Sea Kayak Guide Standards & Certification
ACSKG members are worldwide, professional
multi-day wilderness expedition guides,
and remote day-trip leaders.
The Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides advocates the highest standards for sea kayak guides in Canada. We promote professional risk management and responsibility on commercial sea kayak tours worldwide.
Guides are invited to apply, transfer or recertify.
Outfitters are encouraged to verify certified guides.
- The ACSKG sets a high standard for commercial sea kayak guiding in the coastal waters of Canada and around the world, through;
- Developing and maintaining standards for commercial sea kayaking, while certifying guides according to these standards, and;
- Encouraging continual professional development in the many aspects of leadership, from risk management to natural and cultural interpretation, and;
- Representing the interests of professional sea kayak guides to private, commercial and government groups.
Endorsed by Parks Canada
"The Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides was the first organization to have their guide and operating standards approved for Gwaii Haanas. ACSKG standards have become the benchmark against which all other standards are evaluated."
- Anna Maria Husband, Visitor Services Team Leader
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve & Haida Heritage Site
For more information on kayak guiding standards in Gwaii Haanas, please contact Parks Canada.
ACSKG Information Update
Alliance or Association - What's the Difference?
· SKGABC Certification Equivalence
· Synopsis of ACSKG Standards
Is Your Course Accredited?
A number of guide training courses falsely claim ACSKG accreditation. We've made it simple to determine the truth; if a course is not on this list, it is not ACSKG accredited.
Applying for accreditation is a simple process for courses and instructors who qualify.
Paddle Canada instructors, SKGABC guides and those certified by other reputable sea kayak guide organizations may be eligible to transfer to the ACSKG without additional exams.
Pacific Rim National Park
The ACSKG has requested a comprehensive review of kayak tour operating standards and guide requirements for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. View the details.
Pro Deal Program
Gear discounts for ACSKG certified guides.
Links to conservation organizations and our letter to the Prime Minister.