What we're about

Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network (SMSKN) is an organization for sea kayakers to meet paddling friends, learn more about all aspects of safe paddling, and plan trips together. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit and have been active since 1990. Network members range from novice to advanced paddlers. Our trips are mostly in the open ocean along the wild and beautiful coast of Maine.

We are an active group with trips, training sessions, and monthly membership meetings where we socialize and hear interesting talks about many aspects of ocean paddling. Please take some time to explore our site, check out our Events, see some Photos, and browse our Pages to learn more about us. Also please visit our website at smskn.net for many more paddling resources.

All SMSKN members must sign our online Participant Agreement, available on our website under Club Documents. Membership is $20 annually and helps pay for the fees of using this site. Come join us!

Trip Levels that we use in our trip descriptions are as follows:


Upcoming events (2)

September Meeting: MAYDAY - Casco Bay Rescue Analysis and Discussion

Many of you by now have seen club member Tom Allen’s dramatic footage of the sea kayaking accident that occurred while a group of our local paddlers were rock gardening on the outside of Cushing Island in Casco Bay. A well-known and highly experienced kayaker was seriously injured in the event, which culminated in a Mayday call and at-sea rescue. In this presentation, members of the paddling group will discuss the incident and share their thoughts and reactions as the drama unfolded. Come learn what to do right when things go wrong on an ordinary morning of rock play.

The group suggests that attendees view the video before the presentation. It can be seen here:


Club members may sign up below, and because we anticipate a large turnout we ask that you make your response accurate and change your status if you cannot attend. We will be recording this presentation and posting it to our open-access website (smskn.net, under Club Documents) where it will be viewable by members and non-members alike.

Two-part Casco Bay camping sojourn, Oct 7-11

Sandy Point Bridge

Join me for a 4-nite camping getaway on beautiful Casco Bay.

Part A: Th and Fri we will camp on Jewell I. and explore the interior and schedule a day paddle on Friday.

Part B: Saturday we will pack up and move to E. Gosling for 2 nites of LNT camping, departing for home on Monday.

You must have the following skill set to join this trip: wet exit, self and assisted rescue, and previous experience in ocean paddling with conditions of wind up to 15K, waves to 2 feet, and crossings up to 2.0M. This will be a chance to practice packing/unpacking your boat for safari/adventure kayaking. RSVPs will not be enabled, and the limit is 5 participants from SMSKN (cross-posted to NSPN).

If you can commit to participate, please send me a private message with your name, car info/tag #, cell #, Emerg contact #, personal E address, and your understanding of LNT. Priority will be given to those who participate in parts A AND B. However, if you are able to join only one Part, please let me know.


Past events (411)

Falmouth - Round Cousins Island

Falmouth Town Landing

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