Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC Guide Training Programs

Join us this Summer to paddle, learn and experience the West Coast!

The Gabriola Sea Kayaking (GSK) Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) Level 1 and Assistant Overnight Guide (AOG) courses are designed for aspiring sea kayak guides and individuals seeking to increase their skills and  knowledge of sea kayaking, and lead groups on the water.

Not just for guides! Everybody is welcome and you are not required to be an expert. In fact, most people are not!

Course curriculum will adhere to SKGABC Standards.  Certification can act as a stepping stone to higher level SKGABC certification.

Course Length

This intensive course will occur over 4 (Level 1) or  9 (AOG) days in a wilderness setting.

Course Materials

All students will be provided with the 180+ page SKGABC Guides Manual, to be used both as a study guide during the course, and as an ongoing reference source in the future.

Course Equipment

Each participant will be provided with a performance sea kayak, safety equipment, PFD, spray skirt, and paddle.  Clothing and equipment to be supplied by participant will be outlined in the pre-course literature.


Each student will be assessed through the SKGABC  written and practical  exam at the end of the course.

Certification Granted

Upon successful completion of the practical and written assessment, each participant will be eligible to receive Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC ( Certification

First year membership dues are included as part of course costs


Level 1 courses will be held on Gabriola Island or  in the waters of Clayoquot Sound. AOG courses will be held in Clayoquot Sound. Both areas offers a wide range of paddling experiences, ranging from the currents and navigation challenges, protected waters,  to ocean surf and rock gardens of the open coast.

This course may occur in alternative locations, provided suitable water features and classifications can be utilized.  


Participants should be healthy, physically fit, capable of moderate physical activity and comfortable in a wilderness setting.

Follow your course up with one of our trips this season! All of our tours are participatory and allow you to take part in every aspect of the adventure. They provide the perfect environment to practice and hone your skills.

How to Reserve

A $100 non-refundable deposit reserves a space. Full payment due 60 days before course start. We aren’t able to process credit cards. In order to minimize your costs , please pay by cheque. Thanks. If you cancel, you’ll get your balance back unless it is 14 or fewer days before trip start, in which case we’ll refund you 50%.

To make your reservation,

Please email us at

Or give us a call at :

(250) 327-3346

Payments can be sent to our Winter Office in Nanaimo – 1950 Bay St. Nanaimo BC V9T 3A5

Please make cheques out to Gabriola Sea Kayaking.

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If you prefer this option, let us know and we’ll send you a Pay Pal invoice for an easy and convenient payment. Just follow the prompts and Pay Pal will walk you through a few simple steps (3% transaction fee for all credit card payments).