This three-session series covers a range of skills that are essential for paddling on Maine's coastal waters. You can sign up for all three or just attend the sessions that interest you. Three sessions will take place on February 3, 10, & 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $30 per session.
SESSION I: SEA KAYAK NAVIGATION -- This session will prepare you to navigate through fog, follow the rules of the road when crossing boat channels, and use a nautical chart to plot a course. Gaining familiarity with some basic principles and skills of navigation will make you much more prepared to sea kayak safely and confidently. February 3, 2018, 8:30 to 11 a.m. with Suzanne Blackburn.
SESSION II: TIDES, CURRENTS & 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. February 10, 2018, 8:30 to 11 a.m. with Suzanne Blackburn.
SESSION III: TRIP-PLANNING -- This session is designed to prepare you to use the skills learned in the first two 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. February 17, 2018, 8:30 to 11 a.m. with Suzanne Blackburn.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Reserve your spot online at https://portlandpaddle.net/paddlelessons/#oceanskills
The workshops are hosted by Portland Paddle, and will take place at the offices of the Maine Island Trail Association.