ISKGA Coastal Guide course

We will hold the entire ISKGA Coastal Guide course in Lofoten, Norway, summer 2020.

The islands of Vestvågøy and Moskenes is where most of the course will be held.

Dates: 1 – 31 July 2020.

Price: 2300 GBP or 25000 NOK

A deposit of 500 GBP or 5500 NOK is to be paid when signing up. The rest is to be paid 15 January 2020.

Head coaches: Jeff Allen and Kristoffer Vandbakk

Information about ISKGA:

Sign up and questions can be sent to

This will be a unique opportunity for guides and coaches in the industry to attain the ISKGA Coastal Guide certificate. Lofoten offers remote areas, tide races, caves, rock gardens and surf beaches. A systematic approach to leadership in these environments will explored.

Apart from week one, Marine First Responder, the entire course will be held outdoors. We will be moving from venue to venue, camping in the wild.

It will be possible to participate on specific modules if you, for some reason, prefer not to attend all modules.

Hold a Sea Proficiency level award in a relevant National Governing Body or be at ISKGA Fundamentals level 3.
Health Check (Doctor’s examination).
Need to be able to swim 800 meters, run five miles in under an hour, paddle a minimum of 20 nautical miles in under 5 hours.
Hold a current first aid certificate

Kit List:
Sea Kayak suitable to guide and train from
Paddle’s x 2
Knife (one handed operating)
Dry Suit & Wet suit
Neoprene Boots, hood & Gloves
Storm Cag
Thermal Base Layers
Towline & Throw line or Throw-tow, Deck tow
Dry Bags

Navigation Equipment:
Maps & Charts of area
Compass Deck & hand held
Note Pad
Map Case
Torch (Red Light)

Camping Equipment:
Foldable back pack (Day Sack)
Sleeping Mat
Sleeping Bag
Bivvy Bag
Camping stove
Cooking pan (Hanging type)
Wooden/plastic serving SpoonBowl
Knife, fork & spoon
Thermos flask
Water Filtration bag
Water Bladders/dromedary bags two 5 liter bags plus 2 1 liter bottles Ikea/net bags


Sun glasses
Wash kit
Note book

Expedition Skills:
Camp Knife
Folding saw / Camp Axe / machete
Fire steel
Netting Bag
Water Bags
Cordage (minimum of 20 meters of cordage, various diameters)
Plant identification booklet
Fishing line, lead weight & Mackerel Hooks
Cotton wool

Camp Trousers
Walking Boots/shoes/Wellies
Puffer Jacket
Thermals x2 (top and bottom)
Gloves x 2 (Thin gloves and mittens)
Hat (sun and wooly)
Socks x 3
Waterproof Jacket & Trousers

VHF, Garmin In reach/EPIRB/SPOT
Mobile Phone


A minimum of 7 dehydrated main meal & Breakfast food packs
Seven Days of fresh food stores
Energy Food & nutrient drink powders.

First Aid:
Personal medications and first aid kit
Sun screen

Terms for payments: If you cancel your participation more than 90 days before the program begins, a full refund will be given. If canceled between 89 and 30 days before the start of the program, 50 percent will be refunded. If canceled less than 30 days before the start of the program, no refund will be given. If a deposit has been paid, the deposit will in any case not be repaid if you cancel your participation.

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