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June 2017

ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Skills with Kevin Beckwith

June 17 - June 18
sea kayakers paddling in rough water

This 2 day course is a skills training session, designed to assist you in your development toward ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking certification. ACA objectives for this course are: introducing the “J-Lean” and its uses, including edge control for maneuvering and correcting course, balance, bracing, and overall boat control; refining the forward stoke and learning the side slip maneuver (static draw); performing assisted and self rescues in open water; using a compass to hold course and a chart to…

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Wednesday Evening Mini Session

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Maneuvering Beyond the Straight and Narrow Join us on Kayak Beach on Peaks Island this summer for our series of four free Wednesday evening mini sessions. Paddle to Peaks or take the ferry from Portland. Each evening will include some instruction, beginning at 6:00, and a chance to paddle and practice. In this first session, we’ll work on controlling our boats more effectively using a combination of paddle strokes, edging and bracing. Move your boat forwards, backwards and sideways - then have…

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July 2017

Piscataqua River Trip and Demo Day

July 3
kayaker near an eddy line

Let’s meet up in on Maine's border with New Hampshire and ride the tides through the working and historical harbor town of Portsmouth. The Piscataqua River is wonderfully tidal many miles inland and empties a large watershed, which makes this a fun and exciting journey for those able to cope with currents and eddy lines, and maneuver around big boat traffic. We expect paddlers to have reasonable boat control and basic support strokes in order to take advantage of any…

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FastTrack 3: ROCKS AND RESCUES

July 9
kayakers paddling near rocks

Some of our best Maine paddling is along beautiful rocky coasts, underwater ledges, and reflecting waves. Learn that rocks can be your friend…and your puzzle! This often challenging - and sometimes wet - day is for those seeking the thrill of sliding, carving, edging, and generally bouncing about in the rocking and rolling environment of our rock gardens. The rocks and ledges of Maine help us train our dynamic, effective strokes, in bumpy water and breaking waves. While rivers and…

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