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Lessons, Classes, and Courses

KICK OFF SAFE BOATING WEEK MAY 18-25 PADDLE SMART SAFETY SYMPOSIUM
Friday May 18 at Bangor YMCA at 17 2nd St, Bangor, ME 04401
Time: 5:00-7:30pm in Partnership with the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxillary
Free Event~Door Prizes~Kayak and Canoe Demonstrations in the Pool~Opportunities to try rescues (additional fee)
Join us for this great event and get ready for a summer of fun and paddling! Paddle Smart from the Start! Know what you need to know before you go! Try a rescue in the pool. Contact Castine Kayak for details!

Kayaking and Canoeing Artfully! Beginner/Advanced Kayak Skills

Orono~ Old Town~ Bangor Area
Time: 11-2pm
Date: June 16 Saturday (Orono Artsapalooza Day!)
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak/Recreation Guide and ACA Instructor

(Great chance to explore differences between canoes and kayaks!) JUMP START YOUR SUMMER SAFELY! Shorten the learning curve and get geared up for a summer of fun. Anyone can make a boat move but in this afternoon paddle on serene Pushaw stream we'll go over the skills necessary to make your boat (canoe or kayak) dance over the water whether its calm or windy. We'll cover basic boat fit and basic strokes and then progress to some advanced techniques that will allow you to take in the scenery when you paddle instead of focusing on getting your boat to stay straight! We'll cover efficient paddling forward and reverse and turning strokes and then focus on using your entire body to become one with your craft. We'll explore the grace of bow and stern draws, sculling strokes and side slips to move sideways and edging to really have your kayak gliding gracefully through the water for a great summer of paddling for serenity, exercise or both!

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushaw Stream, Old Town

Course Fee:
Fee: $40 with own gear/ $55 with gear provided/per person

Full-day Beginner Workshop

Sunday July 1, 10-4
Fee: $105 w/gear, $125 gear provided REGISTER NOW!
Essentials of Kayak Touring course is designed to allow you to Paddle Smart from the Start and get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures! Great for newbees or paddlers moving from lakes to the sea. In this course we'll cover kayaking basics, from proper boat fit and entry, paddle size and proper use, what boat is right for you, essential equipment to paddle safely, where to paddle with basic map reading skills, efficient stroke technique and capsize and re-entry practice to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flatwater settings. (ACA LEVEL 2) Calendar

Intermediate Workshops

COASTAL KAYAKING STROKES AND RESCUE
Saturday, July 7, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided
Coastal Kayak Basic Strokes and Rescues course is designed to introduce basic coastal kayaking skills and safety. In this course we'll fine tune stroke efficiency and focus on specific strokes for conditions. Re-entry rescue techniques will be practiced!
(ACA LEVEL 3)

COASTAL KAYAK STROKES AND MANUEVERS REFINEMENT(Level 3)
Sunday, July 8, 10-4pm, offered again Sept 15
Fee: $125 gear provided
This course will help you to fine tune the skills that you have and take the next steps to stroke refinement to increase efficiency, fluidity and control. This is a course you may want to take repeatedly as you'll gain new improved skills each time!

COASTAL KAYAKING/TIDAL CURRENT SKILLS (ACA LEVEL 4)
Sat July 21, 10-4pm, offered again Sept 16
Fee: $125 gear provided
This course will take us paddling in some coastal
conditions including tidal currents, wind and waves. We'll fine tune your paddling skills to take them to the next level preparing you for a long season of exploration.

OPEN WATER COASTAL KAYAKING SKILLS (LEVEL 4)
Sunday, July 29, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided
The Open Water Coastal Kayak course is designed to refine and increase coastal kayaking skills for use in open water currents, wind and waves. We'll practice a variety of skills including rescues at sea.

FULL DAY PADDLING ADVENTURE/ASSESSMENT
Sunday July 29, 10-4 (other days available with pre-scheduling!
Fee: $125 gear provided
Join us on a full day journey and put your skills to the test. This is a chance to assess your level and determine what you are ready for next!

Rolling your Kayak

Being a safe kayaker means preparing for the worst case scenario! In most cases in Maine that would be a capsize into cold water and the key to safety is knowing how to get back in your boat out of the water!The quickest and most efficient rescue is the Eskimo Roll. You'll learn a variety of assisted eskimo rescues that allow you to stay in your boat. Enhance your boat maneuvering skills while focusing on all the components of the roll.
$50 ($10 boat rental)

Check for summer hours in Castine!
Fee: $50, with a minimum group of 3 people
Privates available: $100 for 2 hours, $50 each additional hour

Kayak Rescue Capsize and Recovery Workshops

Do you really know what to do if your kayak capsizes??? Get ready for a season of safe paddling. Learn how to respond to your own capsize or your paddling partner’s. Discover what your options are for re-entering your kayak from the water. We’ll cover self rescue techniques and partnership rescues. Find out what equipment you should have with you for your safety kit to make every paddle a good one!

