Safety First

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.

Quadra Island Kayaks has maintained a 100 percent accident-free safety record since we opened in 1997.


"Our two day trip with you exceeded our expectations from every angle. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and a great cook! The scenery and unexpected bonuses like kayaking near dolphins, phosphorescence and sea life spotting were magical! We're already thinking about coming back."


Michelle Cederberg


"The guides, the buffet lunch, not to mention being surrounded by the dolphins.....the highlight of our trip to Vancouver Island."

Pat and Doug Rodgers, Ny, Ny


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