Be a Better Guide
Member Training Day
June 10, 2023
There's no better or more enjoyable way to get ready for this year's season than MASKGI's Training-Day. The 2023 program will provide instruction and hands-on practice under the guidance of world class instructors! We'll finish up the day with a gear-swap and 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.
Sign-ups for individual classes/instructors will take place during registration.
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.
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.
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.
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