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

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April 11–19th 2020 – Space available

May 9th-17th 2020 – Space available

May 18th -26th 2020 – SOLD OUT

$1249 + GST     

The Gabriola Sea Kayaking (GSK) Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC)  Assistant Overnight Guide (AOG) courses are designed for aspiring sea kayak guides and individuals seeking to increase their skills and  knowledge of sea kayaking,  assist guiding groups in class two and three waters and lead groups in class one waters.

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 9 days in a wilderness setting on Gabriola Island and Clayoquot Sound.


Each student will be assessed through the SKGABC Assistant Overnight Guide 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 ( Assistant Overnight Guide Certification


The course will be held in the waters of Clayoquot Sound and Gabriola Island. You get the best of both worlds on the east and west coasts of the Island. Clayoquot Sound offers a wide range of paddling experiences, ranging from the currents and navigation challenges of Tofino harbour, the protected waters of Meares Island, to ocean surf and rock gardens of the open coast. On Gabriola Island you’ll paddle varying conditions from sheltered Descanso and Silva Bays, to the exposed waters in the Strait of Georgia and challenging currents in Gabriola Passage and False Narrows.

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 $200 non-refundable deposit reserves a space. Full payment due 60 days before course start. 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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We also accept credit card payments – give us a call!

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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).