SKGABC News

  • March 17, 2014
    2014 Spring Exchange:
    May 9-11, 2014 - Salt Spring Island. Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!
    More...

  • 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.
    More...

  • Oct 25, 2013
    2013 Annual General Meeting: Nov 9, 2013 - Nanaimo, BC.
    More...

  • 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
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  • May 25, 2012
    Online Resource Sheets Printable equipment list, emergency contact list, earthquake and tsunami notification, operating standards summary and more!
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  • May 23, 2012
    Pacific Coast - Marine Weather Guide Environment Canada Marine Weather Guide for the BC Coast updated and online!
    More...

  • February 14, 2012
    Updated - Water Classification Maps: Outlining water classfications within British Columbia
    More...

  • 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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Guiding in National Parks

SKGABC certification is accepted for commercial sea kayak guides in the three coastal National Parks in BC. Certified guides will adhere to all local regulations when operating in National Parks (i.e. low-impact guidelines, guide-client ratios, wildlife management practices). All commercial operations must hold a valid National Parks Business License.

National Park Website For more information about the national parks, please visit the Parks Canada website:

  • Parks Canada
  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site


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    Guide to Client Ratios: PDF Available Here

    Trip
    Classification

    Doubles Only

    Singles Only

    Singles & Doubles

    Broken Group Islands #

    2:8

    2:8

    2:8

    Gulf Islands

    2:10

    2:8

    2:10

    Gwaii Haanas
    Class 1, 2, 3

    2:10

    2:6

    2:8*

    Gwaii Haanas
    Class 4

    2:8

    2:4

    2:6


    # 2:8 when maximum group size of 10 is reached. 1:5 for smaller groups.
    * 2:7 if only one double is used
    * The Level Three Guide Must always be in a single

    • Broken Group Islands and Gwaii Haanas:
      Minimum of one Level Three Sea Kayak Guide in Broken Group Islands and Gwaii Haanas
    • Gulf Islands:
      Minimum of one Level Two Sea Kayak Guide in Gulf Islands for Multi-day trips
      Minimum of one Level One Sea Kayak Guide for day trips in Gulf Islands

    Business Licensing:
    All sea kayak companies operating in National Parks in BC must hold a valid National Park Business License. Guides shall carry a copy of this license when operating in the National Park.

    For information on attaining a National Park Business License, please visit:
    Pacific Rim National Park Reserve - park management information
    Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - park management information
    Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site - park management information

    Guide Certification
    Certification must be current and up-to-date. All relevant documentation (first aid/CPR C, etc) must be submitted, and membership shall be current. Guides must operate in water classifications respective to their certification. In Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site guides must attain a Guide Card from the park reserve.

    Orientation
    All guides of businesses licensed to operate within National Parks are required to attend an orientation session. The orientation session will include the role and responsibility of Parks Canada, natural and cultural history information, and review emergency protocol, park-specific regulations, and low impact standards (for camping, managing human waste, etc.).


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