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.
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);
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 anactive 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.
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 4-6, 2019
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Note: This conference was originally scheduled to take place at LL Bean in Freeport, Maine. The ACA has changed the location to Richmond, Virginia.