Be a Better Guide

Member Training Day

June 11, 2022

There's no better or more enjoyable way to get ready for this year's season than MASKGI's Training-Day. The 2022 program will provide instruction and hands-on practice under the guidance of world class instructors! We'll finish up the day with some food, drink and socializing as we look forward to another year of paddling on some of America's greatest waters. Remember to bring a chair for the BBQ.

Lunch will not be provided, so bring something you can eat on the go. Attendees are required to provide all necessary equipment*, including boats, PFDs, paddles and cold water clothing. To make the training more realistic, plan to bring all the gear and equipment you'd have when guiding. Water temps in June are still on the cold side. You need to be prepared to be immersed for extended periods of time; Dress appropriately.

This is a member only event. Join MASKGI today.

* Rental equipment, including boats and wetsuits, may be available through some of our outfitter members. Please check the Guide-Search on the home page to locate members who offer rental equipment.

When: Saturday June 11


Registration starts 9:00

Dinner starts 5:00PM

Where: Colonial Pemaquid

Who: MASKGI Members Only

Cost: $60/person

$50/per for ACA Members


2022 Classes

Guiding Fundamentals

Spend the day refreshing your guiding skills in preparation for the season. The class starts in calm water covering basic rescues, then moves out to find some dynamic water for more challenging practice.

Advanced Guide Training

Scenario-based class covering all manners of rescues, improvised boat repairs, medical events, emergency signaling, and more. Geared towards guides who are comfortable in dynamic water and have had formal rescue training in the past.

Incident Management for Women

Robin Read

This class is designed for women guides who would like to explore aspects of decision-making, risk assessment and rescue techniques that enable successful outcomes, all in a supportive and inclusive environment. Whether you’re well practiced or a bit rusty, we’ll start with where we are, and progress from there in a variety of scenarios and locations. We’ll take our real world experience (including any safety gear we normally carry) and apply it to “incidents” that are likely to include capsizes, injured and sick paddlers, damaged boats, and more.

A Different Way to Lead

John Carmody - Sea Cliff Kayakers

A Participant focused class where you'll gain the ability to lead safe, enjoyable, quality sea kayak sessions based on the group’s needs, abilities and aspirations. Learn how to apply leadership principles, strategies and judgement to manage the outcomes within a changing water based environment.

2022 Instructors

The price includes a day of instruction followed by a bar-b-que picnic. You will never see these type of classes offered by instructors of this level for a price this low! This amazingly low price is only possible through the generosity of our instructors and their commitment to building Maine's professional guide community.

Michael Daugherty

ACA L4 Open Water Instructor

Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide

Based in Stonington, Maine, Michael Daugherty has guided and taught sea kayaking and guide training for multiple outfitters since 2010, most recently for his own company, Sea Kayak Stonington. He enjoys teaching all levels of paddlers. He’s also written about his paddling experiences on his long-running blog and in magazine articles. He’s the author of AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England and Upwest & Downeast: Meandering the Maine Coast by Sea Kayak

Jonathan Oltz

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader & Coach

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award Provider & Assessor

British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards Provider

Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide

ACA L3 River Kayaking Instructor

P&H Sea Kayaks Ambassador

Jonathan coaches because he loves watching people learn. As a coach he believes in a participant-led approach that gives students the freedom to learn, process and grow at their own pace. His responsibility to learners is to be caring, patient and recognize their accomplishments. He is always attentive to the learners' needs and provides a wholesome approach to their physical, mental and emotional well being.

The ocean has given him a deeper understanding of himself as both a person and a mentor. Over his career as a coach he hopes to empower others to enjoy the sea in a safe, mindful and healthy environment.

Nate Hanson

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach, BCU 4-Star Sea Leader

ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor

L4 Open Water Instructor Trainer

L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor

Registered Maine Guide

Nate Hanson's enthusiasm for kayaking is hard to hide. With an encouraging teaching style, he enjoys helping students discover new possibilities in a sea kayak, working with each individual to attain his or her own personal paddling goals - whether that's surfing a tide race, or simply getting into a boat without tipping over. The owner of Pinniped Kayak, Nate spends most of his time teaching and paddling on the waters surrounding Acadia National Park in Downeast Maine, though the sport of sea kayaking has also brought him around the globe to the coasts of Chile, Croatia, Scotland and more. Nate is proud to be a Team Paddler for P&H Custom Sea Kayaks.

Kevin Beckwith

British Canoeing(BC) L3 Coach

British Canoeing 5 Star Sea Leader

ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor

Registered Maine Guide

Kevin Beckwith is the owner and operator of Rock, Paddle, Surf Kayak Coaching. He is a British Canoeing certified coach and American Canoe Association certified instructor. Kevin emphasizes the complete kayaking experience in his coaching, encouraging learners to play, laugh, and have fun on their adventure. His learner-centered, inclusive approach to coaching motivates kayakers to redefine their limits in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Robin Read

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

BCU 4-Star Sea Leader

It’s very possible that some of the best moments of my life have taken place in a sea kayak. I feel that when I’m on the water, I’m infinitely inspired to see, learn and connect more with the world around me. My coaching journey began as a kayaking guide and sometime instructor on New York’s Hudson River in 2012. The experience was richly rewarding, but the desire to expand my paddling horizons was strong…so to the ocean I went (on countless road trips). Beginning with the New England coast (RI, MA, CT, ME), I developed sea kayaking skills with the guidance of insightful and generous coaches; I also found inspiration and a deep sense of camaraderie through adventures with inspiring peer paddlers. ACA and British Canoeing certifications were achieved along the way, especially as I traveled further afield to paddle in the challenging waters of Wales and Baja. Happily, I now find myself living in Mid-Coast Maine, where I hope to enrich my journey even further in the dynamic waters that surround me. As a Sea Kayak Coach, my goal is to inspire and empower paddlers to build upon their inherent strengths and wisdom to learn, grow and move forward, on their own paths and timelines, with confidence and passion.

John Carmody

UKCC Level 4 Performance Coach

British Canoeing(BC) Coaching Diploma

MSc Performance Coaching from Stirling University

BCU Level 5 Sea Coach

BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Provider

BC Open Water Navigation Provider

BC Performance Coach/Sea Coach Tutor/Mentor/Assessor (Sheltered, Moderate and Advanced Water)

BC/Paddles Up Training North American National Trainer

ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor

ACA Level 4 Surf Instructor

As a Coach, John's understanding of the human body and biomechanics, gives him unique insights into what will make his students more efficient, safer from injuries and better able to enjoy these centuries old craft in more exposed environments.John has led trips throughout Maine, the Canadian Maritimes, Scandinavia the Baltic Sea, Iceland and the British Isles. He regularly coaches at Kayak Symposiums throughout the US. J ohn is a Team paddler for P&H Kayaks