• January 7, 2017
    2017 Spring Exchange:
    Hosted by Gabriola Sea Kayaking on Gabriola Island, BC! More...

  • July 6, 2016
    2016 Fall Exchange:
    Hosted by PIKA on Pender Island, BC! More...

  • June 2, 2016
    2016 Fall Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • February 1, 2016
    2016 Spring Exams:
    Level Two and Three Exams Dates Posted! More...

  • January 7, 2016
    2016 Spring Exchange:
    Hosted by Terracentric and Footprint Nature Exploration in Lund, BC! More...

  • August 14, 2015
    2015 Fall Exchange - Skookumchuck:
    September 24-26, 2015 - Current, skill sessions, socializing!

  • March 3, 2015
    2015 Spring Exchange:
    April 17-19, 2015 - Sooke! Skill sessions, seminars, socializing!

  • 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...

  • 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
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2016 Fall Guides Exchange
September 30-October 2, 2016
Pender Island, BC
Hosted by: Pender Island Kayak Adventures

Past Exchange:
S = Spring | F = Fall
* F 2016 Pender Is.
* S 2016 Lund
* F 2015 Skookumchuck
* S 2015 Sooke
* S 2014 Salt Spring
* F 2013 Ucluelet
* S 2013 Quadra Is.
* F 2012 Johnstone St.
* S 2012 Victoria
* F 2011 Tofino
* S 2011 Cowichan Lake
* F 2010 Porteau Cove
* S 2010 Salt Spring
* F 2009 Gabriola
* S 2009 Surge Narrows
* F 2008 Ucluelet
* S 2008 Victoria
* F 2007 Deep Cove
* S 2007 Skookumchuck
* F 2006 Gabriola
* S 2006 Ladysmith
* F 2005 Ucluelet
* S 2005 Salt Spring
* F 2004 Comox
* S 2004 Jericho Beach
* F 2003 Gabriola
* Since 1994...

In 2016, the SKGABC Fall Guides Exchange will be held on beautiful Pender Island!
In addition to our usual range of workshops on strokes, navigation, rescues, rolling, and general camraderie, events include:

  • special guest: humpback whale researcher & marine biologist Jackie Hildering
  • current workshops in Georgeson Passage
  • a visit to the oldest archaeological site in the Southern Gulf Islands
  • Happy Hour, and
  • live music from the Barefoot Thieves
  • .

Please note: participation in the Guides Exchange is only open to SKGABC members in good standing (Renew Now).


Agenda Humpback Presentation


    Please pre-register so we can ensure food and goodies for all!
    Email with the following info:
  • Name:
  • Guide Level:
  • Dietary restrictions:
  • Which sessions (see below) are you most interested in?:

    $90 per SKGABC Member, all-inclusive of camping, meals, workshops, participation in activities, and chance to win door prizes.
    Prepay now or pay at the event with cheque or cash.

  • A few Level 2/3 Guides, Trainers, and Examiners may have the option to sign up as full-day Coaches for the Exchange and attend FREE.
  • A few discounted spaces available for logistical volunteers (from any level).
  • Contact the SKGABC by September 11 to inquire about these options.


    Pender Island in the Southern Gulf Islands, BC -- traditional Coast Salish territories.
    Yes, you’ll get to board a ferry (or two) if you don’t live here. Coming from:

    • Vancouver Island: Swartz Bay to Pender
    • Vancouver: Tsawwassen to Pender -- OR -- Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Swartz Bay to Pender
    For schedules, see
    Carpool with other guides to save travel costs, the environment, and it's fun too! Carpooling threads on Facebook.


    Group camping is included in your registration at Browning Harbour Marina.
    At additional costs and at your own expense, private cabin rentals and extended stays are available. Try Woods on Pender.

    As at all Exchanges, it's best to BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat)! -- even help support your guide community and bring out a second boat as well! If you are not able to bring your own kayak/gear, please contact Jay Raichura at Pender Island Kayak for your rental needs.


  • Full Coast Guard Reguirements are mandatory as always; full immersion gear (drysuits or wetsuits) are required for all rolling & rescue courses.
  • Pack along your regular guiding kit (VHF, charts, first aid kit, flares, re-warming gear, etc).
  • Please also provide all your own camping gear as none will be available for loaning out.
  • If you're someone who likes snacking through out the day, please also come prepared with your own treats for in between the provided meals!

See you there!

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The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. operates in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw,
Nuu-chah-nulth, Oweekeno, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Tsimshian, Haida, Nisga’a, and Tlingit First Nations.