Join us for this 6-day Leadership and Guide Training course for paddlers who wish to gain the skills required to safely lead others on the water (Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18, and Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25). 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. Time is split between classroom learning and on-water exercises, covering navigation, trip planning, group management, incident avoidance, boat handling, towing, rescues, hypothermia, LNT camping, meal planning, and an introduction to local flora and fauna.
Boat handling skills will be reviewed, but students should have previous paddling experience and familiarity with strokes and rescues before the class begins. If you have questions about your preparedness, or if you are interested in additional training before the start of this leadership course, please contact us.
Candidates who wish to take the Maine Guide Exam should check that their First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date, and should consider applying for an exam date a month before you plan to take the exam.
Cost is $690 per person, for 6-days of training, including use of equipment. Drysuit rental, if necessary, is separate. Meals and camping or bunkhouse accommodations are available from Old Quarry.