Make Safety a Priority
Our organization's number one goal is safe paddling. If you are new to sea kayaking, don't have all of the safety equipment you will need, or are unfamiliar with Maine waters, we strongly advise you to Go-with-a-Guide. Paddling accidents happen fast - you will have a lot more fun knowing that you are in safe hands.
There are a few simple rules all paddlers should follow, whether paddling in Maine or somewhere else:
Wear a lifejacket at all times.
Make sure somebody knows where you are and when you'll return.
Paddle with a buddy.
Check weather and tide conditions and plan accordingly.
Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature.
Recommended Equipment List
Sea kayak guides and instructors engage in a variety of activities, in diverse coastal waters and conditions. The equipment guides carry is dependent on the nature of the activity, group, and environmental variables, as is the choice of appropriate kayaks for that day and venue. Kayak designs and construction vary widely.
MASKGI guides and instructors make informed and experienced decisions on what equipment to carry for a given day’s activities and conditions.
Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors will consider carrying and using of all or some of the following:
Appropriate kayaks for conditions to be encountered with secure bulkheads or other adequate flotation
USCG approved PFD
A primary and spare paddle
Boat mounted tow, waist tow, and/or contact tow
Portable bilge pump or bailer
Appropriate spray skirts for the experience level of the paddler
Clothing and Accessories
Proper attire for the conditions and foreseeable weather
Extra (spare) items of clothing in a waterproof container
Protection against the sun, wind, rain, and moisture
Nourishment and fluids
Effective communications for the venue which may include VHF, cell phone, SAT phone, other
USCG required sound and signaling devices to include flares, dyes, horn, whistle, strobe, etc.
Appropriate charts, maps, print-outs, and devices to resolve all navigation and SAR needs that may arise
Weather, tide and current information for the trip's duration, with a reliable ability to update
Boat mounted and hand held compasses
Emergency phone numbers and relevant VHF channels applicable to the venue
First aid kit adequate for group needs, stored in a waterproof container
Kayak repair kit adequate to maintain sufficient flotation, functional control of kayak, and visibility; to include tools, supplies, and materials deemed useful by the guide's training and preferences
Knife, which is readily accessible
Rescue belt, sling, or loop
Thermos with hot drink or means of making a hot drink when seen as necessary
Solid waste management system when necessary
Note: this list is subject to change.