Open Water Coastal Skills - Bar Harbor, ME
Sep
6
9:00am 9:00am

Open Water Coastal Skills - Bar Harbor, ME

Spend a day refining your abilities to maneuver effectively and efficiently, safely identify ocean play spots, and manage yourself and a group in a variety of coastal venues.  Nate Hanson and guest coach Carl Ladd, of Osprey Sea Kayak, will work with improving and more advanced paddlers, meeting each individual where they are, providing responsive, personalized instruction. 

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ACA Level 3 Trip Leader Training/Assessment - Ellsworth, ME
Sep
11
to Sep 13

ACA Level 3 Trip Leader Training/Assessment - Ellsworth, ME

The Level 3 Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Award is a new program being offered by the ACA.  During this 3-day combined training and assessment, candidates will be exposed to concepts and techniques for safely managing a group of sea kayakers while exploring tidal coastal environments.  Successful candidates will develop and demonstrate skills to properly plan trips, choose venues, assess a group's abilities, manage play, and resolve problems that arise in ACA L3 Coastal Kayaking conditions.  Click on course title for more information.

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4 Day Journey - Downeast Coast
Sep
21
to Sep 25

4 Day Journey - Downeast Coast

  • Roque Bluffs State Park (map)
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During this 4-day sea kayak journey, we'll work together to refine the skills required for multi-day kayak touring in an exposed coastal environment.  At the intersection of significant tidal flows from the inland bays and the powerful Bay of Fundy to the northeast, this area presents amazing beauty but also considerable challenges, and the goals of our trip will be to develop the skills required to safely plan and execute journeys to such remote and exposed destinations.   Click on course title for complete details.

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3-day Paddler Development Intensive
Oct
28
to Oct 30

3-day Paddler Development Intensive

Three days of comprehensive skills development for competent ocean paddlers who are looking for new challenges.  Each day we will choose a venue based on conditions, to make the most of the learning opportunities that surround Mount Desert Island.  Paddling environments will likely include reversing falls, coastal tide-races and rock gardens.

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2-Day Paddler Development - Sullivan Falls/MDI Area, ME
Aug
14
to Aug 15

2-Day Paddler Development - Sullivan Falls/MDI Area, ME

Two days of comprehensive skills development for improving paddlers who are looking for new challenges.  Each day we will choose a venue based on conditions, to make the most of the learning opportunities that surround Mount Desert Island.  Paddling environments will likely include reversing falls on one day, and coastal islands/rocky environments another day. Click on course title for more details.

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3 Day Journey (FULL) - Jericho Bay and Marshall Island
Aug
1
to Aug 3

3 Day Journey (FULL) - Jericho Bay and Marshall Island

During this 3-day sea kayak journey, we'll work together to build the skills required for multi-day kayak touring in a coastal environment.  Departing from Stonington or Brooklin, on the west side of Jericho Bay, we'll have access to the dozens of islands that stretch out to the south and east, along expansive Jericho Bay.  During 3 days on the water, we'll have opportunities to practice cockpit navigation, improve our boat handling in moderate wind, and waves, and plan our travels to take advantage of tides and weather.  With 2-nights of island camping, we'll consider Leave No Trace principles, island access, wilderness cuisine, and trip planning.  (For more complete coverage of trip-planning and preparation, consider joining us for a Practical Navigation course as well).  Click on course title for complete details.

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3-day Paddler Development Intensive (FULL) - Bar Harbor, ME
Jul
22
to Jul 24

3-day Paddler Development Intensive (FULL) - Bar Harbor, ME

Three days of comprehensive skills development for competent ocean paddlers who are looking for new challenges.  Each day we will choose a venue based on conditions, to make the most of the learning opportunities that surround Mount Desert Island.  Paddling environments will likely include reversing falls, coastal tide-races and rock gardens.   Click on course title for more details.

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Tidal Current Basics - Bagaduce River
Jul
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Tidal Current Basics - Bagaduce River

  • 68 ME-176 Brooksville, ME, 04617 United States (map)
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As part of our Coastal Skills cluster (July 18th-20th) we are offering a scaled down Tidal Currents course.  We will work on the basic maneuvers for sea kayaking in current, including eddy turns and ferrying, and refine and apply strokes such as rudders and sweeps to execute those maneuvers with grace.  Click on course title for more details.

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Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls
Jun
29
9:00am 9:00am

Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls

  • Tidal Falls Rd Hancock, ME, 04640 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of Downeast Maine's signature attractions, the reversing tidal falls are areas of strong current created by the rise and fall of tides.  For sea kayakers, these areas provide a variety of conditions (bumpy water, eddy lines, moving water, smooth green waves) making them excellent classrooms for refining boat handling in a more challenging environment.  Click on course title for complete description.

