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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The new ISKGA one day Leadership module for guides, trainers and Observers shall be taking place on the 6th March at Sea Kayaking Cornwall, Falmouth. This recently completed module, which has been created by Nick Arding, and Jim Bonney is an essential course for any guide wishing to retain or become an ISKGA trainer or observer. Both Nick and Jim have a wealth of experience beneath them and the course, although part classroom based, shall also have the solid foundation of being delivered by very able practitioners with a variety of scenario based exercises to underpin the course content. The cost of the course is £100 and is bookable for ISKGA guides and trainers through Sea Kayaking Cornwall.

In 2003 Nick Arding lead the Royal Navy Everest North Ridge expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the mountain’s first ascent. As well as putting two team members onto the summit, his team also rescued two injured climbers from a commercial expedition. As a result of the rescue, six members of Nick’s team were awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal, the Society’s Silver Medal and the Stanhope Gold Medal, with Nick personally being awarded one of the bronze medals.

Jim Bonney is also an extremely experienced leader and adventurer, an ex Royal Marines officer and mountaineer he retired from the military in 2010 and set up an independent team (ADVENTURE REHAB ltd); that leads active civilians through their recovery from amputation and he focuses on providing a unique consultancy to the UK recovery process for traumatically injured amputees who want to return to active lives.
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