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.

Expand your Weather knowledge with John Huth.

Join us for John's special presentation, Weather on the Run.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 2-4 pm, Nanuq Kayaking, Portland, Maine.

John's talk will emphasize short space-time weather events that are important to recognize, like squalls and afternoon thunderstorms. In John's words, "The main thing is to be able to interpret weather signs on your own."


Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA): an approved United State Coast Guard Wilderness First Aid course.

Nancy Zane of North Star Adventures is again offering this excellent course at a reduced rate to MASKGI and MITA members.

When: Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Where: Maine Island Trail Association, 100 Kensington Street, 2nd Floor, Portland, Maine 04103

This is an incredible course! Not only will you gain the skills you need to care for people in a remote location.  But, you will have a fantastic time…it is fun and fast-moving.

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.

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

Tentative Agenda