Ten Ways to Connect with the Local Paddling Community
There are lots of people out there looking for paddle buddies. We hear from them all the time at Portland Paddle: the couple with lots of prior sea kayaking experience that just moved to Maine; the rookie paddler who just discovered sea kayaking and can’t wait to share their newfound passion; the longtime whitewater kayaker who just realized the Maine coast can be just as much fun to paddle as a raging river.
This summer we’ll be hosting free weekly skills sessions at the East End Beach every Tuesday evening. These sessions are a chance to work on your paddling skills, connect with local paddlers, get some tips on technique and just hang out on the water. We hope it will provide an affordable way for local kayakers to build the skills needed to paddle safely on Casco Bay and connect with the local paddling community.
We're bringing back our weekly SUP paddles for our 2018 season! Starting on June 14 our staff will lead an early morning paddle from our site at the East End Beach every Thursday. It's free to join with your own board or just $15 to rent one from us ($10 off the usual rate).
This year we’re offering three sessions of our Paddle Camp for kids ages 9 to 14. Paddle Camp offers a chance to have fun on the waters of Casco Bay while learning kayaking and paddle boarding skills with our team of expert paddlers.
How to Rent a Kayak for the Peaks to Portland Swim
Every year Portland Paddle opens by 6:00 AM on the day of the Peaks to Portland race so that people who are renting our kayaks have time to paddle to Peaks Island well before the race starts. We suggest giving yourself about an hour to paddle to Peaks Island, though it takes many people much less time than that.