Pinniped Kayak was established by Nate Hanson to offer creative and student-centered sea kayak instruction to paddlers in eastern Maine's superb coastal venues. 

We love kayaking, and we want to enable more paddlers to safely explore and enjoy the outstanding ocean kayaking venues our region is known for.  Whether you aspire to enjoy quiet island sunsets, confidently lead a group of day paddlers, or surf the biggest tidal races in Maine, we want to help you realize your goals safely, knowledgeably, and with a giant grin on your face.

View our SCHEDULE of Courses,
or Contact Us and We'll Create a custom course just for you.


Below are a selection of our upcoming events.  For the full list, please view our Schedule.  To see all courses in a specific category, click one of the blue headings below.

Pinniped (meaning fin-footed) is the name given to the group of marine mammals that includes seals, sea lions, and walruses. In the Gulf of Maine the Harbor Seal and Grey Seal are our companions almost any time we climb in a kayak. These amphibious creatures, more at home in the water than they are on land, seem like good namesakes to me - a kayaker striving for finesse in the water.
— Nate
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If you'd like to inquire about a course on our schedule, or one you'd like us to offer, please click Contact Us.