Kayak Capsize & Rescue workshop at Orland River Day 6/30/18
A Kayak Capsize and Rescue Workshop will be offered 12:30-2:30 pm. To be an independent kayaker an essential skill is self and partnership rescue! Be ready for the unexpected. Learn what you need to know to be a safe paddler so that you can explore in comfort. We'll practice wet exits, partnership rescues and self-rescue methods. Special festival price is $25 per person.

CANOE AND KAYAK RESCUES ON THE WATER! 7/22/18
(Great chance to explore differences between canoes and kayaks!) with Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary Know what to expect when the unexpected happens! This clinic will cover what can cause a kayak or canoe to capsize and what to do to recover from a capsize! Plan to get wet in the warm waters of Pushaw Stream! We'll be exploring T-rescues and other options for canoes and a variety of rescues for kayaks including self rescues with Paddle Floats and Rescue Stirrup and pump as well as partnership rescues so that you can be prepared when you go adventuring with your friends! Learn what rescue methods work best for you and you boat! You'll leave this clinic knowing what to bring with you to insure a fun/safe time on the water. Prepare for the worst and enjoy the best!

Location: Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushaw Stream, Old Town

Time: 11-2pm:
Fee: $40 with own gear/ $55 with gear provided/per person

ACA Trip Leader Course

Ideal for club trip leaders, camps and non-profits

This workshop emphasizes trip leading, safety education and rescue options and techniques. Content is geared toward trip planning skills, choosing appropriate equipment for conditions and paddlers. Course is designed for trip leaders in clubs, non-profits, camps, and all other groups leading water based trips. Course will conclude with a written Exam to qualify for ACA Trip Leader Assessment. ACA Membership Fee $10 & ACA Assessment Award. ACA(American Canoe Association) Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Kayak (ACA level 2 or equivalent skills)
Instructor: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide of Castine Kayak


Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training

Description: This in-depth course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides , fresh water guides and kayaking leaders and intermediate kayakers with essential skills necessary to teach kayaking, identify potential hazards, make informed decisions, plan trips and manage groups on the waters of Maine and beyond! This course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides for IFW test and licensing. Topics include: Navigation, essential equipment and its uses, trip planning, group management, wind, waves and weather dynamics, marine environment and rescue strategies. (great course for intermediate kayakers interested in skill improvement)

Dates 2018: 5/26 - 5/30 (5 day)
Time: 2 Full days 9-5 with last 3 days overnight camping trip
Location: Castine and other coastal venues
Course Fee: $475

By: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide/ACA Instructor



This course is for kayakers who learn best by implementing and practicing what they are learning. This course will take place on the ocean and includes an overnight camping trip for truly well rounded experiential learning. Test scheduling will be arranged.

Additional Fees: Guide Application Fee, $100 paid to the State of Maine for testing which allow one to test for multiple classifications.
Course Manual: $20
Prerequistites: Min of 50+hours of kayak, at least ACA level 2 assessment, or instructor permission

* Maine's Sea Kayak Guide license allows for guiding on marine waters of Maine up to head of tide. Overnight camping inclusion with sea kayak license.
* Additional Recreation Guide license is necessary to guide on inland lakes and rivers

Guide Application PDF

What gear will you ultimately need as a guide/safe kayaker? Essential Gear

Video of what to expect

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.

CPR/AED American Heart Association Heartsaver
2 year certification
Contact us for dates

Personalized Training Plans


Personal Kayak Training: Your Customized Paddling Plan will be tailored to address your specific paddling desires and your coach’s insights. We will progress you through any specific areas: navigation, water anxiety, improving your body-boat-blade synergy, video analysis, trip planning, safety and rescue, touring, improving your health, and equipment customization. Whatever you choose to work on, we will work on together at your own pace. See the web for time block options or contact us to arrange your personal training schedule.

May 1- Oct 12
1 session = 3 hours
Offered: 9-12, 1-4, 5-8

Number of Sessions Price Per Session Total Cost
3 $150 $450
6 $135 $810
9 $125 $1,125
Add a partner to your plan for only 50% more!