Professional Development

MASKGI is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising professional standards for those guiding and teaching sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the coast of Maine. In accordance with our mission, we offer programs for guides, instructors, and the sea kayaking public.

MASKGI Pool Sessions
  • Where: Riverton Pool, Portland
  • Date: January 26 and February 9, 2020
  • Time: 2 - 4 pm
  • How Much: FREE for MASKGI members; $25 non-members

*Also see our joint pool sessions with Portland Paddle.

MASKGI pool session with Portland Paddle
MASKGI Pool Sessions with Portland Paddle

Riverton Community Center in Portland

January 19, 2020
February 16, 2020

Rolling Class: 9:30am-11:30am
Open Session: 12:00-2:00pm

Portland Paddle is partnering with MASKGI to offer two open pool sessions this winter FREE for members.

We are offering two options this year: 1) A 2-hour class on learning to roll a kayak taught by one of our most experienced instructors. 2) A 2-hour open session for paddlers; instructors will be present to offer tips and support, but there is no structured course for this session.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early for your session. Drive down the fire lane and unload your boat near the pool doors behind the basketball courts. Someone will open the pool doors so you can carry your boat inside. Please make sure your boat is thoroughly cleaned of debris before you place it in the pool.

Advance registration is required; please click here for more info and to sign up.


Business member LLBean is offering the following courses in 2020:

  • Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide Preparation Course. Information can be found here.
  • Wilderness First-Aid and Instructor Certification Courses. Information can be found here.
Sea kayak rescue practice


North Star Adventures On-Water Scenarios

MASKGI business member North Star Adventures LLC has a calendar of Wilderness First Aid / Wilderness First Responder courses up for the off season (November to May) with discounts for guides!

"On Water Medical Scenarios & Emergency Management" is among the offerings particularly suited to sea kayak guides, and is scheduled for May 23, 2020.


John Huth's online course with Harvard University:

Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather

Learn to forecast the weather just by looking out your window.

What you'll learn:
  • The role of air, water, and wind in weather systems.
  • How to estimate local wind speed and direction.
  • How to avoid being struck by lightning.
  • How to identify cloud types and features.
  • How to describe the attributes of thunderstorms and tornadoes.
  • How to collect and interpret data and observations to predict the next day’s weather.