Portland Residents: Bring a Friend and Paddle for Free!

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Portland Paddle will be open through September and during the first two weekends in October. Fall is a great time for paddling on Casco Bay, and we wanted to offer a special deal to make it easier for locals to get on the water. 

HERE'S THE DEAL: 

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the rest of September Portland residents who rent one kayak or SUP for 1-2 hours can rent another SUP or kayak for free at the same time. 

CONDITIONS: At least one person renting in the group must be a Portland resident. If you are renting a tandem kayak you can either rent another kayak for free or you can receive half-off the cost of renting one tandem kayak. We require renters to be off the water 30 minutes before sunset; that's roughly 6:30 PM for the last few weeks of this month. We suggest making reservations or calling before you show up; we may shorten our operating hours on days when we have no reservations. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our usual rental policies regarding safety still apply. We many place restrictions on where groups can paddle based on experience and the sea conditions. 

Solar Eclipse Paddle: A Special Celestial Kayak Tour

1PM to 4PM on August 21
$55 per person

On Monday, August 21 the moon will cross in front of the sun, creating a rare solar eclipse across the United States. What better place to view this astronomical wonder then from the sea of a sea kayak on Casco Bay! 

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We've created a special kayak tour that's timed just right with the eclipse. The tour will include all the elements of our regular kayak tours but will also offer the opportunity to observe the moon's path across the sun from several vantage points. We'll aim to land at Fort Gorges during the peak of the eclipse so that we can view the phenomenon from atop the fort's walls. 

Our tour, which begins at 1pm and ends at 4pm, is designed to last for the entirety of the eclipse. According to the Portland Press Herald, "in Greater Portland the eclipse will begin about 1:30 in the afternoon, peak about about 2:45 p.m. and end a few minutes before 4 p.m." Although we'll only see a partial eclipse in Maine it should still be quite a sight to behold. 

This tour, which is open to paddlers of all skill levels, will begin with a brief lesson on the basics of sea kayaking. We have both solo and tandem sea kayaks, and we'll provide a dry bag so you can bring along a camera, phone, snack or other items. 

We will not be providing any special equipment for viewing the eclipse, so you should plan to bring your own for the best viewing experience. For tips on various viewing methods check out this website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

To book your spot click on the button below.  You'll be asked to make a 25% deposit. Send us an email at portlandpaddle@gmail.com if you have questions. 

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Used Paddleboard for Sale!

USED SUP Sale

Bounce boards starting at $600

We just received a shipment of shiny, brand new stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), so we're selling off a handful of our older used SUPs. We'll be selling these use SUPS, which go new for more than $1,200, for prices ranging from $600 to $700.  

To make a purchase please stop by our shop on any weekday between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM or by appointment at other times. We'll show you what's available. If you like what you see you can walk away with it! If you'd like to try a SUP on the water for 10 minutes just let us know. For more information about Bounce SUPs, visit the company's website: bouncesup.com. We are selling all three models that Bounce offers. 

All sales are final and all gear is used. The prices are based on an item's current condition, including any dents, scrapes or damage. We do not offer refunds or returns and our staff are not prepared to negotiate prices. Please do not buy an item unless you are sure you are satisfied with its condition and the price. We think we are offering some great deals, but you can also find great deals at other local outfitters and on Craigslist. 

Looking for a Used Kayak? 
Stay tuned! We'll have some for sale soon. If there's a certain boat you know you'd like to buy let us know and we'll try to let you know when it's available for purchase. 

Work for Portland Paddle! We're hiring.

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: 

Free Mini-Lesson in SUP Every Day at Crescent Beach State Park

FREE SUP LESSONS 

Every Day at 11:30 at Crescent Beach State Park

Stand-up paddling (SUP) is a pretty easy sport to pick up, but we've learned over the years that people tend to fall in love a lot more quickly and deeply with SUP if they start off with some basic instruction. So when we launched our new site at Crescent Beach State Park this summer we wanted to make it as easy as possible for novice paddlers to get some expert guidance.  

So we decided to offer a free mini-SUP-lesson every day at 11:30. The lesson offers just a quick, 15-20 minute overview of the basic strokes and techniques, along with key safety considerations. But it's enough to get a first- or second-time paddler started with confidence. If you enjoy the lesson we'll ask if you want to rent a board for another hour or two, but no pressure -- if you want to call it a day that's fine too! 

Find our table and check in with staff when you arrive for your lesson or rental. 

Find our table and check in with staff when you arrive for your lesson or rental. 

Crescent Beach offers a terrific environment for stand-up paddling -- both for experts and novices. There's plenty to explore along the coastline and advanced paddlers can venture out to Richmond Island or beyond. Remember to dress to get wet. There's a decent chance you'll fall off the board at some point, and you'll need to wade into the water before launching your SUP. If you end up renting a board you might consider renting a wetsuit along with your board -- or at least bringing along a warm synthetic layer. 

WHEN: Every single day at 11:30 AM
WHERE: Crescent Beach State Park (look for our sandwich boards; park entrance fees apply) 
COST: None! Totally free. Optional SUP rentals after the lesson are $25 for one hour or $30 for two hours. 

5th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday! Paddling Demos, Coffee & Donuts, Free SUP and more...

The Portland Paddle staff! 

The Portland Paddle staff! 

