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John Topham - Level One Guide

Available For Hire

Contact Me:, 250 537 9835,


Co-owner and Guide for Kayak Salt Spring, Paddle Canada Basic Skills Instructor, Bachelor of Science Biology, Bachelor of Education, Working towards Level Two, available for overnights only.

Ongoing Professional Development

SKGABC - Assistant Overnight Guide Course and Exam - 2016

Paddle Canada Basic Sea Kayak Instructor June 12, 2017

SKGABC Blended Virtual/On-Water Exchange Spring 2021. Particpant (4/5 workshops). Awarded 1 yr extension. Must provide onwater segment to recieve other 2yrs. * no further extension to be given until proof of on water training provided (JG April 17, 2021)

Onwater Training May 8th 2hrs covered  a line tow and a contact tow (on the bow).   3 variations of a tee rescue: tee rescue with a single kayak, tee rescue with a tandem and an all-in-rescue.  One of these rescues used a stirrup. did a paddle float self-rescue in under two minutes.  also practiced a carrying the swimmer to shore at my bow with the kayak in tow (as a possible alternative to a tee rescue when an easy landing is close).  (JG)