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Welcome to Bourne to Kayak! We are not a beginners club. We recommend at least a 14 foot sea kayak with two bulkheads or surfski to safely be a member. Kayak trips will be posted by volunteer hosts and are open to all experienced sea kayakers. Any criteria for participation, such as skill level or boat type, will be determined by trip host(s) and will be described in the trip posting. Those with sea kayaks/sit-in kayaks, surf skis are welcome to participate (sorry, no rec kayaks, SUPs or canoes).

In addition to trips, there will be occasional workshops to learn or refine one’s rescue skills, paddling techniques or rough water abilities. These might be free or a fee charged depending upon who is providing the training.

The posted trips will fall into one of the following five categories: However, conditions can change and therefore trips can end up longer than posted and seas can be rougher than anticipated. Therefore, everyone must gauge whether the trip and conditions are appropriate for his/her skill and fitness level.

LEVEL ONE: Trip Length of 4 to 6 miles

Speed: Two to Three MPH

Protected Paddling

All Sea Kayaks Welcome

LEVEL TWO: Trip Length of 6 to 8 miles

Speed: Three MPH

Some Open Water Paddling

Skirts Recommended or Surfski

Minimum Boat Length: 14 feet

LEVEL THREE: Trip Length of 8 to 10 miles

A Mix of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Three and Half MPH

Skirts Required or Surfski

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Surfski

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

LEVEL FOUR: Trip Length of 10 to 15 miles

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Four MPH

Seas: One to Two Feet

Skirts Required or Surfski

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

LEVEL FIVE: Trip Length of 15 miles or more

Speed: Four+ MPH

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Seas: Two to Four Foot

Skirts Required or Surfski

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

The B to K group is not affiliated with any commercial vendors and thus cannot provide equipment. Some of the trips may launch at locations where rental kayaks are available, but otherwise participants must have their own equipment.

All participants will be required to wear PFDs at all times on the water. All participants in SFK group activities will be required to sign a waiver / release document. The waiver will acknowledge that participants assume full responsibility for their own health and safety. Trip hosts are not professional instructors and like all participants are solely responsible for their own safety.

We welcome you to join Bourne to Kayak and invite experienced kayakers to host paddles and share their knowledge.

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Wolfe's Neck Oceanfront Camping


This is an eleven day camping, paddling and biking Summer Trip. We will start in Freeport, Maine and camp at Wolfe's Neck Campground. Day Two we will paddle in Casco Bay out to an archipelago of islands. In the evening we will go out for Lobster at a local eatery. Day Three will be a travel day allowing people to sightsee along the coast, a hike to the top of Mt Battie in Camden and proceed to the campground near Blue Hill. Day Four will have a paddle on Eggemoggin Reach. Evening will have dinner at the campground. Day Five we will travel to Acadia National Park and paddle the Cranberries. Day Six will find us peddling the carriage trails of Acadia. Day Seven will be a travel day to explore Bar Harbour and hike one of the great mountains of the park. Day Eight will find us on Scoodic Peninsula and a paddle in Frenchman Bay. Day Nine will have us paddling to Roque Island. Day 10 will be an optional day with a paddle or bike. Day 11 we will leave for home.

We will be camping for the whole trip but for those who do not like to camp there are cabin and B & B options.

I will need to have commitments ASAP, due to campgrounds already booking up.

For more info, please contact: Michael Zabre [masked]

Paddle Stroke Clinic

Swan Pond Town Landing

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Paddle Stroke Clinic

This clinic is designed to clean up basic strokes and teach some new ones to experienced paddlers. We will cover how and where to hold the paddle, sweeps, draws and forward and reverse strokes. This clinic will try to break your bad habits and teach some new good habits.

We recommend this clinic for all paddlers. You can always get better!!

Bring a spray skirt so that you can start learning to lean your kayak.

All are welcome! $10 charge for non-members.

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