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Peter is the owner and guide at Driftwood Kayak. He's been a kayaking enthusiast since high school in Wales where he learned to build skin-on-frame and stitch-and-glue kayaks. In Wales he's paddled rivers like the Usk and the Wye and also in the Bristol Channel on the South Wales coast. In more recent years most of his kayaking has been in New England, especially here in Maine.

Peter started paddling here after he discovered the endless possibilities for exploring the islands of Deer Isle and Blue Hill Bay by sea kayak. He is a registered Maine Guide in Sea Kayaking, a former Instructor in Coastal Kayaking (ACA) and a Wilderness First Responder (SOLO).  He is a contributing book reviewer at Atlantic Coastal Kayaker and New Zealand Sea Kayaker magazines and participates in Maine Island Trail Association's island adopter program. He's also affiliated with Maine Association of Sea Kayaking Guides and Instructors, Maine Island Trail Association, American Canoeing AssociationDeer Isle - Stonington Chamber of Commerce, Maine Center for Coastal FisheriesMaine Coast Heritage Trust and the Island Heritage Trust of Deer Isle. Peter spent his career in the pharmaceutical industry and is a former Senior Research Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.

¨To give you a taste for what we do here at Driftwood Kayak, I'd like to describe a particular day which stands out as being one of the lasting memories of last Summer. We were a party of three and Michael and Marina had just arrived...¨>>Read More


This trip was just what we wanted. We had some experience kayaking, but did not feel skilled enough to go island hopping on the ocean. Peter was great - he provided all the equipment, he was a very knowledgable and patient teacher, and he was appropriately concerned with safety. He was also very enjoyable to converse with on any number of subjects. We have several books added to our reading list as a result of our conversations.
— Jody M. (Portland, ME)


Christine is an occasional kayaker (shown here with Pippa, our Welsh Terrier), and can provide information on some of the fun things you can do around Deer Isle and Stonington.  She will also provide transport to get us to and from the put-in for your kayak trip.  Christine (Christine Brodien-Joneswrites novels of fantasy and adventure for middle grade readers and is most well known for her book, 'The Owl Keeper',  published by Random House.  She is currently working on a new book which is set in South America.

Pippa provides hours of comic relief for us all.

A recent overnight trip introduced me to one of the best, most experienced, competent, and thoughtful guides that I’ve ever run across. Peter combines his passion and stewardship for the natural world with the hands-on know-how to teach kayaking skills that boost your confidence.
— Susan T. (Stonington, ME)