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!
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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.
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, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors, ACA Instructor, International Sea Kayak Guides Association (ISKGA) and BC training, Wilderness First Aid, and Adaptive Skiing Instructor. Liz is dedicated to empowering women in the outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula is a Registered Maine Guide, BC 5 Star Sea paddler and Coach 2, ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor and Adaptive Paddlers Instructor.
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 is a Registered Maine Guide and BC 5 Star Sea paddler.
“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