Resources


News and Blog Posts

MIKCO Blog - Tom and Joe's sea-level view of things.

MIKco Informational Documents

From knowing what to bring, to knowing your ability, to knowing how to leave only a wake these documents can help you get your bearings before you go and insure you make the most of your adventure.

Personal Clothing Checklist for Day and Half Day Trips (PDF)
Personal Equipment Checklist for Multi day Trips and all Courses (PDF)
Before You Go
Paddlers Simple Self Test

Leave No Trace - Maine guidelines, from MITA

MIKCO Educational Materials

Course Outlines
A reference point for developing your seamanship and small boat skills. These our the outlines and "class notes" pertaining to some our course content.

Ocean School Library
A developing resource of nformation on SAR, flora and fauna, oceanic issues and our impact on our environment. Part of the Ocean School curriculum, we'll be adding to this as time goes by.

Travels and Tall Tales:

A selection of kayak and maritime adventures. Have one of your own to share? Send it along.

Aleutian Islands, Stan Chladek and Brian Day

Man in Extreme Conditions, Antartica, Tom Bergh, Nigel Dennis and Stan Chladek

Easter Island; Stan Chladek and Nigel Dennis

Aunt Cathy Goes Downeast. A 2003 journey

Shumagin Islands 2004

Anglessey Trip Report 2006 by Andrea Hecht

5 Star Training at MIKCo - Unto the breach!

Confessions of a cold water paddler - Baja!

Native Poems - a souce of inspiration

The Impact of Color on Boat Performance

Kayak Crosses Atlantic Without a Paddler, yep, it was an NDK. (PDF) From Adventure Kayak Magazine

Charts

Charts and Maps an instructional guide from MIKCo's course materials.

 

Don't be caught at sea without your chart! The following PDF files are offered for your at-home research, but always use a full & complete

NOAA or similar chart with a compass rose and distance indicators when on the water...

 

Casco Bay/Portland Harbor

Casco Bay

Stonington

Downeast

Jonesport Archipelago

MIKco Recommended Weblinks

These web links are supplied as a public service. If you find any incorrect or dead links, If you know of any additional web links we'd like to know about, please drop us a line at info@maineislandkayak.com

Climate Change

US Government
NASA - Global Climate Change, Eye on the Sky. http://climate.nasa.gov/

National Climatic Data Center. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

National Science Foundation, Climate Change. http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/climate

NOAA Climate Service http://www.noaa.gov/climate.html

NOAA Paleoclimatology. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/paleo.html

EPA's Climate Change Page. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange

Global Change Research Page. http://www.globalchange.gov

Goddard Institute for Space Studies. http://www.giss.nasa.gov/

USDA Climate Change Resource Center. http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc

USDA Forest Service Resource Center. http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/resources_pdfs.shtml#roadmap

DOE Office of Policy, Climate Change. http://energy.gov/node/1939/climate-change


International
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. http://www.ipcc.ch

UN Framework Committee on Climate Change. http://unfccc.int/2860.php

UN Environment Program. http://www.unep.org

MET Office Climate Change. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-change

UK Dept of Energy and Climate Change. http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/what_we_do.aspx


Academic Non-Governmental
AAAS Global Climate Change Resources. http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/climate_change

AGU Position Statement, Human Impacts on Climate. http://www.agu.org/sci_pol/positions/climate_change2008.shtml

American Meteorological Society. http://www.ametsoc.org/atmospolicy/climatebriefing

Columbia Univ Earth Institute, Climate and Society. http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/2124

Scripps Institution of Oceanography. http://scripps.ucsd.edu

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Ocean and Climate Change. http://www.whoi.edu/occi/

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institue. Coastal Ocean Institute. http://www.whoi.edu/coi/

News and Books

Inside Climate Change News - http://insideclimatenews.org

The Underwater Times - news aggregator of marine interest

Global Warming Reader http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/gwr

Local Weather

Portland Buoy - Station 44007

National Weather Service Office - Portland/Gray, Maine

Portland Marine Forecast

Tide Charts for Southern Maine

Doppler Radar - Portland

National Weather Service, Maine forecast discussion (text)

Magic Seaweed- Higgens Beach surfers resource http://magicseaweed.com/Higgins-Beach-Surf-Photos/362/

Report from top of Mt Washington

Gulf of Maine, National, International Weather
US Surface Chart

US Surface Chart - color

GOMOOS Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System

Today's US Water Vapor

NOAA Weather Prediction Center

NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server

Ocean Weather Inc - maps

Mid-Atlantic Weather Station - Hurricanes and Tropics

North Atlantic Sea Height Wave Model

Anglesy North Wales weather, St Davids Head. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/marine/inshore_forecast.html#StDavidsHeadtoGreatOrmeHeadincludingStGeorgesChannel


