG Course - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound - July 5-13, 2024

July 5 - 13, 2024 - Ucluelet / Clayoquot Sound

Level Three Exam - Clayoquot Sound - Oct 4-6, 2024

October 4 - 6, 2024 - Clayoquot Sound