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Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training

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This course includes four 8-hour sessions on consecutive weekends (8:30am-4:30pm, May 13-14 & 20-21) plus a 1-hour intro via Zoom on May 11 from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

Student Ages 16+

Prepare to Become a Licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide in this four-day course

This intensive course is designed to prepare students for the state testing process involved in becoming a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Although our course is focused on the goal of passing the state guide exam, we also intend for students to develop skills and knowledge that will make them better paddlers and more competent outdoor leaders. The course is designed to be enjoyable and educational for anyone with prior sea kayaking experience who is interested in topics ranging from marine navigation to effective paddling instruction. Please keep in mind that if you successfully take this class and pass the exam that does not necessarily mean you are a competent guide. Many individuals may need additional practice and study before they are ready to professionally lead trips.

The course will start with a one-hour course orientation that will take place virtually on Zoom. The rest of the course will take place in person over the following two weekends. Roughly half of the course will take place on the water and the rest will take place in a classroom setting in Portland. Portland Paddle can provide kayaks and paddling gear for students to use during the course at no extra cost or students can use their own.

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