Preparing for Your Guide Training

We are so excited to welcome you on your Guide Training with Coastal Current Adventures! 

 We have provided this resource to help you prepare for your chosen Guides Course. Please read carefully and allow yourself plenty of time to collect any items that you will need to facilitate the learning and to be comfortable and safe!



Please open and fill out each of the following forms. You can fill them out online, then click File: Export as PDF (Safari) or File: Print: Save as PDF (Chrome, Firefox).

Send completed pdfs by email to at least 2 weeks prior to the start of your trip. For forms requiring signature, simply type your full name in the signature field.

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. Membership

In order to take the exam, participants must be a member in good standing with the SKGABC. Membership dues must be paid and course fees completed prior to commencement.

Annual SKGABC Membership  $70.

Exam fee (Level 1, AOG upgrade and AOG ) are included in course.

Payment for membership fees to the SKGABC are done online at

A non-refundable deposit is required upon registering. Final payments must be paid no later than 30 days prior to course date. After 30 days refunds are not issued unless accompanied by a doctor’s certificate. If you are taking advantage of the $60 discount (individual courses) or $120 discount (Full AOG combined course), please ensure full payment is made 60 days before the course start date. Call 250-537-2571 if you have questions.


Garden Faire Campground on Rainbow Rd. offers nice sites and showers plus it is located just outside of Ganges.  Since we venture to different locations daily, this gives you a central location to all the launching locations we utilize during the course.

Duck Creek Farm has some nice sites but it is a little further away from the town amenities. If you have a vehicle it is only an extra 5-7 minute drive and you might enjoy the lovely active farm atmosphere. 

Ruckle Provincial Park is a walk-in campground with few amenities but a spectacular oceanfront location. There are many campsites and the cost is less than the other two offerings mentioned above. Take note that it will be a farther drive each day to and from the ocean accesses that we use after the first day on Cusheon Lake.

Mowhinna Creek Campground: 250 537 7861 515 Fulford Ganges Road.


Yes, we have a large trailer and can transport all boats for the Level 1 course and for those who rent kayaks from us during the AOG Upgrade courses. You are welcome to inquire if we might have  space if you are bringing your own boats but there is no guarantee that we can accommodate you. Please make early arrangements for boat transportation as often, on West Coast trips, we run out of space and you will need to transport your own kayaks and gear.


We usually have space for one or two extra passengers to our various ocean launch spots on the Level 1 course. Please inquire well ahead of time if you are in need of transportation. We also try to have you network with other registrants who may be at the same campsite or be able to pick you up en route.

We are unable to commit to having space for extra passengers until we determine which vehicle we will be using on a particular course. You are welcome to make a request and we will follow up a week or two before the course start date.

Level 1 courses start daily at 08:00 at our various put in locations.  The first day is at our base on Cusheon Lake--118 Natalie Lane. After that, we will let you know at the end of each day where we will be launching the following day but the start time will remain the same.  We hope to be ending each day by 17:00 to allow for time to relax, study and work on theory during the evenings.  

AOG Upgrade will start at 09:00 at Rush Adventures in Sooke; it is the first building you come to on the oceanside when driving down into Sooke from Victoria.  From here we mobilize and begin paddling in current at Wiffin Spit and that evening move to our base in French Creek.  During non Covid times, we meet at 09:00 at the Tofino Boat Launch at the end of 1st Street.  

If you are in the AOG Upgrade or Full AOG, you will need a helmet for paddling in current and for surf landings and take offs.  

A drysuit is a big investment but a really nice way to keep dry.  Wetsuits work well but do create a bit of chafing.  Dry suits must have good seals and fit well. It would not be wise to borrow someone's drysuit as you might have narrower wrists or a thinner neck than the owner and discover that it does not work all that well.  


We do rent wetsuits and booties but not drysuits.  


You definitely need good footwear as you will be lifting boats up over rocks with barnacles.  Flip flops are not an option; Tevas, Chacos or other technical water-friendly sandals that grab your foot all around, are recommended. You always want a change of footwear that is dry for when you get to camp. 

Yes, it is necessary to do all the work in the Online Campus prior to arrival.  This is applicable for all levels.  If taking the AOG courses, you will need to ensure you are proficient at Secondary Tides and Currents and have studied the weather modules and passed the quizzes.  Your guides will know how well you have done in the Online Campus as they can login and view the amount of time you have dedicated to it.  By doing these studies ahead of time, it allows you to relax more during the course and concentrate on the practical learning.  There will be time for asking questions about what is taught online during all the courses but there will be no evening sessions on the Level 1 course.

If you are taking a guides’ course as a stepping stone to becoming an accredited kayak guide, you must take out a membership in the SKGABC, prior to the course.  

All the courses that we offer include a written and a practical exam.  You must obtain a minimum of 75% on both of these in order to pass.  If time allows, we may offer a second scenario option if you have been close to the 75% benchmark.  

