Sea Kayaking Leadership Programs
There are a variety of options for paddlers interested in leadership training. SKILS offers leadership training through Canada's oldest and most widely recognized organizations.
Paddle Canada Instructor Certification Courses
Paddle Canada leadership training focusses primarily on instructional skills and knowledge. These programs offer excellent training for student and club leaders, and for all professional instructors working along inland and coastal waters.
Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia Guide Certification Courses
Canada's oldest sea kayaking certification program is based in British Columbia. This program has set the standard for guiding in Canadian National Parks and has been influential in the development of a number of other programs around the world including in New Zealand, Chile, and Denmark. If you are looking to work as a sea kayak guide anywhere in the world, then check out these courses.
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Paddle Canada Leadership Programs
Paddle Canada Introduction to Kayaking Instructor
Covers all the basics for helping others get onto the water, basic kayak handling, safety, and group management on sheltered day trips.
- June 15-17, 2013: Victoria CDN $375
This course builds on the skills and knowledge of the Intro to Kayaking course adding navigation and weather interpretation and more advanced leadership skills for more exposed waters on a day trip.
- March 20-24, 2013: Victoria CDN$645
- September 28-October 2, 2013: Victoria CDN$645
Essential training for all instructors working in more demanding coastal environments with exposed coast lines, surf, currents, and dynamic weather. Leadership and group management skills for overnight programs are also presented.
- October 18-20, 2013: Victoria $750
These awards are only available through mentorship. Contact us for details.
SKGABC Guide Courses
SKGABC Level 1 Guide (formerly Day Guide)
This course covers all the basics of managing a group of clients on an extended day trip on coastal waters. Skill areas include strokes, rescues, launching and landing, record and interpret the weather, navigate by piloting, reading charts, understanding tides and currents, on water group management, emergency communication, and safety skills. Personal skills and knowledge are also reviewed during the course.
- March 16-20, 2013: Ucluelet CDN$735
- May 16-20, 2013: Victoria CDN$735
- TBA, 2013: Kyoquot Sound - In conjuction with West Coast Expeditions
- October 5-9, 2013: Victoria CDN$735
Folks who have taken the Level 1 Guide Course can upgrade to an Assistant Overnight Guide with this abbreviated program.
- June 5-9, 2013: Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound CDN$750
Looking to move straight into multiday guiding? Then this is the course for you. Our comprehensize and intensive curriculum refines your personal skills and reinforces critical leadership and group management skills necessary for long distance wilderness travel. Many recreational paddlers also enjoy the rigour of this course and take its advantage to refine coastal touring skills.
- May 4-12, 2013: Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound, CDN$1199
- May 18-26, 2013: Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound CDN$1199
- July 6-14, 2013: Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound CDN$1199
- September 14-22, 2013: Ucluelet and Clayoquot Sound CDN$1199
SKGABC Level 3 Guide Workshop
The Level 3 Guide Workshop is designed as a short and intense review of the skills and knowledge expected of a Level 3 Guide. It is intended for Level 2 Guides preparing for their Level 3 Exam or as an early season refresher for Level 3 Guides. We'll work through a wide range of paddling, safety, and leadership skills, review how to record and predict the weather, calculate more complex tides and currents, and navigate using a range of tools and techniques. We'll provide each candidate with a detailed assessment and a recommendation whether or not to challenge the SKGABC Level 3 exam.
- April 6-8, 2013: Clayoquot Sound, CDN$450
SKGABC Level 2 Guide, Level 3 Guide, Guide Trainer, Examiner
These are awarded by examination and mentorship direclty through the SKGABC to candidates who have completed the requisite training and acquired sufficient professional experience. Contact the SKGABC for details.
SKILS can coordinate private group exams through the SKGABC. Contact us for details.
We can also design a custom program to meet your specific needs. Contact us for details or submit a Service Quote Form.
Paddling Certification in Canada
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Sea Kayaking Leadership Courses
- Paddle Canada Intro to Kayaking Instructor
- Paddle Canada Level 1 Instructor
- Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor
- Paddle Canada Level 3 and 4 Instructor
- SKGABC Level 1 (Day) Guide
- SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide Upgrade
- SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide
- SKGABC Level 3 Workshop
- SKGABC Level 2, Level 3, Guide Trainer, Examiner
"Also, I would like to send along my thanks for helping us with this course. Our staff loved it, and really enjoyed. It was a pleasure working with both of you."
K. W. MEC Victoria, 2012