Helpful Hints

Where are the best kayaking locations on or around Sebago Lake?

There are too many to list here!  Check out our Trips and Adventures tab for a bunch of public launch points and recommended paddles.

How long are rental periods for?

We're very flexible.  As a guide we list rates by the day, and by the week. We consider a day any 24 hour period and a week is considered any consecutive 7 days.  So, you can rent anywhere from a single day for an afternoon paddle or two, to a few days to a few weeks, giving ample opportunity to explore the water around your cabin.

How long does it take to paddle, say, 1 mile?

An average paddler can achieve 1 to 3 mph for extended periods of time.  Someone who is strong and experienced could reach 4 to 6 mph.  Paddling with or against the tide of currents also affects traveling time.  So, The answer would be anywhere from less than 10 minutes, to more than an hour, depending on the paddler and conditions.  Paddling on flat water lakes, ponds and streams, plan on 20 to 30 minutes per mile; but take a little longer to explore and have fun!

Do I need to take a class or pass a test before I can go kayaking?

Although, we offer a paddling course through our association with a local registered Maine Guide, it is not necessary to take a course or pass a test to go recreational kayaking. If you have never been paddling before in a kayak, but are comfortable around the water, we can show you what you need to know in about 10 to 15 minutes.  Our paddling course can increase your knowledge and skills for recreational paddling which you may find beneficial.  Sea/touring and whitewater styles of kayaking involve more risk and require more knowledge and skills. We highly recommend taking a class before participating in those forms of kayaking.  We'd be happy to recommend outfitters along the Maine coast who specialize in sea/touring kayaking.  

What should I wear when going paddling?

First of all, be comfortable.  How you dress depends on the weather.  In any condition, clothes you wear should be the kind that dry quickly.  You will always get at least a little bit wet; from paddle drip, wave spray and your friends splashing you with their paddles, On a hot summer day, a bathing suit is good, but also a moisture wicking t shirt and a hat to provide protection from the sun.  The sun's rays are amplified when reflecting off the water.  Sunburn can come quickly.  Sunblock, spf 30 or higher, and insect repellent are highly recommended.  On colder days, synthetic materials that wick water away are best under a nylon outer shell.  Avoid cotton as it absorbs and holds water.  Clothes you wear to the Gym for exercising are good.  You feet will probably get wet getting in and out of your kayak.  Old sneakers are good, water shoes and sandals that have a strap around the foot are also good.  Flip flops are not as good as they can easily fall off your foot.  There are times when you may need to get out of the boat, and you'll want something on your feet.

Can I take food and drinks when I go paddling?

Do you have enough to share?  At the very least, take some water with you and stay well hydrated.  You'll be having a lot of fun, but also getting good exercise.  Energy bars and trail mix make for good snacks along the way and keep your energy level up. You can pack a soft cooler with a picnic and stow it behind the seat on most kayaks.  A 24-can cooler is the best size.  Stop at a remote sandbar or pine grove and enjoy your meal.  Please remember to carry-in/ carry-out all trash and items.  

 

Have a question about paddling in the Sebago Lakes Region or about renting a kayak from Sebago Trails Paddling Company?  Just send us an email at the link at the top of this page.

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