Water Classification Maps

Map Index

  • Pacific Coast of Canada

ACSKG certified guides can request the Association to create a classification map for any coastal water.

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Classification Map
Classification Map
Classification Map
Classification Map

Coastal Water Classifications (CWC)
A three-tiered categorization of coastal waters that considers topography, bathymetry, fetch, tidal action, marine traffic and local anomalies affecting sea kayak risk management.  Boundaries are identified on ACSKG Water Classification Maps.
Guide to client ratios are determined by water classification and the type of kayaks used; single kayaks, double kayaks or a mixed fleet consisting of both single and double kayaks.

Class I  Protected waters
Guide requirements:  An ACSKG Certified Full Guide with smaller groups, or; an ACSKG Certified Full Guide and an Assistant Guide with larger groups.

Class II  Open coastal waters
Guide requirements:  An ACSKG Certified Full Guide and an Assistant Guide.

Class III  High energy waters with minimal refuge
Guide requirements:  An ACSKG Certified Class III Full Guide and an Assistant Guide.

Guide to Client Ratios
Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides
Water
Classification
Single
kayaks
Mixed
fleets
Double
kayaks
Class I 1:4
2:5 to 8
1:5
2:6 to 10
1:6
2:7 to 10
Class II 2:6 2:8 2:10
Class III 2:4 2:6 2:8

Ratio Details  ·  Synopsis of Standards


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