Safety is a vital part of every Quadra Island Kayaks tour. Our guides are certified with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia and are trained in Wilderness First Aid, as well as marine radio operation protocols. While on the water, guides have an array of guiding gear with them including: a first aid kit, VHF marine radio, charts, towing equipment, emergency procedure plans, extra clothing, spare sunscreen and sometimes even chocolate!
Before leaving the dock, we do a mini-kayak lesson where everybody (first timers or not) review the basic safety procedures, group travel plan and paddling skills. We go over the equipment (pump, throw bag, spray skirt), how to stay stable, paddle strokes, and what to do just in case of a capsize. Your guides will go over on the water safety information and also talk about the importance of sticking together out there (did we forget to mention staying out of the way of the Cortes Island Ferry)!?
With over fifteen years of local experience guiding people around this paddling area we have gotten to know our backyard very well. During our season we check the weather repeatedly throughout the day and make sure that the conditions are comfortable for paddling. Many of our guides are long time QIK paddlers who return year after year. From beginning to end, rest assured that you are in good hands.