Ocean Skills Workshops - Photo Courtesy of Portland Paddle

Ocean Skills Workshops

This winter we are offering our Ocean Skills Workshops as a 3-part in-person series of workshops taught in the beautiful offices of the Maine Island Trail Association! We recommend taking all three workshops together, but it is okay to only take one or two if you have scheduling restrictions or are most interested in learning the topic in a certain workshop. Sessions are from 10am-1pm on Saturdays 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. We can’t wait to see you!

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Maine Island Trail Association
100 Kensington St
Portland, Maine 04103 United States
About the Event
Presented by
Portland Paddle
(207) 370-9730
March 30, 2024 through April 13, 2024

Register on Portland Paddle’s website! Price is $30 per session, or $80 for all three. Each workshop is indoors; we do not go on the water for this series.

The series is broken into three sessions on successive Saturday mornings, March 30th, April 6th, and April 13th. Each session covers a different topic. Students will receive access to a course website with exercises and resources that we will discuss during our class.

Session 1: Navigation
This session will prepare you to navigate through fog, cross busy boating channels and use navigation tools like compasses and parallel rules. Gaining familiarity with some basic principles and skills of navigation will make you much more prepared to sea kayak safely and confidently.

Session 2: Tides, Currents, and Waves
This session will give you a deeper understanding of how to read the tides, currents and waves of the Maine coast and how to use them to your advantage when paddling. We’ll review the dynamics behind the natural cycles and the tools that are available to paddlers to predict them.

Session 3: Trip Planning on the Maine Coast
This session is designed to prepare you to use the skills learned in the previous sessions to plan a safe, fun and adventurous paddling trip on coastal waters. We’ll talk about what to consider when choosing a destination; the gear you’ll need; safety precautions to take before and during your trip; managing group dynamics on the water; and many other topics. We’ll also plan a hypothetical trip together.

The course is taught by Suzanne Blackburn and Zack Anchors, both of whom are licensed Master Maine Sea Kayak Guides and ACA-certified coastal kayaking instructors.