2022 Membership Drive.

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!

2022 Membership Application

 

MASKGI pool session with Portland Paddle

2022 Portland Pool Sessions

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:
January 9th
February 20th
April 24th
Big thanks to Portland Paddle for sponsoring the insurance coverage for these sessions!
Maine Island Trail Association logo

MITA Presentation at Fall Members Meeting

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

People Meeting

Fall Member Meeting Scheduled for November 13th

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.

Cold Water Safety

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

MASKGI Pool Session January 2020

Additional Pool Sessions for 2021

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:
March 28th
April 11th
May 16th
Maine Greenland Kayak Festival

New MASKGI Officers for 2020-2021

A huge thank you to our outgoing officers:
Joe Gugliemetti - Treasurer
Liz Johnson - Webmaster

Here are the new and returning officers, approved at the Fall Members Meeting:
Rose Weggler - President
Nancy Zane - Vice President
Kyle Martin - Treasurer
Craig Shipp - Secretary
Dan Cahalane - Webmaster
Seagulls dance at Spar Cove
Kayakers by Ram Light

Maine Covid-19 Industry Guidelines

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.

In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with requirements of these checklists by filling out this short online form.

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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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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