Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of staff members from previous years will be back again this year, but we're also seeking candidates for several new positions for our 2017 season, which runs from late May through September. Here are the positions that are open:
SUP Yoga is no longer limited to summertime! We're extending our SUP yoga classes through the coldest months of the year by moving them indoors to the Riverton Pool in Portland.
If you've never tried SUP yoga, it's a great way to improve your balance and strength by taking your yoga practice on the water. You will stretch, strengthen and flow while floating in the pool. No prior experience required.
Classes will be taught by Ashley Flowers.
7:30 PM on Tuesdays
11/1/2016 through 12/20/2016 (8 sessions)
$100 for Portland residents; $105 for non-residents
Class cost includes the use of a paddleboard and anchor provided by Portland Paddle and a 55 minute yoga class taught by Ashley Flowers. ($20 discount for participants who bring their own board.)
Visit the Portland Recreation website to register. (Click the adult tab and then scroll down).
DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS, EXPLORE THE BAY & Save on rentals!
What we love most about Portland Paddle is the wonderful community of people that has converged around the business. It's been such a joy to watch people come back again and again and fall in love with paddling on the coast of Maine. This year we're introducing our Frequent Paddler Club to build on that sense of community.
How do you join? Membership is free for anyone who has had at least two paddling experiences (rentals, guided trips, or lessons) with Portland Paddle during the past year. Just ask any of our staff for a Frequent Paddler Card after your second paddling experience with us.
What are the benefits of being a member of our Frequent Paddler Club?
- 25% off weekday rentals & 10% off weekend rentals
- 15% off guided day trips
- Earn free rentals for paddling frequently.
- Get invited to special paddling trips and workshops for members.
- Get first dibs on the boats and gear we sell at the end of each season.
Join us for a very special kayaking trip to view the Tall Ships Festival "Parade of Sail"
Thousands of people are flocking to Portland waterfront this weekend to watch an international fleet of some of the finest and most unique ships in the world sail into Portland harbor for the 3-day Tall Ships Festival. You won't find a better vantage point to view the ships than from a kayak alongside the route the ships will take as they parade into the harbor.
We've scheduled two special kayaking trips on Saturday afternoon that will coincide with the "Parade of Sail." The parade, which is the highlight of the festival, is when all the ships sail past Fort Gorges to their docks on the Portland waterfront.
This special trip will last 4-hours and, like all our guided trips, will begin with a quick lesson on sea kayaking and a safety talk. Then we'll venture out onto the waters of Casco Bay, looking out for seals, seabirds, lighthouses, all sorts of other interesting landmarks -- plus the beautiful Tall Ships! The trip will include a stop at Fort Gorges, where we will enjoy a snack provided by Portland Paddle and a close-up view of the "Parade of Sail." We'll also have a chance to explore the fascinating 19th-century fort that's surrounded by water and only accessible by small boat.
The cost of the trip is the same as our usual half-day trips: $58 per person
Trips will depart at 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 18. Book your spot by clicking the green button below or by giving us a call at 207-370-9730.
Can't make it on Saturday? We have lots of other trips going out this weekend and we'll be sure to have plenty of opportunities to view the ships along the docks and as they sail throughout the harbor.
We are are super excited about the three courses we're offering this Spring through Portland Adult Education. Unlike our regularly-scheduled group lessons on the weekends, these courses all have multiple sessions, allowing for students to build skills and gain experience over several weeks.
(Although Zack Anchors is listed as the instructor for all the courses, SUP Yoga will be taught by Alex Molo and Paddleboarding will be taught by Scott Anchors).
Visit www.portlandadulted.org to sign up.
Wednesdays 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. This course provides a chance to learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) while exploring the waters of Casco Bay. Each of the sessions will involve a short paddle and a brief lesson on different aspects of the sport. Students will learn the basic paddling strokes, board balance, trip planning, rescue techniques and much more. The first two sessions will be at the East End Beach in Portland and the last two will be at other nearby waterfront locations. All necessary gear will be provided by Portland Paddle.
Thursdays 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. SUP yoga provides a way to combine the sport of stand-up paddleboarding with the practice of yoga. Doing yoga on a board can be challenging, but it’s not as difficult as you might expect and it’s super fun and exciting. This course, which is open to people of all skill levels, starts with at least a half hour of yoga practice and ends with a brief paddle just before sunset. This class will be taught by Alex Molo, a yoga instructor from Portland Power Yoga who is also a skilled paddleboarder.
Saturdays 9:30 AM-12:30 PM. This course provides a chance to explore the waters of Casco Bay while learning the essential skills of sea kayaking. The first four sessions, lasting 3 hours each, will start with the most important paddling strokes and progress to cover basic rescue techniques, navigation, trip-planning, tides and currents and other essential sea kayaking skills and knowledge. The course will end with a final session that involves a full-day paddling trip in Casco Bay. All the necessary gear will be provided by Portland Paddle. Last class is Sunday 6/28.
Looking for a gift for a loved one? Consider giving a paddling adventure on Casco Bay. Our gift cards can be used to rent a kayak or paddleboard, take a lesson, join a guided trip or take a SUP yoga class. There's something for everybody -- from novice paddlers to experts heading out on multi-day adventures. We offer gift certificates in any dollar amount all year long. If that's not the right fit, consider one of our T-shirts or sweatshirts.
To buy a gift card, click on the green button to the right of this page. You'll have the option of either selecting a certain item or buying a dollar amount that the recipient can use towards any of our services.
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Paddleboarding is a super-fun, kid-friendly activity! Starting this week we're offering free paddleboard rentals for kids age 16 and younger every Wednesday at the East End Beach. Every adult who rents a paddleboard can rent one for their child for free. (All kids must be accompanied by an adult and only kids 7 or older can use our boards).
