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.

To become an ACSKG certified guide, see:
Certification Process
or  Transfer Method

Our Purpose

  • 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

Gwaii Haanas National Park

"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

The ACSKG is not in a position to recommend or require a specific response to COVID-19 by certified guides.

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.  ACSKG accredited course providers are listed here.   Applying for accreditation is a simple process for courses and instructors who qualify.

Certification Transfer
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.

Links to conservation organizations.

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