Maine Island Kayak Co. Since 1986.
For more than 30 years, Maine Island Kayak Co. has helped people get out on the water and discover the joys of sea kayaking: connecting to ourselves and the amazing ocean environment. From Baja to Alaska, from Antarctica to our base on Peaks Island, Maine, we've explored the world's oceans. Visit our Photo Galleries to share those adventures, then come make one of your own with us!
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, American Canoe Association (ACA) and British Canoeing (BC) 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...
Founded MIKCo in 1986
Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Founder Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors (MASKGI), Maine Sea Kayak Guide Board Examiner. Along with Nigel Dennis and Stan Chladek, Tom successfully circumnavigated Nelson Island in the South Shetland Islands by sea kayak in 2000: see Paddling Antarctica. It was the first unsupported expedition of its kind.
At the helm of Maine Island Kayak Outfitters
Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors, UK Coaching Certification Level 1.
Registered Maine Guide, ACA Instructor, British Canoeing, and International Sea Kayak Guide's Association certifications, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors. MIKCo's webmaster and social media manager. Winter finds Liz skiing in the mountains: working as a PSIA alpine instructor, volunteering with adaptive skiing, or making fresh tracks.
Registered Maine Guide, WFR. Mitch started his paddling career in streams and rivers, but prefers the ocean. When not paddling he can often be found climbing the granite walls around the Kank and Cannon Mountain.
Registered Maine Guide, ACA Instructor, Treasurer of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors. Joe recently solo-expeditioned in Fiji. He has paddle Casco Bay for many years, and knows every nook and cranny.
Greenland paddler, kayak surfer. Eric mostly paddles when it's a helmet sport.
Registered Maine Guide, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors, 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.
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.
Cheri is widely regarded as one of the best Greenland-style kayak rollers in the world. She competed in the Greenland National Kayaking Championships in both 2004 and 2005, in events ranging from rolling to individual and relay races, winning a dozen gold medals.
Turner and Cheri 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.
One of sea kayaking's great expeditions, Greg has circumnavigated Iceland (with a trip partner) and Newfoundland (solo), using a carbon Greenland paddle. Both circumnavigations were done in record time. Greg is the founder and past-president of Qajaq USA. He recently won the solo expedition kayak class in the Everglades Challenge, a 300 mile race from Tampa to Key Largo, Florida.
Ginni founded and operates Sea Kayak Baja Mexico. She is certified by the BCU as a 5-Star Advanced Sea Leader, a Sea Leader Course Provider, and a Coach Tutor, and by the ACA as Level 5 Coastal Instructor. Ginni writes regularly for Ocean Paddler Magazine.
A longtime member of the Walden Qajaq Society and a Board member of Qajaq USA: Dan enjoys helping others get as much pleasure out of Greenland-style paddling as he does.
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.
A Master Maine Guide and ACA Open Water Instructor, Ben likes to integrate as much of Greenland paddling technique as possible into "straight" sea paddling. When he's not paddling skinny boats, Ben sails, ice-boats, and is a skipper for the Maine Island Trail Association.
Registered Maine Guide, Greenland Qajaq builder.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot