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Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training

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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.

Roughly half of the course will take place on the water and the rest will take place in a classroom setting at the offices of the Maine Island Trail Association. Portland Paddle can provide kayaks, PFDs, sprayskirts and paddles for students to use during the course at no extra cost, or students can use their own. Students will need to wear a wetsuit or drysuit while on the water, and wetsuits are available to rent for an extra $20 for the duration of the course.

2024 Course Schedule

Saturday, May 11, 8:30am-4:30pm: Meet at 233 Warren Avenue
Sunday, May 12: 8:30am-4:30pm: Meet at 233 Warren Avenue
Saturday, May 18, 8:30am-4:30pm: Meeting location TBD
Sunday, May 19: 8:30am-4:30pm: Meeting location TBD

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