Interested in joining our team for the 2017 season? Email us and tell us a bit about yourself. We'll be hiring currently registered guides and "shore staff" to operate our rentals.

Sea Kayak & SUP Staff in Portland, Maine
Sea Kayak Guide in Portland, Maine


Zack, owner and co-founder of Portland Paddle, is a Maine native who lives on Munjoy Hill a few blocks from the East End Beach. He's been paddling on whitewater and the ocean since he was 11. During his 17 years as a guide, Zack has led countless kayaking and canoeing trips throughout the coast of Maine, and in Mexico, British Columbia, Ontario and Alaska. He is a master Maine Guide, an ACA-certified instructor, a Wilderness First Responder. When Zack isn't running Portland Paddle, he's a  journalist, writer and teacher. 

Sea Kayak Guide in Portland, Maine


Erin, Portland Paddle co-founder and guide, grew up exploring New Hampshire's waterways by canoe and kayak. Currently membership manager for the Maine Island Trail Association, she has also worked for another long-distance water trail, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Learn more about Erin's conservation work at Erin is a Wilderness First Responder, a Registered Maine Guide, and an ACA-certified instructor.

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Matt Palmariello

Matt, our Operations Manager, is an ACA-certified SUP Instructor Trainer who grew up in New England and got immediately hooked on paddle sports after trying out sea kayaking. He eventually transitioned from kayaking and canoeing to standup paddling as his paddle sport of choice. Today he's on a board as much as possible -- training on flat water, upwind, downwind, surfing, exploring, running whitewater, leading trips and coaching. Matt is currently Events Coordinator for Teens to Trails. Matt is also a level 4 coastal kayak instructor. 



Suzanne fell hopelessly in love with kayaking in 1980. She is a certified Maine Guide with a Level 4 ACA Instructor certification and has been guiding and teaching since 1996. "Helping someone master kayaking skills and gain a sense of comfort in a boat brings me tremendous joy!" she says.  Suzanne finished paddling the entire length of the coast of Maine fall of 2015 and she's hoping to do it again this year!

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Joe is an ACA-certified coastal kayak instructor and an officer in the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors (MASKGI). He enjoys guiding and teaching kayaking because he finds each client and every experience unique and interesting. His favorite boat to paddle is the Seda Tango. The most interesting kayak trip he's embarked on was in Senga Bay, Lake Malawi. When not paddling, he critiques brownie sundaes at local food establishments.  


Ashley Flowers

Ashley, our Program Manager, is a Yoga Instructor, Environmental Educator, Entrepreneur and life-long lover of the water! She is a licensed Maine Guide and an ACA-certified SUP instructor. Ashley has been helping people connect with nature and with themselves for over a decade and looks forward to sharing her love of yoga, SUP, and Casco Bay with you! If you can't pack in enough paddleboading this summer check out Ashley's winter indoor paddleboard yoga classes at

Sara Freshley 

Sara is a native of Brunswick, Maine who joined Portland Paddle in 2015 and returned in 2016 to help manage our shop. She recently graduated from UMaine with a degree in Marine Science and became Scientific Diving Certified and Rescue Diver Certified. 

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Scott Anchors 

Scott is a Master Maine Guide and is certified by the ACA as a Level 3  SUP instructor.  Scott has been passionate about watersports his entire life.  He loves sharing his enthusiasm with Portland Paddle customers, and he particularly enjoys seeing them develop confidence and have fun as they push their limits and discover the wonders of Casco Bay.  Among his favorite paddling adventures are his circumnavigation of Manhatten Island in New York and his experience SUP-surfing head-high waves in Costa Rica.  When not working at Portland Paddle, he can be found surfing at Higgins Beach.

Sea Kayak Tour Leader in Portland, Maine


Calla is a licensed Maine guide and a Brooklyn, NY-native who discovered sea kayaking as student at Bowdoin College. After graduating from Bowdoin she guided sea kayaking trips around Mount Desert Island and in the Jonesport area. Now she lives in Portland and is in her third year guiding for Portland Paddle. 


Henry is a licensed Maine sea kayak guide and artist from Wyoming. He started out as guide after he graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick. During his first year as a guide he led trips on Frenchman Bay and Blue Hill Bay based out of Mount Desert Island. In 2016 he moved to Southern Maine to join Portland Paddle. 


Sam Frankel

Sam is originally from the Augusta area, and used to paddle the Sheepscot and Damariscotta River watersheds before moving south to attend the University of Southern Maine. After living overseas for a number of years he returned to Portland, and has been a registered Maine Guide since 2016. He is the operations manager for Coria, a technology company, and guides for Portland Paddle in his free time. He loves to explore Casco Bay and is active in the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors.

Sarah Graham 

Sarah is paddleboard instructor, licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Yoga teacher and Yoga practitioner of 20 years. She started off canoeing at age 6 and picked up other water sports in her adult years, including paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing.   She is Wilderness First Responder, an E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance, and an ASI Level 1 SUP Instructor.  When not on the water, Sarah is a horticultural technician specializing in corporate indoor plant installations. 

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SarAH Merriam 

Sarah is an ACA-certified paddleboard instructor from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Before she joined Portland Paddle in 2016 she worked for our friends at Seaspray Kayaking. 


Emily Mooney 

Emily is a Portland native who joined the shore staff team in 2016. She is currently studying physical education at the University of Maine with a minor in outdoor recreation. 

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Kerry ANderson 

Kerry has been exploring and appreciating the outdoors since her youth and has held several field work, experiential education, and service-oriented positions throughout the years. She has been a staff member with Portland Paddle since 2013 and greatly enjoys paddling Casco Bay and helping others get on the water too.  Kerry is the only member of the staff who can give a complete paddling lesson in German! 

Clare Boland

Clare is a licensed Maine Guide who grew up in Cape Elizabeth. Before joining Portland Paddle in 2014 she guided kayak trips on the Great Lakes. 

Sea Kayak & SUP Staff in Portland, Maine