International Sea Kayak Guide Association

Welcome to ISKGA

An international sea kayaking Guide association which represents the commercial sea kayak guide.

We are professional, dedicated and enthusiastic about sea kayaking and guiding others on the ocean. We recognise the need to have a fair, uncomplicated and inclusive system within which guides and coaches can operate effectively and with purpose.

We are an inclusive community of like-minded individuals banded together through a common purpose; guiding others on the ocean.

The Coastal and Advanced Guide is a professional award for people wanting to make a career in the industry. It is internationally recognized as the benchmark of a professional sea kayak guide, employers can employ with confidence, knowing that each individual has received thorough training and assessment, over a period of time and is current and active in ALL aspects of guiding

* Currency

* Ability

* Knowledge

* Experience

An ISKGA guide must demonstrate C.A.K.E at all times.

ISKGA is not aimed at the “Club” paddler; other organisations fulfil this role in a more effective manner. However we do actively encourage club members & individuals who might be involved in “National Home Nation Awards” to use the ISKGA process as a means of underpinning existing awards/standards and developing their personal knowledge, skill & experience base further.

To this end, ISKGA is in the process of developing a comprehensive range of CPD modules for its members and is in discussion with other recognised bodies to share parity in CPD delivery and recognition. These modules will be available to anyone with a passion for sea kayaking.

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A very warm welcome to three new ISKGA National Centre’s.
Kristoffer Vandbakk of Kajakk Nord in Norway ( and Jürg Endres from Siesta Oppi Kanu Shop in Switzerland ( have both recently dedicated their time and energy into completing the ISKGA coastal guide training program and identified with the modular system of delivery and shall now be taking it back to their respective countries to introduce it to their local paddling community’s and local guides.
Guido Grugnola of Tuilik Kayak centre in Italy ( completed the first Advanced Guide training program at Sea Kayaking Cornwall back in 2013 and is probably Italy’s most accomplished and experienced sea kayaker as well as being a master mariner in his own rights as an ocean racing yachtsman. Guido has not only established Tuilik as the premier ISKGA centre in Italy but shall also be taking on the responsibility as ISKGA National Chairman Italy. We wish all three guides every success for the future

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Great end to a great six week program ...

Final day of SKCs six week ISKGA guide training program, the students worked really hard and it culminated in some very positive outcomes. Many thanks to Nick Arding and Ben Sherring for assisting on the final observation, to Theobald Hix and Geoff Cater for making such believable performances in the scenarios but the biggest thanks have to go to the students, you’ve worked incredibly hard over the last six weeks, we’ll done and enjoy your beers tonight

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