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Kayaking Events

This page lists Maine Kayak’s upcoming events, kayak pool clinics, Maine sea kayak guide course, instructor certification courses, wilderness medicine courses, used kayak sales and special kayaking events offered all year long.  Come find us at the next one!

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Maine Kayak’s kayaking event page is a great place to see what is happening and stay current.  Join us for a special kayaking event listed below!

Maine Kayak offers instructonal clinics, wilderness training and continuing education for outdoors people and professional staff.  We partner with the best professionals in the industry to provide relevant courses that educate and inspire, capitalizing on virtual and real world learning environments, to maximize learning opportunities, accelerate the retention process with hands-on practical skill building and make efficient use of participants time.

Whether you are looking to buy used kayaks, become a registered Maine guide, get your ACA certification, brush up and build your hard and soft skill repertoire, or looking to become as prepared as you can for any outdoor medical emergency, Maine Kayak has a course for you.

Kayaking Events

Used Kayak Sale

Sea Kayak Pool Clinics

2024 Waterville YMCA Pool Clinics Poster

Sea Kayak Pool Sessions in Waterville and Boothbay, ME

We’ll be hosting 9 open pool sessions (2 per day) from December – May at the Alfond Youth Center/YMCA in Waterville, Maine and the Boothbay Harbor Region YMCA in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  You’re welcome to sign up for only $35 per session and come practice skills on your own.  We also have private professional coaching sessions available with a certified instructor for only $125 per session.


All Available Open Pool Sessions in Waterville for 2024:

– December 2nd, 2023

– January 13th, 2024

– February 10th, 2024

– March 2nd, 2024

– April 6th, 2024


Slot A: 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

Slot B: 2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Address: Alfond Youth Center YMCA; 126 North St, Waterville, ME 04901

Google Maps: https://g.page/clubaycc?share


All Available Open Pool Sessions in Boothbay Harbor for 2024:

– February 3rd, 2024

– March 9th, 2024

– April 27th, 2024

– May 4th, 2024

Slot A: 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Slot B: 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Address: Boothbay Harbor Region YMCA, 261 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/VAh24tEGBJnkyL9N9


Maine Sea Kayak Guide Course 

Maine Kayak is presenting a hybrid online and in-person Maine sea kayak guide course starting April 25th, 2024 at 6:00 P.M.  We will cover a variety of topics including risk management, group dynamics, navigation, environment, safety, outfitting, Maine coastal flora and fauna, leave no trace ethics and other subjects that will help you to prepare for the Registered Maine Guide exam. This 34 hour program will include 5 online modules, a 3 days of on water instruction and a mock written and oral that will prepare you to take the Maine sea kayak guide test, a requirement of all Maine sea kayaking guides. Course dates and locations are listed below. We will also be offering a Wilderness First Aid course and ACA instructor course in the spring of 2024.  Read more…

The Maine Kayak guide course full program for all online sessions and the on water practicum includes the 34+ hour training course, all curriculum materials, kayaking equipment and paddling gear for the on-water days, and instruction from a Master Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and other relevant professionals. Participants are required to be experienced sea kayakers, are asked to provide bathing suit/paddle wear and their own camping gear (rentals available), will be responsible for one meal on the overnight trip, and bring a great sense of adventure and enthusiasm. If participants wish to pursue their guide’s license, they will be required to pay all Maine state fees (background check/fingerprinting, testing, license fees and WFA course) in addition to course fees. Space is limited so call to enroll today!  Read more…

Guide Course Details:

  • 2024 Online Sessions Schedule: April 25th, April 30th, May 2nd, May 7th & May 9th
  • 2024 On-Water Practical Schedule: May 17th – 19th
  • Price: $30 per person, per night for online sessions = $150 total; $300 for on-water practical and $450 for full hybrid module including 5 online sessions, mock oral/written exams and 3 days of in person and on water instruction.
  • Requirements: All participants must have basic sea kayaking skills, paddling and camping gear (rentals available), and a positive attitude
  • Provided: Kayaks and paddling gear (camping gear available for rent), online course materials, course book and other necessary equipment and materials
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Location: Online Sessions will be hosted virtually. On water paddle will be at Maine Kayak’s New Harbor and Bremen outpost.
  • Price: $450 per person
  • Sea Kayak Guide Course
  • Call Toll Free: “1-866-Maine-Kayak” or Book Online
Sea Kayak Guide Course Maine Kayak

ACA Level 2 Instructor Certification Workshop ACA Instructor Course Logo

We are very excited to be teamed up with Liquid Sky Kayaking to be able to offering an American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop on May 31st – 2nd, 2024.

