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Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids
July 28, 2018
Sign up now for this 2.4 mile historic open water swim from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
For more info or to register: ymcaofsouthernmaine.com

May
5
Sat
Hobbs Pond Kayaking Adventure @ Hobbs Pond
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hobbs Pond Kayaking Adventure @ Hobbs Pond

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Join Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Foothills Land Trust, for a 2-hour excursion on Hobbs Pond, also knows as Little Pennessewassee. Experience the natural beauty, the tranquility and peacefulness of gliding on the water while kayaking and looking for Painted Turtles along the way. Make sure to bring water, a snack, sun block, a hat and proper footwear.

PLEASE NOTE: Weather Permitting

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/456284414788793/

May
18
Fri
Hike and Paddle (Beginner) Program @ AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Hike and Paddle (Beginner) Program @ AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins | Greenville | Maine | United States

This program is designed to get participants familiar with the newest facility Medawisla and the beautiful hiking trails and ponds that surround it. Friday evening before dinner join fellow group members for social time and appetizers. That evening the group will have the opportunity to meet and go for a short evening paddle listening and looking for loons and other wildlife. Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast embark on the day’s hike up nearby Shaw Mountain. This newly cut trail is good for beginners and has some spectacular views of Katahdin and Baxter State Park to the North. Then before dinner our AMC registered Maine Guides can take you back out on the pond to improve your canoeing, kayaking, or paddle board skills. On the last morning before departing enjoy a short hike down the Hinkley Cove Trail where there are beautiful views of 2nd Roach Pond and regular Moose sightings.

FMI: activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/102558

Jun
2
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jun
16
Sat
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Maine Summer Adventure Race @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Midcoast Conservancy is holding the third annual Maine Summer Adventure Race on June 16, 2018. As in years past, the race will be based out of the Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine. In 2018, interested racers will have three options to choose from: a 24-hour race, which will be a USARA National Championship Qualifier, an 8-hour intermediate race or a 3-hour race for beginners and families.

Adventure racing involves teams of two, three or four competing in a nonstop race that includes trail running or trekking, road and mountain biking, sea kayaking and orienteering. Teams will have to combine athleticism with strategy and navigation to guide themselves to as many checkpoints as possible within the race’s time limit.

The precise course will not be revealed until the morning of the race, but as in past years, the 2018 race will visit scenic and remote areas of Midcoast Maine. In the 24 hour race, participants can expect 10 to 20 miles of challenging, off-trail orienteering, 30 to 50 miles of biking including technical mountain biking, and 15 to 25 miles of tidal sea kayaking. The 2017 USARA national champions, Pennsylvania-based Rootstock Racing, have already committed to the race.

For those looking for a more manageable challenge, the 8-hour course will be structured so that all teams will be able to experience the full, base course, with advanced racers challenged by additional checkpoints. Racers can expect approximately 3 to 8 miles on foot, 15 to 25 miles on bikes, and 4 to 8 miles of paddling.

The 3-hour race is designed for beginner racers and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods. The 3-hour race will combine hiking, canoeing and Amazing Race-style challenges and is designed to be possible to complete and enjoyable for participants of all ages and abilities. Racers can do as much or as little of the course as they choose and special prizes will be given for the top family team.

Registration fees for all races include race t-shirt, swag bag, maps, boats, paddles, PFDs, prizes and giveaways, facility and land-use fees, and a post-race feast, including local fare, vegetarian and gluten-free options and a featured local microbrew from Oxbow Brewing, one of our sponsors.

3-Hour Family Race – Under 18 – $20.00
3-Hour Family Race – Adult – $40.00
8-Hour Race – $115.00
24-Hour Race – $200.00

FMI: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/maine-summer-adventure-race/

Women’s Sea Kayaking: Port Clyde Maine @ Port Clyde, Maine
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Women’s Sea Kayaking: Port Clyde Maine @ Port Clyde, Maine

Port Clyde is the quintessential Maine town. Rocky cliffs, coastal islands, emerald green water and the “Forrest Gump” lighthouse are a few of the wonders you will encounter. We will meet at the town dock on Saturday morning for a day long exploration of the emerald green waters. Lunch and all gear is included. On Sunday June 17th we will embark on an early morning excursion. We will meet at the town dock by 6:30am and return to Port Clyde at 9:30am.

Overnight accomodations are not included. I have attached links for several options.

http://www.eastwindinn.com/

https://www.lindabeansperfectmaine.com/lodging/ocean-house-hotel/

FMI: northstaradventures.me/event/womens-sea-kayaking-port-clyde-maine/

Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jun
22
Fri
Adventures in Art: Inn to Inn Sea Kayaking & Writing @ North Star Adventures LLC
Jun 22 – Jun 25 all-day
Adventures in Art: Inn to Inn Sea Kayaking & Writing @ North Star Adventures LLC | Unity | Maine | United States

The Maine coast has been an inspiration for writers and for centuries. The craggy coastline, mist enshrouded lighthouses, seals, lobster boats and buoys will be your backdrop for this 3 night 4 day Sea Kayaking and writing expedition.

FMI: northstaradventures.me

Jun
29
Fri
100th Anniversary: Knubble Bay and Beal Island @ AMC's Knubble Bay and Beal Island
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
100th Anniversary: Knubble Bay and Beal Island @ AMC's Knubble Bay and Beal Island | Georgetown | Maine | United States

Celebrate the Worcester Chapter’s 100 years of history with this traditional outing to AMC’s Knubble Bay and Beal Island facilities on Maine’s tidewater mid coast. On Friday enjoy the Knubble Bay cabin or camping space then on Saturday camp on Beal Island. Canoeist and kayakers of a wide range of abilities are welcome though some paddling experience is required. The emphasis is on good company, good food, and having fun. Two breakfasts and two dinners are included. Provide your own lunches and snacks for Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include Full day paddles on Saturday and half day paddles on Sunday, and/or hiking the Island. Paddling trips will be offered for different levels. PFD’s are required and must be worn at all times while on the water which will be Maine cold. Bring your own canoe or kayak (describe during registration), and your own camping gear. The number of participants is limited. Price : $125 pp. Payment due by May 25th.

FMI: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/103314

Jun
30
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jul
1
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Jul
8
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Jul
14
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jul
15
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Jul
21
Sat
Sea Kayaking: Leave No Trace @ North Star Adventures LLC
Jul 21 – Jul 22 all-day
Sea Kayaking: Leave No Trace @ North Star Adventures LLC | Unity | Maine | United States

During this two day course participants will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace. We will discuss the impact of human activity on the ocean and island environments. Each participant will be required to present a short (15-20 minute) class on one of the principles of Leave No Trace. We will camping on and exploring the Islands off the coast of Maine.

FMI: northstaradventures.me/

Jul
22
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Jul
28
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jul
29
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
5
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
11
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Aug
12
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
19
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 19 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
25
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Aug
26
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Sep
8
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Sep
22
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.