What we're about

Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network (SMSKN) is an organization for ocean-going sea kayakers to meet paddling friends, learn about safe paddling, and plan trips together.  We are an all-volunteer nonprofit and have been active since 1992. 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.  Most of our activity, including joining, event planning, and paying dues, is handled through this Meetup page, so please browse the upcoming and past events to learn more about us and what we do. For safety purposes, we ask that members join using their full name on the Meetup profile. Additional information, including recordings of past meeting presentations, are on our website, smskn.net, so check there for additional paddling resources.

16+ ft. boats with sealed bulkheads are typically required for nearly all of our trips, as is the use of spray skirts, pdfs, and appropriate immersion protection and safety gear. All SMSKN members must sign our online Participant Agreement, available on our website under Club Documents, prior to joining. Membership is $20 annually and helps pay for coaches, speakers, pool sessions, and other paddling resources.

If you're a long-boat ocean sea kayaker looking for paddling friends and skill-building opportunities within a fun and active year-round paddling community, you're in the right place. Come join us!

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Third Annual Grand Tour of Middle Bay

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Join me on this anniversary of the first Grand Tour of Middle Bay. From Lookout Point across the bay to Sisters then Down to Mosiers, to Frenchs (or maybe Upper Green) across to Little Whaleboat and Whaleboat, north to Goslings and back to Lookout. 16 Miles or more, depending on side trips. Possibility of cutting it short if need be. Multiple stopping points for breaks. Conditions should be cool but seasonable with moderate winds. Dress for immersion. Long boats recommended as we'll be racking up some miles and/or paddling in wind. Bring a lunch and a warm drink. Meet at 8:30 or earlier if needed. Paddles wet at 9:00.

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Friday Afternoon Rescues, Rolls, practicing

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