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.

SeE our Current SCHEDULE of Courses.  Contact Us for custom requests, or to join our E-Mail list (receive a handful of updates per year).


About once a month, a Pinniped Instructor will offer a local journey, with some "light instruction", as an opportunity for our students to practice the skills they've learned in classes, and paddle in areas that they aren't comfortable exploring on their own just yet.   Cost is only $45, and participants provide their own equipment.  

This years dates:

  • Stay tuned for 2019 dates.

 Contact us to request occasional emails about local paddling opportunities.  (Read more about the guided group paddles here.)  

2018 Courses  

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.