Assistant Overnight Guide (AOG)

This course is delivered and instructed by Gabriola Sea Kayaking. The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia’s AOG course is designed for aspiring guides with intermediate paddling skills seeking to increase their skills and knowledge of sea kayaking, assist guiding overnight groups in Class II and III waters and lead groups in Class I waters.

*Note: the AOG is a required certification for those planning on working in the sea kayak leadership sector in BC. It is not a recreational course, or required for those working outside of BC. Please only apply to this program if you require the certification within the next year to qualify for work opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

Registration links will be sent out to eligible participants only. If you have any questions regarding registration, please email:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Must be a Canadian citizen, have a Permanent Residency, Student Visa or Work Visa.
  3. You have completed the Essentials Sea Kayak Journey in BC or Nova Scotia OR the Essentials Coastal Canoe Journey
    • OR you have equivalent certification, skills or experience in sea kayaking. Please contact admissions outlining your experience (provide a log of trips, courses, trainings and personal experience).
  4. Must have current or future professional goals which require this certification to work as an outdoor instructor or guide within the next year.
  5. Successful applications will be notified by an email. Please note we require at least three weeks notice if you are unable to attend.
  6. Preference will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

June 15-23, 2024



  • Books and course materials
  • Course fee
  • AOG certification (upon successful completion of exams and skill demonstration)
  • All instruction
  • Kayaks, paddles, PFDs and safety gear
  • Flares, radios and first aid kits
  • Wetsuit and helmet
  • Camping permits
  • Transportation to and from course locations
  • Personal camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, eating utensils, compass)
  • Food and stove
  • Clothing and toiletries


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