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March 2017

Marine Weather Forecasting with Paul Cousins

March 11, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Nanuq Kayaking, Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial St
Portland, ME United States
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Thunderhead cloud over the sea

Practical Marine Weather a special presentation by Meteorologist Paul Cousins sponsored by MASKGI Learn how to recognize early signs of changing weather and how to anticipate storms, squalls, fog, and wind shifts. You can check the forecast before you leave, but it might be hours old and doesn't necessarily reflect the conditions in your area. Familiarize yourself with basic weather elements to understand how they will affect your boating experience. The Elements of Weather - Air masses, high & low…

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April 2017

Weather by the Seat of Your Pants

April 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
person crouched on rocky beach watching the waves

Presented by John Huth SATURDAY, APRIL 8th  1:00 - 4:30  NANUQ KAYAKING  Portland, Maine You can improve your ability to read the weather through an understanding of the physical processes driving weather systems when coupled with observations. Although this shouldn't negate the need for prudence in checking NOAA radio etc, it can help you fine tune forecasts for local conditions and enhance the experience on the water. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Reservations liz@maineislandkayak.com. John Huth is Donner Professor…

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WERU Radio Talk

April 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tune into WERU from 10-11 am on Friday, April 28th, for a talk on early season paddling safety. Many thanks to member Natalie Springuel for inviting MASKGI to be on the show, Coastal Conversations, which she hosts.

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Spring 2017 Members Meeting

April 29, 2017
Wave catching up with sea kayaker

Semi-Annual Meeting The spring meeting will be Saturday, April 29th at Yarmouth Public Library, starting at 10 am, in the Lewis Hall meeting space. We should be able to cover all the agenda items before noon, when pizza will be provided. We hope to have as many folks there as we can for an engaging discussion, please let us know if you plan to attend. For those who cannot make it in person, there will be an option to call in…

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May 2017

USCG Paddlecraft Safety “Media Day”

May 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
USCG Sector Northern New England, 259 High Street, South Portland, ME 04106, 259 High Street
South Portland, ME 04106 United States
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USCG Sector Northen New England

  COAST GUARD TO HOST PADDLECRAFT SAFETY “MEDIA DAY” SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — In an effort to increase recreational boating safety awareness in northern New England and reduce the recent spike in paddlecraft related deaths, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England will host a "Paddlecraft Safety Media Day” specifically tailored for local media outlets. The Coast Guard has confirmed that State Boating Law Administrators and other stakeholders will be present.  Elected officials have also been invited.  Unique components of the…

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September 2017

September Conference Call

September 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kayaks in Cornwall

At the spring member meeting we decided to hold remote conference calls in between each of the in-person spring and fall meetings. Because we are already into the prime busy season for most guides and outfitters, and since there aren't pressing issues to discuss, we will wait until after Labor Day for the conference call. If you would like to participate in the call, please mark your calendars for September 12th from 7-8 pm, and stay tuned for call in details…

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November 2017

Wilderness Risk Management Conference

November 1, 2017 - November 3, 2017

Practical Solutions for Challenging Issues The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum to learn and share common practices in wilderness risk management, and to contribute to a culture of open dialogue among educators, leaders, administrators, students, and other members of the outdoor industry. The…

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Fall Members Meeting

November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Launching at Dolphin Marina

The Fall Members Meeting will be Saturday, November 4th, 10 am - 12 pm in the conference room at the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth (directions here). There will be a remote option for those who are unable to participate in person- to join the Zoom video conference use this link; the meeting ID is 274-500-593. Agenda items include: - Election of officers- nominations so far are: President- Sam Frankel (also willing to be VP or Secretary instead) Vice-President- Maria Jenness (also willing to be…

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April 2018

MASKGI Spring Meeting 4/21

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nanuq Kayaking, Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial St
Portland, ME United States
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Bates College geology class on Yarmouth Island

The MASKGI Spring Meeting will be held on 4/21 at Nanuq Kayak on the waterfront in Portland, Maine. We'll distribute an agenda shortly, but we're looking forward to talking about training programs (pool sessions, WFAA, incident management) and new pro deals, any relevant Guide Board issues coming up on training season, and marketing opportunities for guides. If you're interested in speaking on any topic related to guiding or outfitting, get in touch! We'll hold the meeting at Nanuq Kayak, and…

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Wilderness First Aid Afloat in April

April 28 - April 29
Nanuq Kayaking, Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial St
Portland, ME United States
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Course Description This SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) is being jointly sponsored by Nanuq Kayaks of Portland and MASKGI for their patrons/members and is specifically targeting participants engaged in paddle sports. This course contains all the same information included in the SOLO Wilderness First Aid course except for altitude illness. It also includes additional topics that are of specific interest to paddlers, such as sea sickness, marine bites and stings, and some types of injuries that are more common…

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