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Skills classes

2016 Kayak Classes

Sea Kayak Guide Course

Beginner -Advanced
Kayaking Courses

Rolling clinics
Pool time
Personalized Kayak Training Program

Just want to learn the basics????
join a kayak tour!
Daily Summer Tours:
9-12 and 1-4, sunset trips and full day paddle-n-picnic 10-4
Sign up for any of our daily trips and you'll learn the basics necessary to get you on the water!

**American Canoe Association Assessment and Certification Courses **

email: castinekayak@cs.com

Personal Kayak Training Plans and Prices
May 1- Oct 12,
1 session = 3 hours
offered: 9-12, 1-4, 5-8
Personal plan

Price Per Session
Total Price
3 Session Training Plan $150
6 Session Training Plan $135
9 Session Training Plan $125
Add a training partner to your plan
For only 50% more
*Personal Kayak Training*: Your Customized Paddling Plan will be tailored to address your specific paddling desires and your coach’s insights. We will progress you through any specific areas: navigation, water anxiety, improving your body-boat-blade synergy, video analysis, trip planning, safety and rescue, touring, improving your health, and equipment customization. Whatever you choose to work on, we will work on together at your own pace. See the web for time block options or contact us to arrange your personal training schedule.
Sea Kayak Fitness, Fun and Finesse Series
Summer Session through Maine Maritime Academy

Tuesday Sunset Friends and Fitness Paddling Club!

Meet at Castine Kayak on Eaton's Dock, ready for an evening paddle! Bring your own pre-approved kayak...and it's FREE! Rent one of ours.... $40 per session. Each week we'll get together for a fun excercise paddle in Castine Harbor!
5pm-7pm Fitness/exercise paddle
June -Sept

Sea Kayak Rentals available from Castine Kayak $40 per session Calendar

Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training

Maine Sea Kayak Guide Training Course
Advanced Sea Kayak Skills

Description: This in-depth course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides , fresh water guides and kayaking leaders and intermediate kayakers with essential skills necessary to teach kayaking, identify potential hazards, make informed decisions, plan trips and manage groups on the waters of Maine and beyond! This course is designed to prepare future sea kayak guides for IFW test and licensing.  Topics include: Navigation, essential equipment and its uses, trip planning, group management, wind, waves and weather dynamics, marine environment and rescue strategies.  (great course for intermediate kayakers interested in skill improvement)

Dates 2016:  5/28 -5/30, 6/4 and 6/5 (two weekends)
Time:  Full days 9-5 with overnight camping trip
Location:  Castine and other coastal venues
Course Fee:  $475

Instructor: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide/ACA Instructor of Castine Kayak

To Register:
1. Complete Registration/release form here

2. Reserve with Payment Online or Call Us at 207-866-3506 or Mail Payment to PO BOX 703 Castine, Maine 04421.

This course is for kayakers who learn best by implementing
and practicing what they are learning. This course will take place on the ocean and includes an overnight camping trip for truly well rounded experiential learning. Test scheduling will be arranged.

Additional Fees: Guide Application Fee, $100 paid to the State of Maine for testing which allow one to test for multiple classifications.
Course Manual: $20
Prerequistites: Min of 50+hours of kayak, at least ACA level 2 assessment, or instructor permission

*Maine's Sea Kayak Guide license allows for guiding on marine waters of Maine up to head of tide.  Overnight camping inclusion with sea kayak license.   
** Additional Recreation Guide license is necessary to guide on inland lakes and rivers

Guide Application PDF click here to download

What gear will you ultimately need as a guide/safe kayaker? Essential Gear
Need a Wilderness first Aid course? Check here

Guide Training on a foggy Maine Island

course photos!

CLICK HERE: See Guide Course Video!

Preparation before launching!
Maine Recreation Guide Training Module

Maine Recreation Guide Training
Dates TBA: 2 day course 9-5pm

Min 5/ Max 12

Prerequisite: Sea Kayak Guide Training Course or equivalent, Basic Paddling skills in recreational boats, canoes or sea kayaks or instructor permission

This course is designed to compliment the Sea Kayak Guide course to prepare future guides or current Sea Kayak Guides with the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the Maine Recreation Guide License which allows for guiding on fresh waters in Maine.

ACA Trip Leader Course: for camp leaders, scouts, clubs, and leaders of friends!

ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Course:
(ideal for club trip leaders, camps and non-profits)

This workshop emphasizes trip leading, safety education and rescue options and techniques. Content is geared toward trip planning skills, choosing appropriate equipment for conditions and paddlers. Course is designed for trip leaders in clubs, non-profits, camps, and all other groups leading water based trips. Course will conclude with a written Exam to qualify for ACA Trip Leader Assessment. ACA Membership Fee $10 & ACA Assessment Award. ACA(American Canoe Association)
Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Kayak (ACA level 2 or equivalent skills)
Instructor: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide of Castine Kayak

Dates July 2 and 3rd
Time: 9am- 5pm
Fee: $250

Pre-Course Details and gear list
Register here:
1. Release form
2. Submit Online Payment


sailboat on rocks
Beginner Kayak Courses

Introduction to Kayaking (4 sessions series)
Orono~ Old Town~ Bangor Area
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00-7:00pm
5/17, 5/19, 5/24, 5/26
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Francoeur, Master Maine Sea Kayak/Recreation Guide and ACA Instructor

JUMP START YOUR SUMMER SAFELY!Shorten the learning curve get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures and discover some great paddling locations! In this course we'll cover kayaking basics, from proper boat fit and entry, paddle size and proper use, what boat is right for you, essential equipment to paddle safely, where to paddle with basic map reading skills, efficient stroke technique and capsize and re-entry practice in the pool. Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle safely and efficiently on ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.

