Custom Courses


Our kayaks aren't one-size-fits-all: neither are our courses. Custom means designed for you, your interests, and your personal paddling style. Four students is our preferred number for our lead coaches, as it allows for deeper modeling and increased group responsibility. Talk to us about scheduling a one day lesson or a multi-day course.

sea kayak navigation instruction on an island in Casco Bay

Whether you are a beginner, wondering if the sport is for you; you've done some paddling and are ready to take the next steps; or you are a seasoned paddler, seeking real water training and British Canoe Union (BCU) Coach and Maine Guide certifications: Maine Island Kayak Co would like to work with you to achieve your goals.

We offer private instruction for your personal paddling style and interests. Paddle in one of our expedition-grade sea kayaks, or bring your own boat.

Not sure which level of instruction is best suited for you? Look over our Self Assessment. We'd love to talk with you, so email us or give us a call.


Our Registered Maine Guides and BCU and American Canoe Association (ACA) trained coaches and instructors have paddled thousands of miles on various seas over the last 30+ years, and have helped hundreds get out on the water. We believe our progressive formats will tune you into this great sport: taking you beyond simple rescues and basic maneuvering to making rewarding decisions, and enabling you to achieve your goals in the ever-changing environment.


Maine Island Kayak Co’s on-water courses are designed to provide effective learning of boat handling skills, safety, and seamanship, with an awareness of our surroundings. Regardless of your level of commitment, safe sea paddling requires good seamanship and effective decision making by your group. We will also lean into the magic of our marine environment’s science and history.

Custom doesn't mean more expensive. Rates begin at $150 per person per day for groups, and vary depending on the venue, number of people and other factors. Included are the use of MIKCo's expedition-grade sea kayaks, kayaking gear and safety equipment.  Instructional days run from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

Come get a paddle wet with us!

FastTrack Course Sea Kayaking Course

The following information will help you plan for your day with us:

You will be asked to sign MIKCo's Waiver & Release before your course.

2020 MIKCO Trip / Course Workshop Fine Print

Personal Responsibility

You expressly agree that you are able to participate in this rigorous event, that you understand the risks inherent in rougher water paddling in cold water, and that you will use your best independent judgment at all times in determining your ability to safely and successfully participate in event tasks.

To Register

You can email/mail in the above Reservation Form with your check payable to Maine Island Kayak Co, or register by phone with a Visa or MasterCard @ 207.232.6733. All paddlers must provide payment in full, sign the Waiver and Release, and supply requested Health & Medical information prior to acceptance. You acknowledge having read the Fine Print and that you have medical insurance and/or are responsible for any health and medical costs you may incur from participation in this event.


Payment in full is necessary to secure your reservation: first come, first served.

Inclement Weather or Conditions

Each event will go regardless of weather unless deemed dangerous or inappropriate by MIKCo, in which case we will provide a refund.

Cancellations & Refunds

If MIKCo cancels any day’s event due to too few participants or due to unsafe weather or sea conditions, or the status of any pandemic, we will offer a reasonable alternative, or a full refund. If you cancel with 7 days notice, we'll send you a full refund; if you give us less than 7 days notice, we cannot refund you unless we can fill your reserved spot. If MIKCo feels or agrees that the pandemic risk is too worrisome for safe delivery of our course or trip, MIKCo will provide a full refund.


Under 18 years requires parental participation, and special parental and minor forms. We must reserve the right to refuse service to anyone we feel is a danger to themselves or others.

The Details

Review the MIKCo website for updated information, Course Descriptions, Fine Print and details on meeting places, logistics, lodging in area, Releases, medical information, preparation, readings, references, etc. Oh, and bring your enthusiasm and excitement to paddle a little boat on the sea!

See our Info page for additional information.

"I am still learning."    Michelangelo, age 87