"I do feel an increased confidence but more importantly an increased respect for being prepared and knowledgeable. The courses you offer
are a unique opportunity to gain skills that might otherwise be aquired through a more foolish or haphazzard approach."
— L. D. Warner
Since 1986 MIKCO has provided sea kayaking courses for beginners (ranging from those wondering if the sport is for them to lower novices improving the range of their strokes), experienced paddlers aspiring to become Competent Coastal Kayakers, and more advanced expeditioners seeking real world rough water experience and B.C.U. Coach or Maine Guide certifications.
MIKCO is a Nordkapp Trust Premiere Sea Kayaking Centre. Our Registered Maine Guides and B.C.U. trained coaches have helped hundreds get a paddle wet. We believe our progressive formats will tune you into this great sport and take you beyond simple rescues and basic maneuvering to making rewarding decisions on the ever-changing sea.
Maine Island Kayak Cos traditional on water courses are designed to provide effective learning of boat handling skills, safety and seamanship with an awareness of the magic of our marine environment. Regardless of your level of commitment, safe sea paddling requires good seamanship and effective decision-making for your group.
Any MIKCo course is available for private booking with your group of 4 or more. And we continue to offer Private Courses, Trips and Trainings to your group of friends or business associates turn key or a la carte.
Fundamentals 1-4 are basic free standing day-long modular offerings.
Fundamentals 1 and Fundamentals 2 provide a portrait of the knowledge and skill sets that a beginning sea paddler should consider having on board.
Fundamentals 3 introduces applied strokes in light conditions.
Fastrack 3 day and Fastrack 5 day courses remain a quick paced alternative to Fundamentals 1-4 with some surfing and rock garden play included. Fastracks are presented in a goal oriented format with emphasis on learning styles to maximize the learning experience and time on the water.
Fundamentals 3 and Fundamentals 4 offer depth to the novice paddler. Expedition Training is for those comfortable with the fundamentals and ready for improvement of their overnight journeying. Rocks & Ledges and Surf & Rescue are for paddlers ready for rough water development with a developing commitment to their paddle - a roll is advisable.
Join in with our visiting Instructors and Coaches for Maine Guide Training, BCU 5 Star Training, Rough Water Training and Expeditioning in the Gulf of Maine, Sea of Cortez and Wales, along with BCU Coach Trainings and Assessments, Coach 2, Coach 3 Sea. BCU 2 Star and BCU 3 Star are solid intermediate paddle skill courses for those with the basics in place. BCU 4 Star adds simple environmental understanding to the basics with conditions up to Force 4.