SOLO WFAA Course

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

Happy 2019 from MASKGI!

Hi all,

My name is Sam Frankel, and I’m serving for a second term (2018-2019) as the volunteer President for the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors. I live in Portland, and guide mostly in southern Casco Bay. As we kick off our membership drive for 2019 I thought I’d share where we’re headed as an organization this year.

MASKGI is a professional association for sea kayak guides in our state, and we’ve been around for a while! MASKGI’s mission statement is ever evolving, but we strive to:

  • Promote the sea kayak industry and safe recreation in the coastal environment
  • Provide skill building and professional development opportunities for Guides
  • Advocate for Guides and Outfitters with State agencies and boards

To accomplish these goals, MASKGI helps to build the community of Maine Guides and other experienced paddlers that support sea kayaking in our state. We help new Guides meet their peers and mentors, members of the public find expertise, and Outfitters have a voice with State regulators.

Here are some planned highlights for 2019:

  • Continuing our off season “pool sessions” in Portland, and working to publicize and support instructional programs in other towns;
  • Offering Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) training and certification at a subsidized rate for members in partnership with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA);
  • Sponsor seminars like practical, on-the-water weather forecasting with John Huth, author of “The Lost Art of Finding Our Way”;
  • Help members access boats and gear through “pro deals” with manufacturers;
  • Promoting training offered by instructor and outfitter members in areas like Maine Guide courses, navigation, rough water rescue and incident management, and others
  • Assisting the Coast Guard with education and outreach in situations where paddlers can help support their safety mission;
  • Helping the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife recruit experienced sea kayak guides as guide test examiners;
    • To ease the bottleneck in the number of guides who can be trained, tested and certified in time for the season.
  • Continuing our conversations with DIF&W and the Guide Board about how regulations impact sea kayaking as a profession and an industry;
  • Experiment with ways to market the sea kayaking industry to the benefit of our member Guides, instructors, and business members.

I hope this encourages you to renew your membership or join us for the first time. MASKGI memberships run the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st, although you can join anytime. Details are on our membership page, you can reach us by , or come to one of our events! We have an active Facebook group, as well as a mailing list (just get in touch and we’ll add you) and several active committees. Your MASKGI membership ties you into the paddling network in Maine, fosters the community of Guides and instructors, and supports the superior sea kayaking experience that we enjoy in our beautiful home.

Thanks for reading,

Sam Frankel

MASKGI President 2018-19

ACA IT Conference 2019

ACA Instructor Trainer Conference 2019

Purpose: To provide currently certified Instructor Trainers and Instructor Trainer Educators, and those aspiring to become ITs and ITEs, with a professional development opportunity specific to being an IT or ITE.  IT Updates will be available.

Date: October 10-13, 2019

Location: Freeport, ME

Host: L.L. Bean

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kayaker paddling in a swimming pool

Pool Sessions

Cool Sessions!

It's cold outside!

Want to wet exit winter? Paddle board stance shaky? Need to get your bomber-combat-ninja roll? Longing for paddle friends?

Be cool, do it in the pool!

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Criminal History Records Check

Information on Criminal History Records Check for Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides

As of November 1, 2017, there is a new requirement for first-time Guide applicants and renewing  Guides to pass a criminal history records check, conducted by the Maine Warden Service. This requirement is summarized in a memorandum, issued on September 21, 2017, by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W.)

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