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 (mostly on-line at this point) and hear interesting talks about many aspects of ocean paddling. Additional information, including recordings of past meeting presentations, are on our website, smskn.net, so check there for additional paddling resources. Sea kayaks with sealed bulkheads and static deck lines are required for our trips, as is the use of spray skirts, PFDs, and appropriate immersion protection and safety gear.
Most of our activity, including joining, event planning, and paying dues, is handled through our Meetup page, so please browse the upcoming and past events to learn more about us and what we do. 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!
To join, please complete two steps:
- Join using your full name, please, on the Meetup profile. (The full name is for safety purposes.) Membership is $20 annually and helps pay for coaches, speakers, pool sessions, and other paddling resources.
- Please sign our online Participant Agreement, available on our website under Club Documents. Again, for safety purposes, this is required of all members.
John Haile, President
Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network
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- Goslings Paddle and PracticeLookout Point, Harpswell, ME
Launch time 9:00 AM from Lookout Point. Lets take advantage of the still warmish waters for a practice session. We'll paddle from Lookout Point and practice rolls, braces, and rescues in the sandy shore paradise of the Goslings. Dress for immersion. Roll not required (that's where the rescue practice and dressing for immersion comes in). Remember that it's starting to cool off a little - you can always take layers off if needed. Bring lunch, snacks, water. Plan on 1 - 2 hours of practicing and/or enjoying the Goslings, When finished we can decide whether we want to weave our way back or shoot straight back to the launch site.
Launch - 9:00 AM from Lookout Point, Harpswell
High Tide - 6:39 AM
Low Tide - 12:33 PM
Bring: Food, water, sea kayak with bulkheads, sprayskirt, positive attitude, and your usual essentials.
Motto: We make practice fun.