For adults, our regular rate of $20/hour or $25 for two hours apply as usual. Give us a call to reserve paddleboards for your family, or just drop by and ask if any are available.
This is a great way to get your family on Casco Bay, get everyone a little exercise and have a blast on the water. We hope to see you and your kids down at the beach soon!
Portland Paddle is searching for an entry-level employee to help run our shop at the East End Beach during the 2014 paddling season. This job could be a great fit for someone who'd like to spend the summer outdoors and who enjoys paddlesports.
We're looking for a hard-working and committed individual to take on 20-35 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible. You will start out working under the supervision of the general manager, but there is potential for growth in the position and you may eventually be asked to run things on your own, when necessary. Most of your time will be spent interacting with customers, so you should be friendly and able to present the business and its services positively. The job also requires lots of physical labor (moving boats, cleaning gear, etc.), so you should be generally fit and capable of carrying a fairly heavy kayak with assistance.
What the job entails:
- Helping customers rent from our fleet of kayaks & stand-up paddleboards (SUPS).
- Offering basic safety and skills tips to customers.
- Taking reservations, in-person and over the phone, for rentals and tours.
- Carrying and loading kayaks and SUPs (with help).
- Assisting guides on tours and lessons.
- Making important judgment calls regarding safety (for example, turning away customers if thunderstorms seem likely).
- Easy-going, with a good sense of humor.
- Interested in spending lots of time outdoors.
- Available from June through August, and September through October if possible.
- Kayaking skills are not necessary, but you should be enthusiastic about learning kayaking skills and passing those skills on to customers.
- First aid or lifeguard certification is helpful, but not required.
- Starting at $11 per hour.
- Free use of kayaks and SUPs (with advance notice).
1. Take a look at our website so you understand a bit more about us.
2. Send your resume and a brief cover letter that describes any relevant experience and your interest in the job to email@example.com by April 4th, 2014. (Also let us know if there are any specific times during the summer that you are not available to work).
**We are also looking for Registered Maine Guides to lead kayaking trips part-time; email us for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have a guide license to qualify for this position**
The hot days of June, July & August may seem far off, but you can give the gift of summer to your friends and relatives this holiday season with Portland Paddle! Due to popular demand, we're offering gift certificates in any dollar amount, as well as our unique 10-rental punch cards, for purchase during the winter months. (Check out the Tours, Lessons, and Rentals pages to see how the gift certificates could be used). But wait, there's more:
We're also offering special holiday combo gift certificates: one lesson and one half-day rental, either kayak or SUP, for 20% off the total price! A kayak lesson and rental purchased individually cost $88, but with our holiday combo it's only $70 for both. Regular price for a SUP lesson and rental is $80, but get the gift card now and do both for only $65! This is a once-a-year opportunity to save on next summer's paddling adventures.
We're also offering our unique 10-rental punch cards, with new lower prices for 2014. Buy a card for kayaks only, SUPs only, or combo kayak & SUP. Punch cards make it easy to get out on the water - we'll even keep track of your preferred boat, pfd size, and paddle size, so that it's all ready to go when you arrive. Prices as follows:
Kayak: $225 (2.5 hrs/rental, tandem = 2 punches)
SUP: $125 (1 hr/rental)
Kayak/SUP Combo: $190 (5 kayak, 5 SUP)
To purchase one of these great gifts (for friends, family, or yourself!), email us at email@example.com, or give us a call at 207-370-9730. (Note: Email is the best way to contact us over the winter. If you prefer to call, please leave a voicemail and we will call you back ASAP.) From all of us at Portland Paddle, hope you have an awesome holiday season!
During the next year Portland Paddle will be offering a range of overnight trips throughout Casco Bay and beyond. The first of these, a two-day trip to Jewell Island, is coming right up. Read on for more details, and join our email list to hear more about our other trips.
Jewell Island is fairly short paddle from Portland Harbor, but the rugged island that lies on the boundary between the ocean and Casco Bay feels incredibly remote and wild. If you've never been there, you've got to check it out at some point. With its gorgeous rugged coastline, its extensive network of trails and its ample camping spots, the island is one of the best kayak camping destinations in Maine.
Join Portland Paddle for an two-day trip to Jewell Island on September 14 and 15. This is a great trip for anyone with some minimal kayaking and camping experience. We'll provide all the kayaking gear, a guide who will offer essential paddling tips and lead the group to the island and dinner on the island. We're keeping the cost relatively low for this trip by letting participants provide most of their own food and camping gear. Everyone will need to provide food for meals besides dinner, along with tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear. (We'll give everyone at least two dry bags for packing).
The itinerary looks like this: We'll meet at our location on the East End Beach at 9:30 AM on Saturday to get outfitted, pack boats, review the route and head out. We'll island hop across the bay towards Jewell Island, stopping on an island for a lunch break. Along the way, we'll have chances to observe wildlife, learn about the history of Casco Bay and work on paddling skills.
Once we reach Jewell Island, we'll set up camp and explore the island, including its many trails and the old military tower that provides a spectacular view of the bay. Portland Paddle will provide dinner. The next day, after a leisurely morning on the island, we'll aim to hit the water by 10:00 for the paddle back to Portland. We'll take a different route on the way home so that we can explore even more of the exciting waters along the outer islands of Casco Bay. Our plan will be to get back to the East End Beach by 3:00 PM.
The cost of the trip is $150 per person, and that includes all the necessary kayaking gear, including two dry bags for packing gear. If you are using your own sea kayak, the cost is $125. Call us at 207-370-9730 for more information or to make a reservation.