Sea Kayak School

Maine sea kayaking instruction, classes, private lessons

Private Kayak Lessons

Private kayak lessons with a licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide in our fresh water practice pond or on the ocean.

Navigation Class

Six-hour navigation course covers nautical charts and symbols, aids-to-navigation, use of the compass, and route planning.

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures is the gateway to the incredible islands of the Deer Isle – Stonington archipelago, with a campground, practice pond, classroom facilities, and two all-tide launch sites. Our Sea Kayak School offers courses for most any experience level. Whether you are new to the kayaking sport, want to improve your skills, or prepare for the Registered Maine Guide Sea Kayaking Exam, your experience promises to be both educational and fun.

Our instructors are licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guides that have developed a curriculum to address the needs of our clientele. Some of these classes require a wetsuit or drysuit. You can rent or purchase them from our Camp Store if you do not have your own.

PRIVATE KAYAK LESSONS

PRIVATE KAYAK LESSONS

Spend some time in our clean, fresh water practice pond or on the ocean for a private kayak lesson with a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide.

Private lesson beginner topics include paddling techniques, wet exit, and self rescue. Advanced topics include weather, navigation, rescue, and maritime safety. Depending on your skill level, time may be spent both in the pond and the ocean during your kayak lesson.

RATES:
1 person: $65.00/hour/person
2 people: $45.00/hour/person
3 people: $37.00/hour/person
4 people: $34.00/hour/person
5 people: $30.00/hour/person
6 people: $26.00/hour/person

BASIC START UP – 4-HOUR CLASS

BASIC START UP – 4-HOUR CLASS

A 4-hour course geared towards the beginner, no previous experience required.

We tailor each class to paddlers’ needs; this class typically includes essential strokes and basic rescues, with some background about how to safely paddle coastal Maine waters.

RATES:
$110.00 per person
Minimum 4 people per class or Private Kayak Lessons rates apply.

SEA KAYAKING FUNDAMENTALS

COASTAL KAYAKING

A full-day course in the context of a journey, great for beginners and those who have been paddling for a while, but without formal instruction. We customize our curriculum to the students’ needs.

Learn the basic skills that will give you more from your time on the water. More miles with an improved forward stroke; More fun with better maneuvering skills; More safety with rescue and navigation training. This full-day class introduces students to the skills and knowledge that every kayaker needs for safe and efficient paddling in the ocean environment. We’ll cover a variety of strokes, equipment selection, basic navigation, avoiding capsizes, and how to stay safe when things go wrong. Our small class size allows us to give individualized attention to each student, and customize the class to your specific needs. You’ll leave this class with plenty to practice, and a clear plan of action for meeting your goals as an improving sea kayaker.

RATES:
$160.00 per person
Minimum 4 people per class or Private Kayak Lessons rates apply.

REGISTERED MAINE GUIDE COURSE

REGISTERED MAINE GUIDE COURSE

Held at Old Quarry in collaboration with Pinniped Kayak, our Registered Maine Guide Course is designed to prepare participants for the State of Maine Sea Kayak Guide Exam. Participation in this course does not guarantee certification.

This 6-day, 56-hour course, usually held over a 4-day weekend and a 2-day weekend, will cover a variety of topics, including risk management, trip planning, group leadership, navigation, safety, island ethics, and minimal impact camping. There will be on-water training in kayak paddling skills, rescue techniques, and towing. If time and weather permit, one night may be spent on an island learning group island camping techniques.

Due to the time of year this course is offered, drysuits are required for all on-water activities. We have a few dry suits and many wet suits for rent if you do not have your own. We have dry suits and wet suits for sale as well. Students should be in good physical condition and be prepared for the weather and sea conditions of springtime in Maine.

2019 Course Dates: TBA, Please call.


AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA) TRAINING

AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA) TRAINING

We recommend Nate Hanson at Pinniped Kayak, in Ellsworth, for American Canoe Association (ACA) training. Mention that Old Quarry sent you!

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