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Tidal Current Basics - Bagaduce River
Jun
28
12:00pm12:00pm

Tidal Current Basics - Bagaduce River

  • 25-27 ME-175 Brooksville, ME, 04617 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prior to Tidal Currents at Sullivan Falls on June 29th, we are offering a tidal currents warm-up at Bagaduce Falls.  We will work on the fundamental maneuvers for sea kayaking in current, including eddy turns and ferrying, and refine and apply strokes such as rudders and sweeps to execute those maneuvers with grace.  This course is useful as an intro for those new to currents, or as a chance for those with previous currents training to improve finesse and understanding in a less boisterous environment.  Click on course title for more details.

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Coastal Skills Training - Bar Harbor, ME - FULL
Jun
20
9:00am 9:00am

Coastal Skills Training - Bar Harbor, ME - FULL

This course is full.  Spend a day refining your abilities to maneuver effectively and efficiently, and work on the areas of most interest to our small group of students.  From improving paddlers through more experienced kayakers, we'll meet each individual where they are, providing responsive, personalized instruction. Click on the course title for more details.

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Private Guide Training - Bar Harbor, ME
Jun
19
8:00am 8:00am

Private Guide Training - Bar Harbor, ME

Nate often works with companies and individuals to gain the on-water skills required for safe and competent guiding.  He can also help orient well-prepared paddlers people to the examination process for becoming licensed as a sea kayak guide by the State of Maine.  For more information, or to schedule a training for your organization, please Contact us.

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Rough Water Rescues and Incident Mgm't - MDI
Jun
14
9:00am 9:00am

Rough Water Rescues and Incident Mgm't - MDI

What will you do in a squall?  How quickly can you react to a capsize in rough conditions?  Can you deal with a medical emergency on the water?  

Our philosophy of preparedness is that you only know what you can do in an emergency because you have actually practiced it.  This course will focus on performing rescues in difficult conditions, dealing with simulated emergencies that can arise on the water, and generally helping leaders who are responsible for others to ensure that they are as prepared as they can be to protect the paddlers in their groups.  

As part of Pinniped Kayak's commitment to supporting a high standard for working Maine Sea Kayak Guides, we are offering a $105 dollar discount on this course for MASKGI Members.  This course is likely to fill quickly, and if possible we will add additional course dates.  Please register as early as possible.  Click on course title for more details.

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ACA Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop, Ellsworth, ME
Jun
12
to Jun 14

ACA Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop, Ellsworth, ME

Train to become an ACA-certified kayak instructor.  This 3-day format combines instructor training with instructor certification.  This event is appropriate for paddlers who have had some instruction in protected waters, and are interested in refining their personal paddling skills and developing effective approaches to teach the complete range of basic kayak touring skills. 
This combined training/assessment format (only available at L2 and below) offers a convenient way for new instructors to begin teaching kayaking in protected waters.  Click on course title for complete description.

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Whitewater for Sea Kayakers - Colchester, VT
Jun
5
to Jun 7

Whitewater for Sea Kayakers - Colchester, VT

Whitewater for Sea Kayakers is an opportunity to open your mind and expand your paddling skills.  Geared towards those with previous sea kayak instruction, this introduction to whitewater paddling will help you adapt your existing skills to the river environment and to whitewater boats. 

Hosted by Todd Wright at Saint Michael's College, and assisted by Nate Hanson.  Click on course title for more details.

 

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Leadership Skills Training
May
26
to May 29

Leadership Skills Training

Join us for this 4-day Leadership and Guide Training course for paddlers who wish to gain the skills required to safely lead others on the water.  Whether you plan to work as a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide, or simply wish to gain a more comprehensive skill set for paddling with friends and family this summer, our course will cover all aspects of competent leadership so you can stay safe on the water.   Click on course title for more information.

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ACA L3/L4 Instructor Development Workshop - Westport, MA
May
5
to May 8

ACA L3/L4 Instructor Development Workshop - Westport, MA

Training to become an ACA-Certified Coastal Kayaking Instructor is an excellent way to formalize your own kayaking skills and gain the tools for effectively sharing kayaking with other paddlers.  Todd Wright, Carl Ladd and Nate Hanson are offering an ACA L3 and L4 Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) at Osprey Sea Kayak in Westport, MA.  Candidates will leave with refined personal skills, an improved arsenal of instructional tools, and a personalized action plan to prepare for an Instructor Certification Exam (ICE) at a later date.  Click on course title for more details.

