Happy 2019 from MASKGI!

Hi all,

My name is Sam Frankel, and I’m serving for a second term (2018-2019) as the volunteer President for the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors. I live in Portland, and guide mostly in southern Casco Bay. As we kick off our membership drive for 2019 I thought I’d share where we’re headed as an organization this year.

MASKGI is a professional association for sea kayak guides in our state, and we’ve been around for a while! MASKGI’s mission statement is ever evolving, but we strive to:

  • Promote the sea kayak industry and safe recreation in the coastal environment
  • Provide skill building and professional development opportunities for Guides
  • Advocate for Guides and Outfitters with State agencies and boards

To accomplish these goals, MASKGI helps to build the community of Maine Guides and other experienced paddlers that support sea kayaking in our state. We help new Guides meet their peers and mentors, members of the public find expertise, and Outfitters have a voice with State regulators.

Here are some planned highlights for 2019:

  • Continuing our off season “pool sessions” in Portland, and working to publicize and support instructional programs in other towns;
  • Offering Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) training and certification at a subsidized rate for members in partnership with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA);
  • Sponsor seminars like practical, on-the-water weather forecasting with John Huth, author of “The Lost Art of Finding Our Way”;
  • Help members access boats and gear through “pro deals” with manufacturers;
  • Promoting training offered by instructor and outfitter members in areas like Maine Guide courses, navigation, rough water rescue and incident management, and others
  • Assisting the Coast Guard with education and outreach in situations where paddlers can help support their safety mission;
  • Helping the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife recruit experienced sea kayak guides as guide test examiners;
    • To ease the bottleneck in the number of guides who can be trained, tested and certified in time for the season.
  • Continuing our conversations with DIF&W and the Guide Board about how regulations impact sea kayaking as a profession and an industry;
  • Experiment with ways to market the sea kayaking industry to the benefit of our member Guides, instructors, and business members.

I hope this encourages you to renew your membership or join us for the first time. MASKGI memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st, although you can join anytime. Details are on our membership page, you can reach us by , or come to one of our events! We have an active Facebook group, as well as a mailing list (just get in touch and we’ll add you) and several active committees. Your MASKGI membership ties you into the paddling network in Maine, fosters the community of Guides and instructors, and supports the superior sea kayaking experience that we enjoy in our beautiful home.

Thanks for reading,

Sam Frankel

MASKGI President 2018-19

Peaks to Portland

Spring Meeting 4/21/18

Due to the Wilderness First Aid Afloat class that we’re co-sponsoring with Nanuq Kayak, we’ve moved the MASKGI Spring Meeting to Saturday, April 21st 2018. The meeting will be held from 1:0o pm to 3:00 pm at Nanuq Kayak in Portland. We’ll also set up a Zoom video conference bridge for those who would like to attend remotely. We’ve put some more details on Facebook and email as well. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Sea Kayak Compass

Plans for 2018!

Hi everyone,

My name is Sam Frankel, and I’m serving as the President of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors (MASKGI) for 2017-2018. I picked up my license in 2016 after a few years of increasingly serious sea kayaking. I took my guide course from Tidal Transit in Boothbay, and am preparing for my third season working for Portland Paddle in beautiful Casco Bay. As MASKGI prepares for our annual membership drive, I thought I’d summarize what we have planned in 2018!Continue reading

Settling in for Winter

New Board Members Elected

Congratulations to the new MASKGI Board Members elected for the 2017/2018 term:

  • President: Sam Frankel
  • Vice-President: Maria Jenness
  • Treasurer: Joe Guglielmetti
  • Secretary: Craig Shipp