Custom Courses








Our kayaks aren't one-size-fits-all: neither are our courses.

MIKCo's custom courses are designed for you, your interests, and your personal paddling style. Four students is our maximum number, as it allows for deeper modeling and increased group responsibility. Talk to us about scheduling a one day lesson or a multi-day course.

Peruse our Course Outlines for instructional courses we have offered. Choose one of these, or combine elements for your one-of-a-kind 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.

Why MIKCo?

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.

Come get a paddle wet with us!
Rescue practice off the beach.


  • One person - $225/day
  • Two persons - $195/day pp
  • Three or more - $175day pp

Pricing may 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 usually run from 8:30am - 3:30pm.


Registration & Info

To Register for a custom course, please contact Liz by email or phone. We're always happy to work with you to help you achieve your sea kayaking goals.

For more information, see:

MIKCo Course Information

What to Bring: Courses & Multi-Day Trips

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

"I am still learning."    Michelangelo, age 87