Japan Tsunami Pictures and Videos:

Before and After Photos: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/14/japan-earthquake-before-and-after?intcmp=239

Flowing through housing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12735023

Front edge of Tsunami: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12725646

Flowing far inland: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709850

Wave ht from ground over houses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh4jIvDF8qw

State of Maine weblinks

Maine Shellfish Sanitation Hotline - red tide and other closures http://www.maine.gov/dmr/index.htm

Maine Department of Marine Resources http://www.maine.gov/dmr/index.htm

Department of Marine Resources species information

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environmenthttp://www.gulfofmaine.org/

GMRI, Gulf of Maine Research Institute http://www.gmri.org/

Gulf of Maine Area, Census of Marine Life http://www.gulfofmaine-census.org/about-the-gulf/oceanography/

Maine School of Marine Sciences http://www.umaine.edu/marine/index.php

Things to do around Gulf of Maine

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath,ME: http://www.bathmaine.com

'Admiral' Perry's Eagle Island in Casco Bay: http://www.mountwashington.org

Lobster boat tours in Portland harbor (good operation): http://www.luckycatch.com

Portland Schooner Co. Real Alden designed wooden schooners operating out of Portland, w good crews: http://www.portlandschooner.com

Casco Bay Lines cruises. Its worth a short walk around Cliff Island, if you want the 1950s tranquil experience. http://www.cascobaylines.com/cruises/scenic_cruises.htm

Rafting at the Forks w this group recommended (Kennebec Gorge trip): http://www.northernoutdoors.com/site/resort/the-forks-resort-center.html

Fishing Charter services: http://www.sportsmansresource.com/fchartersxmaine.htm

Mt Washington Observatory: http://www.mountwashington.org

Portsmouth NH Naval shipyard: http://www.portsnavalmuseums.com

General Kayaking

Paddling Planet - an international aggregator of sea kayaking blogs

QAJAQUSA.org all Greenland all the time. The original and truest GP site.

Radar, Reflectors and Sea Kayaks, A Visibility Study - (PDF) at the MASKGI site

Sea Kayak Float Plan - at MASKGI

BCU North Americahttp://www.bcuna.com/

Osher Map Library, USM. http://www.usm.maine.edu/maps/

Why is Carbon Fiber so Expensive: http://gizmodo.com/5843276/why-is-carbon-fiber-so-expensive

The Hurricane Riders of the Pacific NW (these boys have good fun). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhnLHwj_QFQ&feature=related

Romany Productions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0dOM0tLKck

SurfRider Foundationhttp://surfrider.org/

Recommended Paddling Centers

NDK Dealers and Expedition Centers around the Globe

San Juans, Body Boat Blade w/ Shawna and Leon Somme

North Carolina, Barrier Island Kayaks w/ Lamar Hudgens

Hudson River Valley, Atlantic Kayak Tours w/ Bill and Janice Lozano

Nova Scotia, Coastal Adventures

Florida, Sweetwater Kayaks w/ Russell Farrow

San Diego, Aqua Adventures w/ Jen Kleck

Kayak Waveology with Greg Paquin & Paula Riegel http://www.kayakwaveology.com/

Alaska Kayak School with Tom Pogson http://www.alaskakayakschool.com/

Cornwall, UK. Sea Kayaking Cornwall w Jeff and Simon. http://www.seakayakingcornwall.com

Isle of Mann. Adventurous Experiences w Keiron. http://www.adventurousexperiences.com/

Ireland. Deep Blue Sea w Des. http://www.deepblueseakayaking.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=79

Finland. Sea Kayaking Finland http://www.seakayakingfinland.com

Netherlands. Sea Kayaking w Mico and Axel. http://www.seakayak.nl

Norway. God Tur Norge, NDK Kayaks http://www.god-tur.no

Israel. Sea Kayaking w Terra Santa. http://www.seakayak.co.il/terra-santa-kayak-expeditions

Recommended Manufacturing Friends

Lendal Paddles http://www.lendal.com

Kokatat Gear Simply the Best. http://www.kokatat.com/

NDK Kayaks Proven worldwide. http://www.seakayakinguk.com

Snapdragon Designs Custom built skirts. http://snapdragondesign.com/

Northwater Paddle Sport Gear. Safety gear. http://www.northwater.com

Northwest River Supply good products, great service. http://www.nrsweb.com/

 

 

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future; it moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to a single shining bone cast up by the sea.”
Loren Eiseley