SKGABC Spring 2018 Guides Exchange - Victoria, Ocean River Sports

Event information

April 13 - 15, 2018


The Spring 2018 Exchange will be held in Victoria and hosted by Ocean River Sports!

Exchange Schedule

Click on the image below to download the preliminary schedule.

This Exchange featuring:

- The SKGABC Song - come sing and/or play on Friday night!

- Discovery Island day paddle with expert wolf interpretive 
   provided by Cheryl Alexander
- Rock Gardens and Surge Channels workshop
- Greenland rolling with James Manke
- Rescues, strokes, and skills review
- Keynote address by the CEO of Tourism Victoria
- Complimentary stand up paddleboard use - build
   skills in a parallel sport
- Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tour

Additional workshops (pre-registration required):

- Wilderness First Aid for Anxiety
Friday 9am-12pm, UVic, $5 for SKGABC members.

- CPR-C recert
Friday 1pm-3:30pm, Alert WFA, $38

SKGABC spring exchange schedule

WFA Anxiety poster 

Register at the bottom of the page.

Exchange Pack List

  • Warm clothes, rain gear and gum boots
  • Snacks for between meals and an insulated travel mug or thermos
  • Your own PFD, extra wool/poly layers, booties, and immersion gear if you have them. 
  • It's always best to BYOB (bring your own boat) and kayaking gear if possible.  If you are in need of a sea kayak or immersion gear please contact Ocean River Sports ahead of time for a great deal.
  • Notebook and pens
  • Sleeping bag, mat, sleep mask or earplugs, towel, and/or camping gear ... depending on what accommodation option you choose (see below).

Accommodation: Billets Available

So many guides are from the Victoria area, or have friends they may want to stay with while they're here, we are accommodating folks with a variety of options for this Exchange.  Choose what fits best for you.

Option 1:  Arrange your own accommodation in Victoria at your home, or with a friend!

Option 2:  Not from around here?  Don't know anyone in Victoria?  No problem - request a billet at registration.  Billet hosts are members of the SKGABC or our friends at SISKA (South Island Sea Kayakers Association) and are all volunteers.  Billets may be indoor (a spare room or living room) or outdoor (tenting in a host's backyard). A neat way to connect with other paddlers!

Option 3: Rather stay downtown?  The Days Inn is a short oceanside walk to Ocean River Sports.  Kayaks can remain on the roof of your vehicle in their visible parking lot, or can get dropped off at Ocean River Sports if you prefer.


Exchanges are designed to be cost-neutral -- we just cover our costs.  While refreshing your "ongoing training" is required a minimum of once every 3 years, we try to support our members to come to as many Exchanges as you want!    

Exchange cost - earlybird fee until April 1: $125
After April 1: $135

Participation in all workshops and activities;
Special door prizes and giveaways;
Professional guest speakers and coaches;
Billet accommodation if requested;
Complimentary kayak or SUP useage from Ocean River Sports on Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon (Saturday kayak use for nominal fee - contact Ocean River Sports directly)
Food including Friday night Neapolitan pizza and beverage reception at Ocean River Sports, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Saturday restaurant dinner and beverage, Sunday breakfast and BBQ lunch closing ceremonies;

Saturday night reception, keynote address, and door prizes.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations 30 days prior to the Exchange start date are entitled to a full refund.
  • Cancellations 15-30 days prior to start date may be refunded less a $25 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations less than 15 days prior to start date will be charged for the full cost of the Exchange.  However, we may transfer your fees to another SKGABC member for their attendance if you arrange this with them.

Registration opens March 5th

Participants must be current SKGABC members to register for an Exchange. Please take a moment to renew your membership if needed!

  • Download the SKGABC waiver.  If you are under 19, you must contact the SKGABC for an under-19 informed consent form.


Make payment via PayPal, below

Earlybird 2018S Exchange registration