• 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...

  • Feb 25, 2014
    2014 Pacific Paddling Symposium:
    SKGABC proud to be a Community Sponsor of the Event. Win a Subsidized Admission to the Event! More...

  • Feb 20, 2014
    2014 Spring Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! 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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The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC is a non-profit society which upholds 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. More information about the SKGABC...

2014 Spring Exam Dates

Additional Level Two Exam - June 18-19

With the summer season soon here, take the opportunity to upgrade your certification. Take a SKGABC Level Two or Three Guide Exam!

Contact to register!

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2014 Spring Guides Exchange

Salt Spring Island, BC

May 9-11, 2014

Hosted by Island Escapades, come join us on Salt Spring Island as the SKGABC celebrates its 20th Anniversary!


On Going Training Policy

The SKGABC has evolved the On Going Training certification requirement. To provide opportunities for members from many areas of the country & diverse scheduling availability, we have created option for members to satisfy this policy in new ways.


2014 Pacific Paddling Syposium

The SKGABC is proud to be a Community Sponsor of the 2014 Pacific Paddling Symposium! This is another great event helping to foster community and On-Going Training within the paddling sector, with 15 SKGABC coaches leading sessions at the event.

Event registration opens February 26, 2014

Win Subsidized Admission

The SKGABC will draw for two subsidized admissions to the event! Draw On March 19, 2014 Learn more and enter the draw today!


Northern Gateway Pipeline

The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) is disappointed to hear of the approval recommendation made by the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline. The SKGABC has been an active participant in the Joint Review Panel process.


2013 Annual General Meeting

Join us at the 2013 SKGABC Annual General Meeting!

An excellent opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the SKGABC, help in decision making, and, perhaps, vollenteer on the Board of Directors!

More Info

Fall Guides Exchange - Ucluelet, September 27-29, 2013

Photos Now Posted!

Fall came in with a vengance during the 2013 Fall Guides Exchange! Big weather could not dampen the spirits of everyone who attended!
Fall Guide Exchange

Summer Campfire Restrictions

During the hot summer months it is common for restrictions to be placed upon open fires in the province.

Keep track of restrictions at the BC Wildfire Management Branch

Spring 2013 Exchange

Photos Now Posted!

Thanks for making the May 10-12 Spring Exchange on Quadra Island a huge success!
Spring Guide Exchange

Toquaht Bay Campsite Closure

Update May 15, 2013
Alternative Launch Site

Temporary kayak launch available from the village of Macoah.


  • $10 / day Parking
  • $20 / person Launch Fee
More detailed information...

Tsunami Debris Sighting and Reporting

Sea kayakers often find themselves in remote, and infrequently visited areas. With the coming season, learn how to treat, and report Tsunami Debris, particularly items which may be hazerdous to health or the environment.

SKGABC Guide Logs

Download the new SKGABC Guide Logs Spreadsheet before submitting your logs!

  • Faster, easier, and paper free!
  • Record multiple years in a single document.

More info...

2013 Training Courses

Numerous courses (with more being posted!) to help give you the skills and knowledge to paddle safely! Training Coureses

Fall 2012 Exchange

Photos Now Posted!

Thanks to everyone who joined the SKGABC in the Johnstone Strait this October 5-7, 2012 for the fall guides exchange.
Fall Guide Exchange

Wolf Advisory - Clayoquot Sound Provincial Parks

A number of wolves on Vargas and Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound continue to cause concern. Please continue to observe low-impact pratices.

Read the full advisory Here
Information on avoiding wolf encounters can be found Here
SKGABC low-impact guidelines can be found Here

New Printable Reference Sheets

Continuing to develop more resources for members, the SKGABC has created a number of printable reference sheets, easy to take with you next time you head on the water!

Visit the Resources page to find a number of resources, including:

More Info

Environment Canada - Marine Weather Guide

The Environment Canada Marine Weather Guide for the Pacific Coast has been updated, and is now available online! Visit the Environment Canada Website for More Info

Water Classification Maps

Updated water classification maps! Easier to read and understand, outlining the water classifications within British Columbia. More Info

New Pro-Deal - Killarney Kayaks

Killarney Kayaks is now offering discounts to SKGABC Guides on Equipment from Northern Light Paddles and Tahe Greenland Kayaks.

Learn more about all the SKGABC Pro-Deals, including offerings from: Aquabound, Brooks, Broform, Delta Kayaks, Level Six, Nimbus, North Water, Ortlieb, and Seaward. Visit the Members Area for more information: Members Area

Technical Guides Manual

Designed as a reference for proffessional guides, this manual details a wide-range of subjects; from Tides & Currents, Campcraft, to Risk-Management.
More Info

Weather Forecast Quick Links

West Coast Vancouver Island South
West Coast Vancouver Island North
Straight of Georgia North of Nanaimo
Straight of Georgia South of Nanaimo
Howe Sound

Haro Straight
Juan de Fuca - East Enterance
Juan de Fuca - Central

Hecate Straigh
Dixon Enterance East
West Coast Charlottes - Southern

Johnstone Straight
Queen Charlotte Straight
Central Coast

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