2022 promises to be a great year for MASKGI, with free pool sessions for our members in Portland and Waterville and our first professional development day taught by some of America’s leading sea kayak instructors. We’ll also be redesigning the website and offering some great gear discounts to our members. So, sign-up, tell a friend about MASKGI and let’s make this our best year yet!
We’ve scheduled 3 days of pool sessions at the Riverton Community Pool in 2022. Similar to last year, we will only be allowing 6 people in the pool at a time. Members get the first session free. (Additional sessions are $15 each.) The cost for non-members is $25/session
The sessions will be split up into 2 groups. 6 people from 1:00-2:30 and 6 people from 2:30-4:00. Masks are encouraged at all times except while in the pool. There are also a couple of forms to fill out before attending. For these reasons and for all of us to stay as safe as possible, please RSVP to Kyle at to secure your spot as it is a first come first serve basis. The dates are as follows:
Big thanks to Portland Paddle for sponsoring the insurance coverage for these sessions!
There was a very informative presentation, entitled Maine Island Trail Association: Updates and Opportunities, at the Fall MASKGI meeting on 13 November 2021. The presentation was given by Janet Robinson, MITA Board of Trustees Member, and Maria Jenness, MITA Midcoast Regional Stewardship Manager. A key goal of the presentation was to review initiatives to explore how MITA and guide services can development a mutual partnership to support both organizations. Through dialog and outreach in the guiding business community, MITA seeks more ways to provide value to the guiding business community and at the same time expand support for the Maine Islands among guides and their clients. MITA Presentation
The fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th at the Waldo County Technical Center in Belfast from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. If you wont be able to attend in person, but would like to attend virtually, just send us an email and we’ll send you out a meeting invite.
Up here in Maine things are finally starting to warm up. Beautiful weather expected all this week, with temps touching 80 some days. If you or someone you know is heading up to New England just remember that the water is still deadly cold. Please dress appropriately and always wear a life jacket. http://www.coldwatersafety.org/Rule2.html#rule2Case1
We’ve added 3 more pool sessions on the calendar at the Riverton Pool. Again, we will only be allowing 6 people in the pool at a time. The sessions will be split up into 2 groups. 6 people from 2:00-3:30 and 6 people from 3:30-5:00. Masks are required at all times except while in the pool. There are also a couple of forms to fill out before attending. For these reasons and for all of us to stay as safe as possible, please RSVP to Kyle at to secure your spot as it is a first come first serve basis. The dates are as follows:
State of Maine COVID-19 Prevention Checklist Industry Guidance
As the number of COVID-19 cases begins to decrease, the State of Maine is adopting a staged approach, supported by science, public health expertise and industry collaboration, to allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right.
Click here for the Guided Hunting, Fishing, Boating and Outdoor Activities checklist. This is one of many industry guidance documents for business that the State is preparing for businesses so they can be prepared to meet health guidelines and reopen safely.
As the world continues to navigate through COVID-19. There are still unanswered questions. As guides, our livelihoods depend on travel to the state of Maine. There is no definitive answer on how long the closures and travel bans will continue. Speaking of closures the pool session this Sunday is CANCELLED and the pool is closed in general until further notice.
My name is Rose Weggler, and I’m serving for my first term (2019-2020) as the volunteer President for the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors. I live in Portland, and have guided in Casco Bay, Boothbay Harbor, Muscongus Bay, and California over the years.As we kick off our membership drive for 2020 I thought I’d share where we’re headed as an organization this year.