Experience Required to Rent a Sea Kayak in Telegraph Cove
- All sea kayak rentals require proof of skills. If you cannot provide detailed written proof of your skills, please do not expect us to provide you a kayak.
- Our water is cold – 8°C (46°F)
- Landing beaches are few and far between
- Wind, fog and tidal currents are frequent
- There is no ‘walk-out’ access
- Coast guard rescue can be over an hour away
- It is your responsibility to prove you comply with these requirements.
- Get trained before you get here!
North Island Kayak is proud to rent sea kayaks to enable guests to enjoy this area at their own pace. However, due to the conditions we experience on the remote, cold waters of Northern Vancouver Island, North Island Kayak will only rent kayaks to suitably experienced kayakers.
The shoreline of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago is classified as Class II waters, while the crossing of Johnstone Strait or the whole of Queen Charlotte Strait are classifed as Class III waters. This is not the lake at your cottage, the local river or even most coastlines. As such, if you cannot prove to us that you have the skills, we will not rent you kayaks. In addition to being common sense, this is a liability Insurance requirement. We will not make an exception for you.
Take a look at this SKGABC map of Sea Kayak Water Class.
The following gives a few guidelines as to what we have identified as the bare minimum of training you should have undertaken. You will also have recently practiced self-rescue techniques in rough water. If you do not meet these, we will not rent you kayaks.
To paddle Johnstone Strait, to or from the Broughton Archipelago, or the Gods Pocket area
At least one occupant of each kayak must have certification to the following levels. In addition to the below requirements, at least one member of your group must of undertaken open water training.
- Acceptable documentation -
- A minimum of Paddle Canada Level 2, or
- A minimum of US ACA Level 4, or
- A minimum of UK BCU 3 Star Sea Kayaking endorsement.
- For both the US & UK qualifications, additional work on tides & currents needs to be undertaken in order to deal with our tidal currents.
- Certificated training showing equivalent skills.