Nate Hanson

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Nate Hanson's enthusiasm for kayaking is hard to hide. With an encouraging teaching style, Nate enjoys helping students discover new possibilities in a sea kayak, working with each individual to attain his or her own personal paddling goals - whether that's surfing a tide race, or simply getting into a boat without tipping over. Nate is an ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer, ACA L3 River Kayak Instructor, BCU 4-Star Sea Leader, and has traveled to Scotland to train at the BCU 5-Star level.  He is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WMA).  He has served as an instructor at the Bay Of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium, and the Downeast Sea Kayak Symposium.  Nate is proud to be a Regional Ambassador for Kokatat.

Michael Daugherty


Michael Daugherty paddles as much for the distractions along the way as the destination. An ACA L4 instructor and registered Maine Guide, he loves the challenges of surf, rocks and currents, but he’s just as happy seeing where a winding creek leads or just finding a pretty spot for lunch. He’s documented his paddling journey in a blog, magazine articles and a guidebook: AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England.

Rebecca Daugherty

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Rebecca Daugherty, an artist, was first drawn to the stunning scenery one could see from the cockpit, but eventually grew to love the feel of handling a kayak in more dynamic conditions. An ACA L3 instructor and registered Maine Guide, she’s a patient teacher who loves helping paddlers acquire skills and confidence on the water. She’s also an ACA L1 canoe instructor.

Mark Schoon

Mark has an extensive expedition paddling resume, including an epic journey from Gotenburg, Sweden, all the way up along the Norwegian coast and around Nordkapp, a world heritage site and famous headland jutting into the Arctic Ocean; the last 750 nautical miles mostly above the Arctic Circle were done solo.  He has also paddled the coast of Maine from Kittery to Canada, and has paddled extensively along the Atlantic coast, in California and the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Wales, Scotland and the Gulf of Mexico. He has taught at kayaking symposiums throughout the United States and for a decade was co-owner of Carpe Diem Kayaking. A Registered Maine Guide and a former ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor, BCU 5 Star Sea Leader and BCU Level 4 Coach, he took a brief hiatus from paddling but is excited to return to guiding and coaching.