Welcome to ISKGA
An international sea kayak Guide association which represents the professional/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 who wish to make a career within 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 Sea Kayak guiding
An ISKGA guide must demonstrate C.A.K.E at all times.
ISKGA is not aimed directly 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 & experiential base even 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.
ISKGA does not compete with other organisations such as ‘National Governing Bodies, in fact we support and promote these organisations and recommend that anyone who wishes to embark upon a professional/commercial sea kayaking career, first looks to their NGB for guidance and initial skill development in their personal paddling abilities.
The ISKGA Guide is trained to operate effectively in a remote/wilderness environment. To that end their practical knowledge of remote or wilderness first aid is deeper and a lot more thorough than you would find in your normal club/centre environment. The ISKGA Guide receives an in-depth level of practical, scenario based training in the handling of incidents at sea and on land and to that end will have established thorough emergency action plans (EAP’s) to facilitate a rapid and safe engagement of the emergency services, should an incident occur. the ISKGA Guide has a solid base in their development of essential expedition skills, such as fire lighting, fishing and shelter building and they will also know how to make improvements to your personal paddling ability and can advise you on how to outfit yourself effectively for an expedition in a remote environment.