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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

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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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)

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Wilderness First Aid Afloat

Gain the skills you need to care for people in remote locations. This fun, fast-moving course utilizes classroom sessions, practice sessions and outdoor scenarios.

Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) contains all the same information included in the SOLO Wilderness First Aid course (Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies). It also includes additional topics specifically designed for boaters including: sea sickness, marine bites and stings, injuries that are more common in marine environments, and environment specific rescue scenarios.

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Kayakers practicing in a swimming pool

February Pool Sessions

Bring long kayaks. Bring short kayaks. Bring paddle boards. These sessions are informal. Show up with enough time to rinse your boat/board and self before taking a plunge.

Sunday, February 10th from 2-4 PM
Sunday, February 24th from 2-4 PM

Riverton Pool, Portland

Members: $20
Non-members: $30 (You can join or renew onsite!)

Need to borrow boats/boards/other gear? Need to carpool? Need basic instruction? Let us know and we may be able to organize things for you!

If you don't like using computers you can call or text me, Joe, at (207) 317 6192 to respond or get more information.

March dates to come later....

Let us know if you plan to come to a session! See you soon paddle people!

-Your Treasurer, Joe