It's time to celebrate the start of our fifth season! Join us for a paddle party this Sunday, June 25. Stop by our shop between 10am and noon to to partake in the following festivities: 

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  • Free Coffee By Design coffee and Holy Donuts (10 to noon)
  • Try SUP for the first time for free (10 to 11): If you've never tried stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) our instructors will be on hand offering some pointers and giving you the chance to try it out for 15 minutes. If you like it, you can rent the SUP for a full hour or more.
  • SUP rescue demos (10:30-11:15): Our SUP instructor will show you how to  safely recover from a fall and what to do if somebody you're paddling with can't get back on their SUP. 
  • Kayak rescue demos (11:15-noon): Our kayak instructor demonstrate some techniques used to reenter a kayak after a capsize. 
  • Trip-planning advice (10 to noon): If you're considering a sea kayaking trip on the Maine Island Trail stop by and let us help you plan a route and choose island destinitions. We'll have nautical charts, guidebooks and experienced guides on hand to answer your questions. We can also tell you about the guided multi-day trips we offer. 

In addition to these special happenings we'll also have our usual offerings on Sunday, including a guided sea kayak trip to Fort Gorges, a SUP Harbor Tour, our new Lighthouse & Fort Kayak Tour, and a Sunset Kayak Tour. 

Hope to see you Sunday! 

 

Free Weekly Early Morning SUP Paddle

Starting on June 13 our SUP instructor Matt Palmariello will lead an early morning paddle from our site at the East End Beach. This weekly gathering is a casual paddle open to anyone with some SUP experience who feels comfortable and confident on a board. This isn't a guided trip, so everyone is responsible for their own safety, but Matt is a terrific instructor and will be happy to share his knowledge of the sport. The group will stay on the water for about an hour and will pick a destination that fits the conditions and participants. 

WHEN: Every Wednesday starting on June 13, 7:00-8:30 (an earlier post said 7:30, but it's 7am for sure!) 
WHERE: Portland Paddle's site at the East End Beach (look for our sandwich board) 
WHO: Anyone who is confident and comfortable paddling a SUP on Casco Bay with a group
COST: Free with your own SUP; $15 to rent one from Portland Paddle ($10 off the usual rate) 

Join Our Leadership Team

Portland Paddle is seeking experienced professionals to fill out our leadership team for the 2017 season. Read on for details about two positions: Operations Manager and Site Supervisor.  

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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We are looking for someone to help the owner manage all aspects of our operations throughout the summer. This is a 30 to 40 hour-a-week position for someone with plenty of professional experience in positions of leadership or management. Ideally, the Operations Manager would also have significant experience in the outdoors industry, preferably with paddlesports or ocean-related activities. The operations manager will work closely with the owner and site supervisor and will be responsible for managing all staff and ensuring that all operations are running smoothing, safely and efficiently. The job involves a diverse mix of tasks, including office work, customer service, management of staff and some manual labor. If the manager has a Maine guide license they could also spend some time guiding trips, but this is not at all essential. Professional experience with graphic design, bookkeeping or marketing is also a plus, but not required. This position extends from mid-May through early October, and there's the possibility of some part-time work earlier and later. The position could grow into a year-round job for the right person, very part-time in the winter and full-time during the summer.   

Responsibilities include all those described above in the "shore staff" description (posted on our general staff hiring blog post) plus some mix of the following. The precise mix of responsibilities will depend on the candidate's skills and background.  

  • Scheduling of staff and tours & lessons using Google Calendar and our online booking system. 
  • Assisting with staff training. 
  • Marketing & promotion (social media, networking, coordinating advertising, attending trade shows, etc.)
  • Managing reservations for tour, rental and lesson programs.
  • Maintaining and coordinating repairs of all Portland Paddle gear and equipment. 
  • Ensuring that all staff policies are being implemented and followed. 
  • Providing staff with clear instructions on a daily basis regarding specific tasks that need to be addressed
  • Ensuring that all customer phone calls, emails and online reservations are dealt with in a timely manner. 
  • Modeling excellent customer service for all staff. 
  • Generally serving as a mature, responsible and supportive presence for less experienced staff. 

 Compensation/perks:

  • Based on experience and qualifications.  Let's talk. 
  •  Free use of kayaks and SUPs 
  • Pro discounts on outdoor gear.
  • Opportunities to develop paddling skills through free courses and training sessions. 

SITE SUPERVISOR

We are seeking a supervisor this year who can support the operations manager and the owner with the leadership of the overall staff. The job will involve everything included in the description of the "shore staff" position but the site coordinator will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Assisting with staff training and staff communications.
  •  Assisting with staff scheduling.
  • Managing reservations for tour, rental and lesson programs.
  • Tracking kayak & SUP availability on busy days using a spreadsheet system. 
  • Managing the Portland Paddle physical site to ensure a well-organized, attractive appearance that is visible to customers and the public.
  • Attending weekly meeting with the owner and operations manager.
  • Assisting with marketing through use of social media, blogging and other means.
  • Modeling strong customer service skills and outdoor leadership for the entire staff.
  • Generally serving as a mature, responsible and supportive presence for less experienced staff. 

Qualifications:

  •  Customer service experience.
  • Experience working in a leadership position in the the outdoors industry.
  • Paddling experience (kayaking, canoeing, rafting and/or paddleboarding). 
  • Should be comfortable using and/or learning to use various software programs and other technologies (online booking system, google drive, online scheduling, etc). 
  • First aid certification preferred.

 Compensation/perks:

  • Based on experience and qualifications. Let's talk. 
  •  Free use of kayaks and SUPs (with advance notice).
  • Pro discounts on outdoor gear.
  • Opportunities to develop paddling skills through free courses and training sessions.