Gain confidence on open waters in this continuation of our introductory sea kayaking course. This course builds on the skills taught in Intro to Sea Kayaking Part I and teaches you about crucial resources and equipment that sea kayakers rely on while paddling the Maine coast.
Intro to Sea Kayaking, Part 1
- 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.
- Proper technique for the essential paddling strokes
- How to identify the major risks and hazards kayakers face
- How to complete a “wet exit” when a kayak capsizes
- The primary features of a sea kayak that make it seaworthy
- Kayak and other paddling equipment
- Wetsuit (please use your own if you have one)
We encourage everyone to start with this “Part I” intro course, because we cover essential content that won’t be included in the “Part II” course. If you register for both at the same time you can enter the code INTROP2 and receive a $10 discount. Or you can register for Part II at a later time without the discount. If you have prior sea kayaking experience and prefer to skip Part I and only take Part II, that is allowed. However, you should be familiar with basic paddling technique and be comfortable using a sea kayak in calm waters.
You might also consider registering for our “Intro Weekend Workshop,” which offers a more full and detailed version of our intro courses over the course of two days.