Once you have passed both the written and practical sections of the exam, your guide examiner will send in the marks and the evaluations, to the SKGABC.  Your responsibility is to send in your valid First Aid certification, CPR–C ticket, up to date logs and 

handheld marine radio certification.  If you already have up to date certs in your file, you only have to send in the ones that need updating.  Note: the Marine Radio certificate is good for life and does not need updating.  


Level One Course & AOG Upgrade Course Gear List


It is expected that you come with some essential equipment. If you do not have these items, please ensure that you obtain them before the start date. We have rentals available for kayaks, (which includes accessories), and for wetsuits. Please let us know well ahead of time if you will require any of these rentals.

Items Needed:

  • Kayak with front and stern bulkheads
  • Two kayak paddles
  • Float rescue pad
  • Chart 3442 plus a Current & Tide Atlas printed out
  • Tow line
  • Stirrup
  • Handheld Compass
  • Wetsuit or Drysuit
  • Change of clothing & a drybag  for it
  • Paddling clothes
  • Manual handheld bilge pump
  • "Rite in the Rain"/dry erase booklet & pen

***Camping gear is considered safety gear for day guides on trips, in case of an emergency or unplanned overnight.  This includes a stove, sleeping bags, tarp & string. It is not necessary to bring this daily as your instructors will carry it.  If during scenarios you are in need of something from this Camping/Safety Gear bag, you will be welcome to borrow it.

Level One:

Wetsuit & Kayak rental, including 2 paddles, pump, float pad & towline: $175 + GST for the full course

Wetsuit only rental $75 + GST;  Kayak and safety gear $125 + GST

AOG Upgrade

Wetsuit & Kayak rental, including 2 paddles, pump, float pad & towline: $225 + GST for the full course

Wetsuit only rental $75 + GST;  Kayak and safety gear $150 + GST

Optional but recommended if you already have them:

  • handheld Marine Radio.  We listen to the radio every day so having one will help you get better at writing weather and understanding the forecasts.
  • Flares

Level One Course & AOG Upgrade Course Clothing List

Note:  Cotton clothing gets wet quickly and becomes heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Wool or synthetic apparel acts like a wick and moisture is drawn to the outer layers. Jeans are not appropriate pants for a guides' course. Wearing layers including wool and synthetic is best for our climate.


  • A good sunhat with a brim and a toque
  • 3-4 pairs underwear (you can always wash some)
  • 3-4 pairs wool/synthetic socks
  • Swimsuit/Swimshorts
  • 1 lightweight towel (PackTowl is best)
  • 1 pair of long underwear, top & bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • 2-3 T-shirts  (synthetic or wool are best; cotton blend is okay)
  • 1-2 long-sleeved synthetic shirts/pullovers (fleece, etc.)
  • 1 set of good, waterproof rain gear: jacket & pants
  • 1 warm synthetic puffy/insulation jacket that packs down nicely
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants (not full cotton)
  • 1 pair of sturdy, water friendly sandals, water shoes or booties (flip flops are not appropriate water shoes)
  • 1 pair of light hiking boots or runners


Other gear


  • Sunscreen and sunglasses with straps, Zinc sticks for face – please ensure all sunscreen is reef friendly.
  • Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, hand towel, contacts/glasses, etc. Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a camping- friendly feminine hygiene option or bring what you use and need.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)
  • Medication – Please bring extra medication for instructor to pack if you have a severe allergy-anaphylactic- or have any critical medications you cannot be without in case they get spoiled or wet.
  • Synthetic sleeping bag (not down filled or cotton/flannel lined, which absorb moisture and don’t insulate well in a coastal environment). Rentals are available-see below.
  • 1 L water bottle
  • 2 -drybags (mid size, not over 15L; 10 litres is best for packing)
  • 2-3 washable masks, 1-2 Buffs/neck tubes, that can be washed and used as masks well as neck warmers.
  • Personal hand sanitizer.
  • "rite in the rain"/waterproof journal/pen for note taking. These should be small; 5” X 2.5 “ is perfect for packing in a pocket though lightly larger is fine as well.
  • Paddling gloves, pogies (neoprene over-mitt) or neoprene gloves if your hands get cold.




Please limit electronic equipment (eg. laptops, handheld gaming devices). Iphones do make good cameras and usually are waterproof.

  • A camera that is not part of your phone is optional. Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid saltwater ocean conditions can negatively affect them. Instructors will have a camera and will put photos up on Dropbox to share.
  • Bug spray can be helpful, however some people are sensitive to it and many brands - particularly those containing DEET - are highly toxic. Please use bug spray with care, or consider a natural brand or bug net.
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available to rent for  $25 + GST.
  • Thermorest style pads –please ensure they pack small, available to rent for  $15 + GST

If you have any questions or concerns please call us for suggestions: 250.537.2571.

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