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. Each session begins with evaluation and setting out goals for that day. Generally two to four students is our preferred 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.

sea kayak navigation instruction on an island in Casco Bay

Whether you are a beginner, wondering if the sport is for you, done some paddling, or are seeking real water training, coaching or guide development: Maine Island Kayak Co will help you evaluate your needs and set achievable 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.

Review our Course Outlines for modules we regularly offer. Work with one of these, or combine to achieve your sea paddling goals.

Why MIKCo?

Our Registered Maine Guides and British Canoeing 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 - from $275/day
  • Two persons - from $225/day per person
  • Three or more - from $200/day per person

Pricing varies on the venue and numbers of people. 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 see our Registration page. 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