This three day course is appropriate for paddlers with established personal skills who would like to share their love of kayaking with others.  Whether you plan to teach friends, help develop skills within your paddling club, or work as a paddling instructor, ACA Instructor training and certification are a rewarding path that will help you become an effective learning-centered teacher, as well as improve your own depth of knowledge and paddling abilities.  Read more…

American Canoe Association (ACA) Course Details:

  • 3 Day ACA Level 2 Instructor Course
  • 2024 Dates: May 31st – June 2nd, 2024
  • Times: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (each day)
  • Course Duration: 24 Hours
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old
  • Certification: 3 year ACA L2 Instructor Certification
  • Location: Pemaquid, Maine
  • Price: $450 per person
  • Need an update: re-certify through this course
  • Check out more information…
  • Space is limited
  • Call Toll Free: “1-866-Maine-Kayak” or Book Online
ACA Level 2 Instructor Certification Course

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) CourseSOLO Logo

Join Maine Kayak and SOLO Schools for a Wilderness First Aid course on May 11 – 12, 2024 in Pemaquid, Maine.  This course is designed for the outdoor enthusiasts looking to learn how to provide wilderness first aid more than one hour from definitive “911” care.

We will be covering topics that include emergency response and assessment, trauma, musculoskeletal injury, environmental emergencies and survival, soft tissue injuries and medical emergencies.

The SOLO wilderness first aid (WFA) course will be run with classroom lectures and practical hands on paddlesport based scenarios.  SOLO’s WFA training is different from more traditional emergency medical and first aid training in that the emphasis is on how the body works; what happens to it when it has been injured or is ill; and the basic principles behind treatment.  By truly understanding basic physiology, the principles of emergency response, long-term patient care, and equipment improvisation, you will be more prepared to deal with non-textbook problems.  This will be taught through a hands on approach.

WFA Course Details:

  • 2 Day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course
  • 2024 Dates: May 11th – 12th
  • Times: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (each day)
  • Course Duration: 16 Hours
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 14 years old
  • Certification: 2 year SOLO WFA
  • Location: Pemaquid, Maine
  • Price: $225 per person (tuition only)
  • WFR’s are welcome to re-certify through this course
  • CPR Certification Available
  • 4 Teaching Approaches; classroom, practice, scenarios and testing
  • Check out more information about the WFA course
  • Call Toll Free: “1-866-Maine-Kayak” or Book Online
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course Maine Kayak

Used Sea Kayak Sale

We have started our used sea kayak sale and we have plastic and composite sea kayaks for sale and they are priced to sell fast.  Please check out pricing and information below.  If you are interested, please call the office to set up an appointment.  (207)-677-4544


P&H Virgo LV – $1,600

Upgrade your paddling experience with the 2022 P&H Virgo, a virtually new sea kayak perfect for small paddlers. Ideal for expanding horizons on weekend overnight trips, this Virgo CX, originally priced at $2099.00, can be yours. Don’t miss the chance to elevate your sea kayaking adventures – seize this opportunity now!


P&H Volan MV – $3,800

Own the 2021 P&H Volan MV sea kayak – a premium, lightweight kevlar/carbon infusion expedition layup coming in at 48lbs. Featuring a modified bow hatch pillar for extra storage, this UK-made beauty is priced over $6,000 retail. Needs minor glass/gelcoat work, but a steal for its quality. Secure it now and pick up today – act fast on this rare opportunity


Necky Manitou II – $700

This is a great boat and can be paddles as a tandem or a single kayak. This versatile tandem is stability and comfort for recreational and day touring kayaking. The large stern cockpit as a large opening and one smaller opening comfortably seats two adults plus an additional child or pet. We even have kids seats that can be added or removed.


Necky Looksha 17 – $700

The Necky Looksha 17 is a classic sea kayak for day or multi-day ocean paddling.  The Necky Looksha 17 accommodates medium to larger paddlers and overnight gear with large hatch storage. This boat is stable, efficient and handles strong sea conditions but is also excellent for paddling flat calm days. This is a great kayak for beginner to intermediate paddlers looking to buy and keep one kayak for life. 


Valley Nordkapp HM – $300

This Valley Nordcapp is a classic expedition sea kayak. The Nordcapp is a classic British style design used in some historic expeditions and designed by one of the best sea kayakers in the world. The kayak is in good condition with very few gel coat scratches and cracks. New decklines and hatch covers would complete the package for hitting the water.

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