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Kayak Skills Upgrading New England

Region: New England Activity Type: Kayaking/Canoeing Place: Damariscotta, ME

I'd like to upgrade my kayaking skills, and would love some buddies to accompany me. I'd like to take a class, or receive instruction from a buddy, and then have regular floats with a bunch of guys, particularly "rock gardening." Although I've done a fair amount of flatwater padddling, and have lots of small boat experience, I've never rolled, wet-exited, or self-rescued in open water. Would anyone be up for a skills upgrade? I live in Maine but would travel monthly down to MA or RI for regular sessions. I don't want to get all gung-ho; I just want to have fun safely in the swells.

Richardg Jul 1, 2018 at 6:19 PM

Some of us will be kayaking Squam Lake weekend, if you would like to join.

JohnMaineIslandTrail Jul 1, 2018 at 8:34 PM

I have taught whitewater kayaking for the AMC and for Chiltern mountain clubs going all the way back to the late 1970's and now I do mostly sea kayaking. More than happy to give guys pointers. It would b a good trip and I still have most of my boats. A roll is not necessary unless you are doing Class 3 or more whitewater and/or unless you are surfing with your sea kayak. First thing to do if you want to learn to roll is to perfect your strokes and knee control of your boat. All kayaking is

Scorpione Jul 2, 2018 at 1:29 PM

I would like company kayaking in Cape Ann: ocean (if calm) or in the beautiful marshes of Essex/Ipswich. I have a kayak and basic skills. Happy 4th to All. Luciano

HikerLegs Jul 2, 2018 at 6:38 PM

I have no pointers to offer but I'd love to do more sea/bay/ocean kayaking. I've done some on Casco Bay and I'd be happy to see more of Maine from the water point of view.

GlennCanoe Jul 3, 2018 at 12:50 AM

I'm quite interested if the date(s) works for me. I have my own crossover kayak w/skirt, can do Class II, but can't roll. . Has any thought been given to getting a group lesson or teaching trip from a reliable/certified instructor/outfitter. I think there are at least a couple on the northern MA-NH-ME coast, and there are some fresh water ones in northern NH.

BeardedGuy Jul 6, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Thanks guys! JohnMaineIslandTrail, I'd like to hear more about pointers you could provide. I'll message you directly. Maybe we could get a group together and share expertise before setting out for a paddle. I had thought of a group class if there was sufficient interest, but I've not researched places or expenses. Does anyone else feel motivated to research that? Yours, Daniel

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