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Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls, ME
Apr
23
9:00am 9:00am

Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls, ME

One of Downeast Maine's signature attractions, the reversing tidal falls are areas of strong current created by the rise and fall of tides.  For sea kayakers, these areas provide a variety of conditions (bumpy water, eddy lines, moving water, smooth green waves) making them excellent classrooms for refining boat handling in a more challenging environment.  Click on course title for complete description.

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Coastal Skills, Spring Tune-up - Mount Desert Island, ME
Apr
22
9:00am 9:00am

Coastal Skills, Spring Tune-up - Mount Desert Island, ME

Happy Earth Day!  Spring is a great time to dust off the gear and polish up your skills in preparation for a great season of paddling.  We'll spend a day refining skills for maneuvering effectively and efficiently, and work on the areas of most interest to our small group of students.  Appropriate for improving paddlers who have had previous instruction.  This course will be a great warm-up for Tidal Currents, at Sullivan Falls on Sunday, April 23rd.

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ACA Level 3-5 Coastal Instructor/IT/ITE Update
Nov
10
to Nov 13

ACA Level 3-5 Coastal Instructor/IT/ITE Update

The focus of this weekend is to update current ACA Level 3-5 Coastal Instructors, Instructor Trainers and Instructor Trainer Educators and provide them with a continuing educational experience and a bit of fun on the Maine Coast. The course will focus on content beyond the scope of most ACA programs with the intent of improving individual Instructor/IT/ITE’s practice by exposing them to current adventure sport teaching, instructing and coaching theory and practice in context.
Instructional Staff: Todd Johnstone-Wright of Synaptic Sport; John Carmody of SeaCliff Kayakers; Nate Hanson of Pinniped Kayak

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Eastern Frenchman Bay, Day Journey
Sep
25
9:00am 9:00am

Eastern Frenchman Bay, Day Journey

Eastern Frenchman Bay with Michael Daugherty

The “quiet side” of Frenchman Bay has much to offer, but if conditions allow, the rugged south and east shores of Ironbound Island, as well as the remote lighthouse on Egg Rock will be highlights of this trip, with an emphasis on journeying skills: route selection and navigation, understanding currents and conditions, and of course, choosing the perfect spot (perhaps requiring a challenging landing) for lunch. Along the way we can work on refining maneuvering skills and maybe even get a peek into a sea cave.

$140 per person.                                                                 Contact us for more information or to register.

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Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls
Sep
24
9:00am 9:00am

Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls

We are fortunate to have what we think is the best tidal current training venue in Maine right in our neighborhood.  If you're comfortable with basic strokes and rescues, we'd love to introduce you to the fun of paddling sea kayaks in a tidal falls!  Click on the course title for complete description.

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5 day Journey - The Downeast Coast
Sep
6
to Sep 10

5 day Journey - The Downeast Coast

East of the Mount Desert Island area, the downeast coast continues for nearly 100 miles.  Villages thin out, currents increase, fog is more frequent, and the sparse islands and bold coastlines farther downeast provide an amazing setting for sea kayak touring and skill-building.  Join us for a 5-day journey in the best sea kayak touring areas that we've found anywhere.  Click on course title for complete details.

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Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls, ME
Aug
27
9:00am 9:00am

Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls, ME

One of Downeast Maine's signature attractions are the reversing tidal falls, areas of strong current created by the rise and fall of tides.  For sea kayakers, these areas provide a variety of conditions (bumpy water, eddy lines, moving water, smooth green waves) making them excellent classrooms for refining boat handling in a more challenging environment.  Click on course title for complete description.

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Incident Management and Avoidance - Mount Desert Island, ME
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Incident Management and Avoidance - Mount Desert Island, ME

Proper judgement and adventure-management are a subject in all our classes, because it's always easier to avoid accidents than it is to clean up after them.  However, sometimes stuff happens, and how you respond can make the difference between a good war story and a bad outcome.  Our Incident Management/Avoidance course is a scenario-based class covering all manners of rescues, improvised boat repairs, medical events, emergency signalling, and more.  Click on the course title for complete description.

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Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls
Aug
18
9:00am 9:00am

Tidal Currents - Sullivan Falls

  • Tidal Falls Road Hancock, ME, 04640 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of Downeast Maine's signature attractions, the reversing tidal falls are areas of strong current created by the rise and fall of tides.  For sea kayakers, these areas provide a variety of conditions (bumpy water, eddy lines, moving water, smooth green waves) making them excellent classrooms for refining boat handling in a more challenging environment.  Click on course title for complete description.

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