Private Courses

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.


Most MIKCo courses are available for your private booking. Four students is our preferred number for our lead coaches, as it allows for deeper modeling and increased group responsibility. Schedule a one day lesson or a multi-day course.

Come get a paddle wet with us!

Paddling Whitehead Passage
What to Bring, Release, Cancellation & Refunds: The Fine Print

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

What to Bring: Courses & Multi-Day Trips

MIKCo Course Information

You will be asked to sign MIKCo's General Release prior to your course.

If MIKCo cancels a course due to too few participants or due to unsafe weather or sea conditions, we’ll send you a full refund. If you cancel with 21 days notice, we’ll send you a full refund less a $25 administrative fee, 75% of the total cost with 14-20 days notice, 50% of the total cost with 8-13 days notice, but no refund if you cancel with less than 7 days notice – unless we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list.

Health Insurance: We recommend that you have health  insurance, as you are responsible for any medical costs incurred.

Miscellaneous: Under 18 years of age requires special parental consent and minor forms. We reserve the right to refuse services to anyone we feel is a risk to themselves or others.

See our Info page for additional information.

"I am still learning."    Michelangelo, age 87