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Lessons, Classes, and Courses

Introduction to Kayaking

Orono~ Old Town~ Bangor Area
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00pm
Contact us for Dates (4 sessions series)
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak/Recreation Guide and ACA Instructor

JUMP START YOUR SUMMER SAFELY!Shorten the learning curve get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures and discover some great paddling locations! 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 in the pool. Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle safely and efficiently on ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.

1. Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushaw Stream
2. Pushaw Lake
3. Pushaw Lake
4. Stillwater River, Orono

Course Fee:
$150 pp (with own gear)
$185pp (with gear provided)

Full-day Beginner Workshop

Saturday June 30, 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

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!

Sunday, July 8, 10-4pm
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!

Sat July 21, 10-4pm
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.

Sunday, July 22, 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.

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.

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!