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Our Guided Sea Kayak Tours
Fort Gorges Sea Kayak Tour

Kayak across Portland harbor to one of the most fascinating historic sites on the Maine coast. Offered daily.

Sunset Kayak Tour

Glide across Casco Bay as the sun begins to set. Offered every evening.

Half-Day Kayak Tour on Casco Bay

Island-hop across Casco Bay looking out for seals and seabirds and enjoying views of lighthouses and 19th-century forts.

Casco Bay Full Day Tour

Get the full sea kayaking experience with this one-way trip in Casco Bay with views of some of the region’s most scenic landmarks.

Crescent Beach Half-Day Tour

Explore the gorgeous and wild waters surrounding Richmond Island in this tour launching from our Crescent Beach location.

Family Sea Kayak Tour

This slower-paced tour on Casco Bay is perfect for families with kids ages 7 and up.

Moonlight Paddle

If you’re looking for a unique paddling adventure, try kayaking on the ocean in the moonlight!

Yoga at the Fort

Sea kayak to a tiny island for a yoga class inside a beautiful 19th-century granite fort.

Updates & News from Portland Paddle

Work for Portland Paddle in 2022

Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of our staff members from previous years will return this summer, but we're also seeking candidates for several new positions for our 2022 season, which runs from late May through September.

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What Skills Do You Need to Sea Kayak Casco Bay? Here's What We Suggest Learning

Casco Bay is a beautiful and unique place to sea kayak, but it does not come without its challenges and hazards. Renting kayaks from Portland Paddle to explore the islands, including Fort Gorges, requires special knowledge. Follow our recommended sea kayaking skills progression to learn how to stay safe out there on the water.

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How to Plan a Trip on the Maine Island Trail

Here’s what you need to know if you want to plan an island-hopping expedition on the Maine Island Trail.

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Sea Kayak Lessons
Intro to Sea Kayaking, Part 1

Learn the basics of sea kayaking the Maine Coast in this 3-hour course.

Intro to Sea Kayaking, Part 2

Gain confidence on open waters in this continuation of our introductory sea kayaking course.

Sea Kayak Rescue Clinic

Learn how to rescue yourself and others in the event of a capsize.

Bracing and Edging

Improve boat control by mastering these two essential and interrelated skills.

Sea Kayak Rolling Clinic

Learn how to roll a sea kayak

Private Sea Kayak Lesson

Schedule a private session with one of our expert instructors

Ocean Skills Workshop Series

Learn essential skills used for trip-planning on the Maine coast

Sea Kayak Navigation Fundaments

Hone your navigation skills during this half-day sea kayaking lesson .

Roughwater Rescue Clinic

Hone your rescue skills in challenging, dynamic conditions.

Sea Kayak Surf Clinic

Learn the theory and technique behind surfing a sea kayak.

Rock Gardening Workshop

Learn to play in the waves & whitewater along rocky coasts

Instructor & Guide Training

We offer a range of classes focused on professional development for guides and instructors

Our Guided Expeditions on the Maine Island Trail
Casco Bay Traverse

This guided expedition begins in Portland and island-hops across the breadth of Casco Bay, with lots of cliffs, sandy beaches, lighthouses, seals and ocean adventure along the way.

Three days, two nights

Jewell Island Overnight

Jewell Island lies on the boundary between the ocean and Casco Bay and feels remarkably wild for being so close to Portland harbor.

Two days, one night

Muscongus Bay Expedition

The wildness of Muscongus Bay makes it one of our favorite destinations for multi-day sea kayaking trips on the Maine coast. Countless islands of all sizes and dozens of small fishing villages offer endless opportunities for exploration.

Three days, two nights

Downeast Ramble

This 5-day expedition for intermediate to advanced paddlers explores the most rugged, wild and gorgeous stretch of the Maine coast. Two nights will be spent camping on islands and two nights will be spent at rustic oceanside accommodations on the mainland.

Five days, three nights

Custom & Self-guided Multi-Day Trips

If none of our group multi-day trips fit what you're looking for (or don't work with your schedule or budget), we have other options to consider. Any of the above trips can be scheduled by request for private groups, and we can also support self-guided trips.

Our Stand-Up Paddleboard Tours & Lessons
Paddleboard Sunset Tour

Watch the sun setting over Casco Bay as you glide across the waters on a stand-up paddleboard.

Portland Harbor SUP Tour

Explore Portland harbor and experience the joys of paddleboarding on the Maine coast.

Full Moon SUP Tour

There’s no better way to experience a Full Moon than on a paddleboard in Casco Bay.

Custom SUP Tours

We create paddleboarding experiences for bachelorette parties, youth groups, business teams and groups of all sorts.

Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding on the Maine coast so you can head onto the water with confidence.

SUP Yoga

We offer weekly SUP yoga classes during July & August

Skills Clinic

Learn more advanced SUP skills including paddling form, board control, navigation, and more!

SUP Rescue

This course provides students a range of skills in case of an emergency while SUPing

Custom group trips

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I took the kayak rescue clinic with Zack and learned a ton. He’s a very patient teacher, willing to work with you until you’ve got it right.
— Nate, Yelp
Great experience all around. The staff were extremely helpful. This was my second time going out with them and I will definitely go back!
— Melissa R, TripAdvisor