Fall Meeting – November 17th, 2018

We’re excited to announce that the Fall 2018 meeting is scheduled for November 17th, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm at the Ellsworth Public Library in Ellsworth Maine. 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 an Event page that we’ll share by email as well, and will update the event page and this News article as we finalize the agenda. Save the date, we hope to see you there!

USCG Visual Safety Checks

As follow up to a discussion topic at last fall’s MASKGI meeting, the USCG Visual Safety Check (VSC) checklist can be viewed at the link below:



Starting last season, the USCG has been performing “boardings” of kayak groups as part of their paddle safety initiative. These encounters appeared to more common in the Casco Bay and MDI areas. It was noted at last fall’s meeting that technically each kayak is its own craft, so boarding officers may have been trying to gather information for each kayak and paddler, rather than for the group from the lead guide. Also, it is important to note that each kayak in a group must meet minimum USCG requirements. The VSC checklist is included here, so guides can assess the type and level of information that may be requested by a boarding officer.




Criminal History Records Check

Information on Criminal History Records Check for Registered Maine Guides

As of 1 November 2017, there is a new requirement for first-time applicants to become Registered Maine Guides and renewing Registered Maine Guides. First-time applicants and renewing guides will be required to pass a criminal history records check, conducted by the Maine Warden Service. This requirement is summarized in a memorandum, issued on 21 September 2017, by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) below:



Information to become a Maine Guide, which includes references to these criminal history records checks, can be found on the IF&W website at:



Frequency asked questions (FAQs) that in part address several issues for new-guide applicants, concerning these checks can be found on the IF&W website at:



FAQs that a in part address several issues for guide renewing-guide applicants, concerning these checks can be found on the IF&W website at: