Book early and save on 2018 Kayak Trips



Can't wait to get out on the water? Start planning now, and take advantage of our Early Bird Deal for returning kayakers.

If you've paddled with us before, check out our Early Bird deal and save $185 on a Two-Day Trip for 2 people.  

New Season brings New Menu, New Programs and New Routes!

Food for energy on overnight trips is super-important and we plan on cooking some tasty meals using, where possible, organic ingredients from our garden. This will be the first year that our hoop greenhouse will be fully operational and we're already excited about seeing Spring crops.  Also, we've recently acquired a fold-up grill which we can carry in the kayak for grilling fish so if you're joining us, plan on some fresh-grilled fish for dinner. 

During the last two weeks of June we're planning on running four Kayaking Fitness training sessions a week to get ready for the season.  These one-hour sessions will take place on flat water at Walker Pond near Brooksville, Maine and the workouts will be based on training exercises described by Dan Henderson in his book 'Sea Kayaking: Basic Skills, Paddling techniques and Trip Planning', which I reviewed in Atlantic Coastal Kayaker magazine and in my Island Notebook. To participate in these training sessions, call 617-957-8802. 

Lastly, in addition to paddling to islands south of Stonington, we're planning some new kayaking routes which are accessible from Brooklin just 30 minutes drive from Deer Isle.  On two and three-day trips we'll be exploring the smaller islands around Swans Island in Blue Hill Bay and camping on one of the Maine Island Trail islands.





Medical Noticeboard

A couple of unrelated events in recent months have brought to mind two health issues which can impact sea kayakers particularly when they are on extended trips and may be far from medical help.


The first topic concerns cardiac arrest, which given the fact that the kayaking population is also an aging population, can be a concern. Many, if not all, sea kayak guides are certified as a Wilderness First Responders (successful completion of a four-week course) or at least certified in Wilderness First Aid (completion of a two-day course), and all the Maine Guides in Sea Kayaking that I know are certified to perform CPR. This has become a personal topic for me since I recently found myself in a situation overseas where CPR needed to be performed on a patient who had suffered cardiac arrest. Mouth to mouth resuscitation is not always recommended if the patient is suspected to be infectious - for example with HIV, hepatitis C or TB - and some CPR courses recommend using a specialized paper mask fitted with a filter as a barrier to prevent  cross infection. However, not everyone who is able to perform CPR carries the mask and also the simple paper mask may give only limited protection to the person doing CPR.

SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities), a global leader in Wilderness Medical Education, recommends that persons administering CPR use a CPR Pocket Resuscitator for mouth to mouth resuscitation which minimizes the possibility of cross contamination. The device is basically a plastic mask shaped like a clamshell which fits over the patient´s mouth and incorporates a tube with a one-way valve which directs expired air from the patient away from the user. The device is cheap, easy to use and I´ve recently purchased one to carry with me in the kayak and one for the car. I suggest that those certified to perform CPR take a look at this device and perhaps buy one. It may help to save a life.

The second medical topic has to do with bee stings. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, less than 50 people a year die from an allergic reaction to a sting from a bee, hornet or wasp. However, for those who (like myself) are allergic to bee stings, a reaction which can be debilitating as well as potentially life threatening, is a real concern since bees and wasps can be found on some of the islands particularly, I have found, during meal times. Standard protocol is to carry an EpiPen, a device for delivering epinephrine into the muscle of the thigh to prevent severe allergic reaction. In the past I´ve carried an EpiPen in the kayak. The problem for myself and for others like me who are allergic, is the cost. Epipen, which is a prescription medication and is manufactured by the drug company Mylar, has a list price of around $600, and due to patent protection this has been the price for a number of years. With a shelf life of one year that becomes expensive.

Fortunately, this year a company called Impax has a similar device available which is an auto-injector which delivers epinephrine just like the Epipen. The list price is significantly less – with a CVS coupon I recently purchased one for under $40 – which a lot lighter on the wallet for folks like myself who are unfortunate enough to be allergic to bee stings. So if you´re allergic and are planning for some sea kayaking this summer, be sure to purchase the device before your trip.  

New book highlights self-directed kayaking trips in Southern Maine

New book highlights self-directed kayaking trips in Southern Maine

The southeastern corner of Maine, an area roughly bounded by the Kennebec River to the north, the Androscoggin to the west and the Saco to the south, is a region rich in possibilities for paddling on inland and sheltered coastal waters.  These rivers, fed by numerous small streams, springs and ponds, lead downstream to saltwater marshes opening out into Casco Bay at the southern tip of the Gulf of Maine.  As well as a displaying a rich diversity of plant life, the resulting wetlands are populated with a plethora of animals – a wide array of migrant birds (herons, cormorants, terns and ducks), several species of small amphibians (frogs, toads, newts) and reptiles (turtles and lizards) as well as small, and some not-so-small, mammals, like moose, deer and bear.

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