House Island from the Ferry

Letter to MASKGI Members

MASKGI members,

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.

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Wilderness First Aid Afloat

Co-sponsored by MASKGI and MITA

When: Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 April 2020, from 0800 to 1600 on each day

Where: Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farms Road, Wells, ME 04090, (207) 646-1555

What: Course includes: materials for practice scenarios, snacks, hot drinks, WFAA book, WFAA map, 2-year certification and instruction.

Registration and Cost: $150/person (MASKGI members receive a discount of $35). To register please contact Nancy Zane at to receive a coupon code and registration link. MASKGI members get the special subsidized rate of $150.00.

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Rescue practice, Baja-style

Spring 2020 Meeting

Date: Saturday, May 16

Time: 12 - 4 pm

Place: MITA Office, 100 Kensington St, Portland, ME 04103 (To be confirmed.)

We'll begin with lunch - pizza provided by MASKGI. Business meeting afterwards from 1 - 3, followed by presentations from 3 - 4.

Agenda will be posted soon!

Kayakers practicing in a swimming pool

Pool Sessions for Winter 2020


MASKGI offers Sunday pool sessions to members and non-members. These sessions are a great chance to practice rescues and rolling in warm water!

Dates: January 26, February 9, March 8 and 22

Time: 2 – 4 pm

Location: Riverton Pool, Portland

Cost: FREE for MASKGI members; $25 for non-members*

*Join MASKGI on-site!

We will also be co-sponsoring pool sessions with Portland Paddle. More info here.


Machigonne II crossing the Bay

Message from MASKGI’s President

Hi all,

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.

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Maine Greenland Kayak Festival

New MASKGI Officers for 2019-2020

A huge thank you to our outgoing officers:
Sam Frankel - President
John Anderson - Vice President

Here are the new and returning officers, approved at the Fall Members Meeting:
Rose Weggler - President
Nancy Zane - Vice President
Joe Guglielmetti - Treasurer
Craig Shipp - Secretary
Liz Johnson - Webmaster
Seagulls dance at Spar Cove

Fall 2019 Meeting Agenda

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Place: Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Room 308, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Time: 2pm-4pm


Treasury and Membership Report

  • Report

Review of Activities and Programs

  • Professional Development
    • Pool Sessions
    • Weather Seminars
    • WFAA
    • End of Season Debriefs
    • Job circulation
    • Pro deals
  • Boating Safety
    • Wicked Good Festival
  • Professional Regulation
    • Spring testing
    • Sea kayak guide examiners
  • Other
    • General information / connection

Presentation about Community Program (by Cariño Higgins)

Election of New Officers

  • Review of nominations
  • Voting

Future of MASKGI / Direction for New Officers

  • Pursue partnerships
    • Guide Board (existing)
      • (Professional Regulation)
    • National Boating Safety (due for renewal)
      • (Safe Boating)
    • Maine Island Trail Association (reached out)
    • Maine Outdoor Brands (reached out)
      • (Marketing / Research)
  • Future Activities
    • Survey for professional / regulation goals?
  • Future Programs
    • What benefits our community and uses some funds?


Joseph Guglielmetti is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MASKGI 2019 Fall Meeting
Time: Nov 2, 2019 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 991 890 860

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