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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

Sea Skills for Women: A Two-Day Course on Peaks Island

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2022 Portland Paddle instructor Suzanne Blackburn is teaming up with Maine Island Kayak’s Liz Johnson to offer two special days of building skills, confidence and power on the water. Course Description Building our skills on the water develops our competence as paddlers. As our abilities increase, our confidence…

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April 5, 2022

Check Out These Opportunities to Learn From Our Friends

We noticed that many of Portland Paddle’s favorite organizations and instructors are offering some terrific opportunities for learning in the months ahead, so we thought we’d give you a heads up… Rolling Practice at Riverton Pool with Portland Paddle friend Cheri Perry of Kayak Ways is a master of teaching the roll, and there’s still…

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March 26, 2022

Ocean Paddler Gift Guide

14 Gift Ideas for an Ocean Paddler If you’re looking for a gift for somebody who likes to paddle on the coast of Maine we’ve got some ideas. This list features as many Maine-made products as possible, and we tried to include a lot of local businesses where you can find these items. Good luck…

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December 15, 2021

Our Favorite Places to Kayak and SUP in Maine

Portland Paddle Guides Share Their Favorite Paddling Spots With all of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and coastline, there’s enough paddling to keep kayakers and paddleboarders busy for several lifetimes. You could very well pick a launch at random out of your trusty Maine Gazetteer and fall straight in love. And since we’re all about sharing our…

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April 6, 2021