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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

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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Contracting with School Groups - Insight from Jack Rosen

March 11, 2022

We often see that schools approach companies and individual guides to run programs for them. SKGABC Guides are the leaders and thus make the decisions for the group, so it is essential to ensure that they are prepared and informed. 

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Current Events

2023 Spring Guide Exchange April 14, 15 and 16 Toquaht Bay

April 14 - 16, 2023

Toquaht Bay Exchange 2023 - April 14,15 ,16, 2023 - Hosted by Hello Nature Adventure Tours, Majestic Ocean Kayaking and Paddle West Kayaking

SKGABC Spring Guides Exchange will be held at Toquaht Bay at the Secret Beach Campground and Kayak Launch. This alluring 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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2023 Fall Guides Exchange October - Dates and Location TBA

September 30, 2023

Our Fall Exchange will be an inperson event. Stay tuned for the details.

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Upcoming Exams / Courses

CANCELLED Level Two Exam - Salt Spring Island/Porlier Pass - April 4-5, 2023

April 4 - 5, 2023 - Salt Spring Island/Porlier Pass

AOG - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound April 22-30, 2023

April 22 - 30, 2023 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

NEW Level Two Exam - Quadra Island- April 23-24, 2023

April 23 - 24, 2023 - Quadra Island

AOG - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound April 29-May 7, 2023

April 29 - May 7, 2023 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

AOG Upgrade - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound May 2-6, 2023

May 2 - 6, 2023 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

AOG - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound May 10-18, 2023

May 10 - 18, 2023 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

Level 1 Course - SKILS - Broughton Archipelago - June 3-7, 2023

June 3 - 7, 2023 - Broughton Archipelago

AOG - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound July 8-16, 2023

July 8 - 16, 2023 - Ucluelet/Clayoquot Sound

AOG - SKILS - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound September 16-24, 2023

September 16 - 24, 2023 - Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound

Level 1 Guide -SKILS- Ucluelet October 5-9, 2023

October 5 - 9, 2023 - Ucluelet

Level Three Exam - Clayoquot Sound - Oct 7-9, 2023

October 7 - 9, 2023 - Clayoquot Sound

Level Two Exams - Quadra Island - Oct 14-15, 2023

October 14 - 15, 2023 - Quadra Island