Sea Kayak Guide Standards & Certification
The Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides is an organization which advocates the highest standards of professional sea kayak guides and sea kayak guiding in Canada. Organized and run by and for those who work as tour leaders in Canadian coastal waters, the ACSKG promotes safety and responsibility in commercial sea kayak tours.
The Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides was the first organization to have their standards approved by Gwaii Haanas National Park. ACSKG standards are the benchmark against which all other standards are evaluated.
For information on becoming an ACSKG guide, see:
or Transfer Method
The purpose of the ACSKG is:
- To set a high standard for commercial sea kayak guiding in the marine waters of Canada;
- To develop and maintain standards for commercial sea kayaking in Canada and to certify guides according to these standards;
- To encourage continual professional development in the many aspects of leadership from safety to natural and cultural interpretation, and;
- To represent the interests of professional sea kayaking 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 email Parks Canada.
ACSKG Information Update
Guides certified by SKGABC or other reputable sea kayak guide organizations may be eligible to transfer to the ACSKG.
SKGABC & CFOKE leadership course graduates may apply for ACSKG equivalency.
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Links to conservation organizations and our letter to the Prime Minister.
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