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Announcing: NEW Weekend Workshops at Portland Paddle!

Weekend Workshop Series with Portland Paddle New this summer, we are excited to announce our series of four weekend workshops! These workshops are a great opportunity to dive deep into a specific topic of sea kayaking over a two day span. They are also an excellent opportunity to connect with other sea kayakers, because nothing…

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April 4, 2023

Art and the Ocean – Three exciting happenings this spring

Happy Spring! It is no secret that we at Portland Paddle love the ocean! As part of loving the ocean, we are always looking for new ways to learn about it, protect it, and express our love for it, as well as to connect and share with others who feel the same way. To celebrate…

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March 21, 2023

Getting to Know the Different Types of Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs

Paddlers have more choices than ever these days when it comes to which vessel to paddle! With a myriad of different types of kayaks out there, not to mention stand-up paddlebpoards (SUPs) canoes and rowboats, it can be hard to know where to start, or why to choose one over another. Here at Portland Paddle…

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March 13, 2023

STEEELLLAAAAA! – Birding and Kayaking in Maine’s Midcoast

STEEELLLLAAAAAA! This was the cry that P2 staff members Eric, Mariah, and Megan let out just a few weeks ago when they, along with hundreds of other bird enthusiasts, traveled to the towns of Arrowsic and Georgetown in Maine’s Southern Midcoast, in hopes of finding a rare visitor who is taking the birding world by…

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March 1, 2023

A Guide to the Seals of Maine

A Paddler’s Guide to the Seals of Maine A closer look at the most commonly spotted marine mammal on the Maine coast If you’ve been on the ocean in Maine, whether by paddle, oars, motor, or sail, you’ve probably spotted at least one seal. But did you know that Maine is home to four different…

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January 24, 2023

New Winter and Spring Paddling Dates Announced!

   New Dates Added  You asked for it and we answered! Due to the popularity of our winter paddles and pool clinics we have decided to add additional dates and times to the calendar, and even dreamed up some new offerings! Dates are listed below, and full details can be found at the respective webpages!…

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January 15, 2023

A Winter Paddle to Damariscove

Trip Report: A Winter Paddle to Damariscove Island We launched mid morning on a chilly December day. The sky was the color of pale slate, the water flat and calm. Four of us had met just outside of Boothbay Harbor to paddle to Damariscove’s isolated harbor. The island is low and long, barely betreed, defined…

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January 1, 2023

Winter Paddling Excitement!

Check Out Our Winter Programming Schedule Join a course in the pool, a snowy paddle on Casco Bay or an online navigation workshop Tis the season! With a bit of snow on the ground, consistently cool temperatures, and most of our boats put to bed, it is truly feeling like winter here. The seasonal shifts…

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December 15, 2022

We’re Hiring! Join Us and Work Outside Creating Paddling Adventures

Now Hiring Shore Staff, Supervisors, Managers, Sea Kayaking Guides & Stand-Up Paddleboard Guides Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of our staff members from past years return every summer, but we’re also seeking new members of our team for the 2023 paddling season. OPEN POSITIONS…

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December 1, 2022

Think You Spotted a Great White? Here’s What You Probably Saw

It’s easy to mistake several marine creatures commonly found in Casco Bay for the famously frightening sharks that visit our waters far less frequently While you may have heard about sightings of great white sharks in Maine, the likelihood of seeing one inside Casco Bay is very slim. In fact, none of Portland Paddle’s guides…

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June 21, 2022

What Skills Do You Need to Sea Kayak Casco Bay

Figuring Out Where to Start Portland Paddle offers dozens of sea kayaking classes and workshops, so people often ask us if it matters which one they take first. It’s okay for experienced sea kayakers to skip to courses focused on advanced skills like kayak surfing and rolling. But most people are better off gaining the…

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June 16, 2022

Our Weekly Group Paddles on Tuesdays and Thursdays Are Back

Kayaking on Tuesdays and SUP on Thursdays Once again we’ll be hosting our early morning group paddles during the summer of 2023! If you’re a kayaker or stand-up paddler looking for a chance to get on the water with others, please join us. SEA KAYAK TUESDAYS: 7:30am-8:30am SUP THURSDAYS: 8am-9am Please arrive at least 15…

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April 5, 2022