September, 2021: MAYDAY – Casco Bay Rescue Analysis and Discussion

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. Learn what to do right when things go wrong on an ordinary morning of rock play.

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Original Rescue Footage

July, 2021: Sometimes Stuff Happens – Lessons Learned on a Trip to Jewell Island

You know all those maneuvers we’re supposed to know as sea kayakers? All those safety things, rescue skills, expensive clothing and gadgetry that the books say we should have? Well, sometimes you need them. On a recent SMSKN trip from Bailey Point to Jewell Island, five paddlers learned the importance of all of these elements when dealing with capsizes, cold water, and exhaustion on a windy afternoon in April. Listen to what happened and what we all learned as we candidly share our analysis of the situations and decisions during this ordinary-turned-epic trip.

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May, 2021: How to Organize! Or – How to Organize a SMSKN Paddling Trip

Ever wondered about organizing a SMSKN trip? Puzzled over who can do it and what’s involved? In this presentation Janet Robinson talks about how to become an official “Organizer” and what the expectations are, how to post a trip and what to say in the description, and then basic on-water practices to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time.

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2021 April presentation

April, 2021: Ten Easy Kayaking Trips in Casco Bay

Ready to get out on the water, but not sure where to go? Then join SMSKN member Greg Fergin as he describes ten scenic and easily manageable kayaking trips throughout Casco Bay. Enrich the discussion with your own suggestions and favorites, and get ready to plan many great paddling trips this season.

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February, 2021: Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Tim Glidden, President of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust speaks on the mission and role of the Trust and how it relates to kayaking. Founded in 1970 the Trust is best known for its 143 reserves (including such local favorites as the Goslings, Whaleboat, Clapboard, and Malaga). It also holds more than 300 easements and, working with its partners, has conserved more than 155,000 acres of Maine’s best. MCHT also conducts a wide range of programs aimed at protecting the coast. Tim has spoken to us before in his previous role with Land for Maine’s Future.

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January, 2021: Planning and Completing a Maine Coast Traverse

Ever thought about paddling the whole Maine Coast? Come hear Suzanne Blackburn and Janet Robinson describe how they planned their 2020 coastal traverse and then enjoy an account of the adventures and challenges of the trip itself. Learn about scheduling, route development, food planning, navigation, WAG BAGS! gear and other details, and then be inspired by some of the gorgeous scenery that the Maine coast offers along the route.

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November, 2020: Sea Kayaking Video: Shoot, Edit, Share

On-the-water photography presentation by member Tom Allen of Harpswell. You may have seen him on the water with his GoPro rig shooting video during SMSKN trips. In this presentation Tom gives a run down of his on-water and computer gear, how he edits his video, how he shares the completed videos, and stores and organizes the raw footage. Q&A session to follow presentation. Share your own strategies for shooting photos and video. You can view the video of the recent SMSKN trip around Cushing Island on October 31 at Tom’s YouTube channel, Kayak Reflections, here:

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