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Intro to Sea Kayaking, Part 1

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Paddler Ages 15+

Learn the basics of sea kayaking the Maine Coast in this 3-hour course!

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking — or if you started sea kayaking without gaining a solid foundation of skills and knowledge. You’ll learn all the basics with a small group of other paddlers in the protected waters near our East End Beach site in Portland. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a discussion of equipment and the risks and hazards kayakers face on the Maine coast. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn proper paddling technique for the essential strokes of the sport. Your instructor will do their best to customize the class to fit with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. At some point during the class you’ll have a chance to perform a wet exit, which is the simple technique used to get out of your kayak after a capsize. You are likely to get wet, so we recommend wearing a wetsuit. If you do not have your own, we will provide one for you.

The Part II class is offered every other weekend and we recommend taking the two courses during the same summer, ideally followed by the Rescue Clinic.

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