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Ten Ways to Connect with the Southern Maine Paddling Community

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.

Free Weekly Skills Sessions for Sea Kayakers

Join Our Free Weekly Kayak Skills Sessions

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.

Free Weekly Early Morning SUP Paddles Are Back for 2019!

Free Weekly SUP Paddles

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). 

Paddling Peaks to Portland

Paddling Peaks to Portland

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.  

Work for Portland Paddle in 2019

Work for Portland Paddle in 2019

Work for Portland Paddle in 2019

Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of our staff members from previous years will return this summer, but we're also seeking candidates for several new positions for our 2019 season, which runs from late May through September.

Want to Get Involved with the Sea Kayak Guide Community? Join MASKGI

Want to Get Involved with the Sea Kayak Guide Community? Join MASKGI

Get Involved with the Guiding Community

Sam Frankel guides sea kayak trips for Portland Paddle and was recently elected president of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors (MASKGI). We asked Sam to write this blog post for Portland Paddle to spread awareness about MASKGI and the organization's plans for the coming year.  If you are interested in becoming a Maine sea kayak guide consider taking Portland Paddle's 2018 guide training course in May.