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. 

SUP Yoga this Winter at the Riverton Pool

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.

SCHEDULE:
7:30 PM on Tuesdays
11/1/2016 through 12/20/2016 (8 sessions) 

COST:
$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.) 

REGISTRATION: 
Visit the Portland Recreation website to register. (Click the adult tab and then scroll down).

Introducing the Portland Paddler Club

DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS, EXPLORE THE BAY & Save on rentals!

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 Portland 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 used boats and gear we sell. 

 

Paddle with the Tall Ships this Weekend!

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. 


Check out Our Adult Ed Paddling Classes

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. 

Stand-Up Paddleboarding on Casco Bay

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.

Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga

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.  

Sea Kayaking the Maine Coast

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.

Give the Gift of Paddling with a Portland Paddle Gift Card

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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.  

Kids Paddle For Free on Wednesdays!

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!