Guided Group Paddles - Applying skills, and building a paddling community.


Hello Local Paddlers,

Becoming a better paddler involves the right instruction, but also plenty of time on the water.  This year I'd like to help provide more opportunities for local students to get out on the water and practice their skills, outside of the formal training environment, so some of the Pinniped Kayak assistant instructors will be running Guided Practice Paddles throughout the summer.  (Let me know if you have a better name for these!)

These outings will be facilitated by an ACA instructor, who can offer paddling tips and guidance, and generally help the group have a safe, productive and well-organized time on the water.  In addition to skills-development, we'd like to help build the paddling community in our area;  we hope that these outings will allow you to connect with like-minded paddlers, and spin-off your own group outings in the area. 

Gordo Wissinger (ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor, Registered Maine Guide), will be running our first two Guided Practice Paddles in the Mount Desert Island area on Sat June 17, from 1 - 5 pm, and Sat July 1, from 9 am - 1 pm.  (2017 Dates, for current GGP dates, see our front page.)  The locations will be determined based on conditions, and shared a couple days before the trip.  The cost is $45 per person.  (To keep this simple and affordable, we'd prefer that people provide their own equipment, and pay cash or check at the put-in please.  If you are in a bind with gear, perhaps we can work something out for you.)

These first paddles will be fairly low key - perhaps 6-8 miles at 2.5 - 3 knots, and keeping to fairly protected waters.  If there is interest in longer or more adventuresome trips in the future we can consider that as we add more dates.

Contact me by phone or email with questions, and if you'd like to register you can do so on the Pinniped website.

See you on the water!


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