The following MASKGI business members are offering these Sea Kayaking Guide training courses for the 2019 season:
Alice's Awesome Adventures, LLC | Brunswick, Maine | 207-729-6333
Call for details.
Personalized customized Registered Maine Guide preparation training using your skills and knowledge as your base. This is not a generalized program, but one tailored to your particular needs and background, focused on the guiding specialty in which you are seeking to take the tests. Training can be done in person or in a combination of online work and contact training based on your schedule.
Castine Kayak Adventures | Castine, Maine | 207-866-3506
Course Dates: May 23-27: 2 full days 9am-5pm; last 3 days overnight camping trip.
This in-depth course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides, fresh water guides and kayaking leaders, and intermediate kayakers with essential skills necessary to teach kayaking, identify potential hazards, make informed decisions, plan trips and manage groups on the waters of Maine and beyond! This course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides for IFW test and licensing. Topics include: Navigation, essential equipment and its uses, trip planning, group management, wind, waves and weather dynamics, marine environment and rescue strategies.
Maine Kayak | New Harbor, Maine | 207-677-3455
Course Dates: May 17th – 19th & May 24th – 26th.
Maine Kayak offers a Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guide Course for participants who are looking to lead sea kayaking day trips and overnight trips in the State of Maine.
Our course will cover a variety of topics, including risk management, group dynamics, navigation, safety, outfitting, Maine coastal flora and fauna, leave no trace ethics and other subjects that will help you to prepare for the Registered Maine Guide exam. We will spend time in the classroom with powerpoint presentations, on water practical paddles and oral preparation exam.
Pinniped Kayak | Ellsworth, Maine | 207-669-2174
Leadership and Guide Training, ACA L2 Trip Leader – Stonington
Course Dates: May 24-27; 8:30am-4pm each day, an overnight island camping trip during the last two days.
Maine Sea Kayak Guide Exam Preparation – Ellsworth
Course Dates: May 28; 9am-4pm.
What will you do in a squall? How quickly can you react to a capsize in rough conditions? Can you deal with a medical emergency on the water?
The instructors' philosophy of preparedness is that you only know what you can do in an emergency because you have actually practiced it. This course will focus on performing rescues in difficult conditions, dealing with simulated emergencies that can arise on the water, and generally helping leaders who are responsible for others to ensure that they are as prepared as they can be to protect the paddlers int their groups.
Topics may include rough water rescues, difficult landings situations, weather management, emergency communications, hypothermia, and other issues that sea kayakguigdes in Maine are most likely to encounter.
Participants must be familiar with rescues and towing techniques. We will be in the water, so dress for immersion in 50 degree water. Please provide you own equipment.
The course is specifically focused in skill building for Maine Sea Kayak Guides, so is specially priced at $35 for MASKGI members.
Portland Paddle | Portland, Maine | 207-370-1496
Course Dates: Two consecutive weekends: May 11-12 and 18-19; 8am-5:15pm each day.
This intensive 4-day course is designed to prepare students for the state testing process involved in becoming a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide.
We will spend roughly half the course indoors in a classroom setting and the other half outdoors, mainly on the water. On the last day of the course we will schedule a mock exam in the weeks following for any student who wants one in preparation for the state-administered exam. Portland Paddle can provide kayaks and paddling gear for students to use during the course or they can provide their own.