Go with a Guide
For your safety and enjoyment when paddling the coast of Maine.
We welcome Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides from Maine and other states, and non-guides who would like to be involved.
Become a Maine Guide
Maine Guides were first licensed in 1897. There are now approximately 4,000 licensed Maine Guides.
Welcome to the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors
The rocky, forest-lined shores of Maine offer kayakers a dream come true. With more coastline than California (over 3,400 miles), you will find innumerable bays, coves, inlets, and beaches to explore. Our waters provide a challenging paddling environment, with frigid temperatures even in the summer, fog, huge tidal ranges, and pronounced ocean currents. Whether you're a Mainer or a visitor: for your safety and enjoyment when paddling the coast of Maine, plan to use a knowledgeable Outfitter or Guide. Use our Resources to help plan your trip.
Maine Sea Kayaking Guide Courses 2020
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MANY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE PROGRAM ORGANIZER FOR THE MOST RECENT UPDATES.
Alice's Awesome Adventures, Brunswick 207-729-6333
- Customized Registered Maine Guide Training - Call for details.
Castine Kayak Adventures, Castine 207-866-3506
2020 Spring Training Session: Comprehensive 65 hour hands-on course!
Dates & Locations:
May 15-17, Fri-Sun 9-5: Rescue Skills, On-water Skills, Navigation Intensive. Castine, Maine.
May 18 & 19: Camping weekend Practical: Real life skills training on the water. Downeast Maine.
May 30: SOLO on Water Medical Scenarios.
May 31: Testing Review, Mock Orals.
Price: $565 (REGISTER at castinekayak.com)
- Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide Preparation Course - Course meeting days and times: Friday April 17, 2020 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday April 18, 2020 9:00-5:00, Sunday April 19, 2020 9:00-5:00, Friday April 24, 2020 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday April 25, 2020 9:00-5:00, Sunday April 26, 2020 9:00-5:00.
Maine Kayak, New Harbor 207-677-3455
- Sea Kayaking Guide Course - May 8-10 and 15-17, 2020.
Portland Paddle, Portland 207-370-9730
- Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training - May 2-3 and 9-10, 2020. 8:00-5:15 each day.
Photo credit: Portland Paddle.