Who’s Who at Maine Island Kayak Co

The heart and soul of MIKCo is our core team of great instructors, guides and staff. We are small boat sea paddlers, passionate about the ocean and enthusiastic about sharing our experiences. As Registered Maine Guides, and British Canoeing (BC) and American Canoe Association (ACA) trained instructors, we are committed to giving you personal attention and quality instruction that we know works out on the sea in our small boats. We feel very thankful to have some of the following paddlers, coaches, and guides around each year. We think these folks are simply some of the best around! 

Come get a paddle wet with us...

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Tom Bergh

Founded MIKCo in 1986

Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Founder Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors (MASKGI). Along with Nigel Dennis and Stan Chladek, successfully circumnavigated Nelson Island in the South Shetland Islands by sea kayak in 2000. It was the first unsupported expedition of its kind.

Joe Dupont

Joe Dupont

At the helm of Maine Island Kayak Outfitters

Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, MASKGI, UKCC L1.

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Since 1986 Maine Island Kayak Co has provided unusual journeys, structured courses, and great trips among the outer islands of the world. 


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Jim Bowler

Registered Maine Guide, MASKGI, Wilderness First Aid. From climbing redwoods to guiding customers coast to coast, Jim has a wealth of experience and an enthusiasm for adventure that is infectious.


Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson

Registered Maine Guide, MASKGI, BC 3 Sea Star, ACA L3, L2 Instructor. When not on the water, Liz keeps occupied with websites.

Noel Potter
Noel Potter

Registered Maine Guide, Bates College graduate and alumnus of two Geology of the Coast of Maine by Sea Kayak courses with MIKCo.


Nigel Dennis
Nigel Dennis

Owner of Sea Kayaking UK, Nigel completed the first ever sea kayak circumnavigation of Great Britain together with Paul Caffyn. Since then Nigel has carried out expeditions in Antarctica with Tom Bergh and Stan Chladek, Easter Island, and a televised expedition around Cape Horn.

Eila Wilkinson
Eila Wilkinson

An advocate for women's paddling, coaching, and sea safety, Eila has proven time after time that women can accomplish and excel in the sea environment. At home in the races around the coast of Anglesey, Eila Wilkinson runs Tidal Waters courses and expeditions with Nigel Dennis. Eila is a UKCC L3 Coach, 4 Star Sea Assessor, and holds BC Advanced Water Endorsement.

Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson
Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson

Cheri and Turner are partners in Kayak Ways LLC, a venture based on the notion that the traditional kayaking skills of the Inuit seal catchers offer valuable lessons for the modern day recreational kayaker. For the past nine years, Cheri and Turner have traveled worldwide teaching these uniquely consistent and practical kayaking skills.

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Vernon Doucette

Vernon is Qajaq USA's archivist and Journal editor and an inveterate collector of arctic books, ephemera and knowledge. He is a Canadian by birth, a former Outward Bound Instructor, and guides in Nova Scotia.

Greg Paquin
Greg Paquin

Greg is the owner of Kayak Waveology.  He is a British Canoeing UKCC L3 with Advanced Water Endorsement (AWE), BC 4 Star Assessor, Coastal Navigation provider, 5 Star Sea Paddler, and an Advanced Open Water Level 5 Instructor for the ACA. He is currently working toward BC 5 Star Provider.

Paula Riegel
Paula Riegel

Paula is a Registered Maine Guide, BC 5 Star Sea paddler and Coach 2, UKCC Level 2 Aspirant, ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor and Adaptive Paddlers Instructor.

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 Kevin Beckwith

Kevin is owner of Rock, Paddle, Surf Kayak Coaching. He has paddled areas from Maryland to Maine and in Wales, and is a Registered Maine Guide, BC 5 Star Leader, UKCC Level 2 Coach, and ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor.

Rick Stoehrer
Rick Stoehrer

Rick is a Registered Maine Guide and BC 5 Star Sea paddler.

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