1. Hirundo Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushaw Stream 5/17/16
2. Old Town Highschool (pool session) 5/19/16
3. Pushaw Lake, 5/24/16
4. Stillwater River, Orono 5/26/16

Course Fee:
$150 pp (with own gear)
$185pp (with gear provided)

TO REGISTER: Contact Us at: 207-866-3506 or kayak@castinekayak.com



ACA ONE DAY WORKSHOPS Paddling on protected salt water bays & the ocean!

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS check Calendar

If you're ready to take your skills to the next level in preparation for a great summer of paddling these are the courses for you!


Saturday July 2, 10-4
Fee: $105 w/gear, $125 gear provided
Essentials of Kayak Touring course is designed to allow you to Paddle Smart from the Start and get geared up for a summer of kayaking exercise and adventures! Great for newbees or paddlers moving from lakes to the sea. In this course we'll cover kayaking basics, from proper boat fit and entry, paddle size and proper use, what boat is right for you, essential equipment to paddle safely, where to paddle with basic map reading skills, efficient stroke technique and capsize and re-entry practice to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flatwater settings. (ACA LEVEL 2) Calendar

Saturday, July 23, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided
Coastal Kayak Basic Strokes and Rescues course is designed to introduce basic coastal kayaking skills and safety. In this course we'll fine tune stroke efficiency and focus on specific strokes for conditions. Re-entry rescue techniques will be practiced!
(ACA LEVEL 3)Calendar

Sunday, July 24, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided REGISTER NOW!
This course will help you to fine tune the skills that you have and take the next steps to stroke refinement to increase efficiency, fluidity and control. This is a course you may want to take repeatedly as you'll gain new improved skills each time!Calendar

Sat Aug 13, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided REGISTER NOW!
This course will take us paddling in some coastal conditions including tidal currents, wind and waves. We'll fine tune your paddling skills to take them to the next level preparing you for a long season of exploration Calendar

Sunday, Aug 14, 10-4pm
Fee: $125 gear provided
The Open Water Coastal Kayak course is designed to refine and increase coastal kayaking skills for use in open water currents, wind and waves. We'll practice a variety of skills including rescues at sea Calendar

Sunday Aug 21, 10-4 (other days available with pre-scheduling!
Fee: $125 gear provided REGISTER NOW!
Join us on a full day journey and put your skills to the test. This is a chance to assess your level and determine what you are ready for next!Calendar

If you plan to paddle on the ocean, even in small protected bays this is the
series for you! You’ll learn about essential equipment, cold water risks and how to minimize them, stroke efficiency, how to maximize the effects of tides and currents and basic chart reading skills. Course on water
Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle safely and efficiently on the coast of Maine.

qualifies you for ACA Level
2-4 Awards

SEA Kayak Skills Camp /Advanced Kayak Skills: ACA Level 3 & 4

Advanced Coastal Kayak: ACA Stroke Refinement and Open Water Skills and Camping
Dates : Sept 12-14
3 days, 2 nights of camping!
Intermediate Paddlers $465 (meals and gear included)

Location: Downeast Maine Islands

Round off your paddling season with this comprehensive kayaking course! Refine your paddling technique, coastal navigation, tides and current, (ferrying, crossing currents, catching eddies and riding trailing waves) practice multiple rescue options, towing and dealing with wind and waves, (edging, sweeping, blade angle, cadence, route choice), and of course island camping!

Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle extended day trips and overnights. Allows participants to Assess for ACA Level 3 and 4 Award!



Rolling and Self Rescue Skills

Rolling your Kayak
When: Sunday Calendar
Where: Old Town High Pool
Fee: $55 Boat rental available $10

Rolling Your Kayak
Being a safe kayaker means preparing for the worst case scenario! In most cases in Maine that would be a capsize into cold water and the key to safety is knowing how to get back in your boat out of the water!The quickest and most efficient rescue is the Eskimo Roll. You'll learn a variety of assisted eskimo rescues that allow you to stay in your boat. Enhance your boat maneuvering skills while focusing on all the components of the roll.

Check for summer hours in Castine!
Fee: $50 each with min of 3pp
Privates available: $100
2 hrs/ $50 each additional

What Now ? Capsize & Rescue Skills Clinic
Kayak Rescue capsize and recovery workshops
Do you really know what to do if your kayak capsizes??? Get ready for a season of safe paddling. Learn how to respond to your own capsize or your paddling partner’s. Discover what your options are for re-entering your kayak from the water. We’ll cover self rescue techniques and partnership rescues. Find out what equipment you should have with you for your safety kit to make every paddle a good one!


Kayak Capsize & Rescue workshop at Orland River Day 6/25/16
A Kayak Capsize and Rescue Workshop will be offered 12:30-2:30 pm. To be an independent kayaker an essential skill is self and partnership rescue! Be ready for the unexpected. Learn what you need to know to be a safe paddler so that you can explore in comfort. We'll practice wet exits, partnership rescues and self-rescue methods. Special festival price is $25 per person.
Contact Castine Kayak to reserve a spot, 207-866-3506, or castinekayak@gmail.com.

*Private Workshops available by appointment
Fee:  $45pp w/own equipment  $55 with gear provided Min 4pp

Check the calendar for upcoming summer courses!
Hatch Fund Holbrook Island Program


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