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Pinniped Kayak

61 Toashuh Way, Ellsworth, ME 04605-2600
+1 207-669-2174
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Family Adventure with a Smaller Safety Net

Our family enjoys adventures that expand our experience with a sport and challenge us. We try to... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2016
WhippetLisa
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thanks nate!

Nate runs an exceptional sea kayak instructional course. I took the class 3 years ago and I'm still... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2016
Kampmaac
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Brooklyn, New York
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We love kayaking, and we want to enable more paddlers to safely explore and enjoy the outstanding ocean kayaking venues our region is known for. Whether you aspire to enjoy quiet island sunsets, confidently lead a group of day paddlers, or surf the biggest tidal races in Maine, we want to help you realize your goals safely, knowledgeably, and with a giant grin on your face.
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61 Toashuh Way, Ellsworth, ME 04605-2600
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+1 207-669-2174

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Reviewed 19 June 2016

Our family enjoys adventures that expand our experience with a sport and challenge us. We try to fit such an adventure into every vacation. Last year it was backpacking the Kalalau Trail in Kawai'i. This year it was taking a day to learn how to...More

Thank WhippetLisa
NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

Thanks for the compliments. It was fun being a part of a new adventure with your kids. They did great!

Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Nate runs an exceptional sea kayak instructional course. I took the class 3 years ago and I'm still using all the skills I learned in his class today. The way he has the course set up just makes sense and his style of instruction is...More

Thank Kampmaac
NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Glad to hear that you're still enjoying kayaking. Thanks for the review!

Reviewed 27 May 2016

I have kayaked for years on lakes, rivers and even surfed the ocean, but I should have taken this type of lesson long ago. I learned so much about safety, and efficient use of my energy that I feel like it's a whole new sport...More

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NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2016

Thanks for the kind words! It's great to hear that you felt the lesson was so worthwhile. It was wonderful paddling with you. Have a great summer!

Reviewed 3 May 2016

Just completed two days of kayak skills training with Nate Hanson at Pinniped. He is an outstanding instructor. While working with a group of paddlers of widely differing experience and skills, Nate takes time with each participant individually, so that everyone gets advice adapted to...More

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NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2016

Thanks for the kind words! What you describe is exactly the learning environment that I try to create. I'm glad we managed to hit the mark last week. - Nate

Reviewed 27 August 2015

Friends and I took the Tidal Race and Rocks and Ledges clinics in August and it was the highlight of the summer. Sullivan Falls was awesome and Bar Harbour was interesting and challenging I cant wait to get back

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Reviewed 20 November 2014

Nate and his staff was great. Very helpful with lots of good tips. Sullivan Falls looked hard but once you get out their with Nate. He talked and show us how to do it and we try it and learned a lot and had fun...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2014

Nate has fantastic organizing skills, we plan this trip for nearly five months, while he was available to answer questions regarding skill level, equipment, physical considerations, diet needs, etc. He provided timely and clear information for an comfortable experience including suggested accommodation for the night...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2014

We recently id a white water and paddling un currents training at Sullivan Falls in Sullivan ME and the experience was awesome! Nate Hanson and the other instructors were phenominal and their experience and skills as sea kayaking instructors was unsurpassed. I highly recomend Pinniped...More

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NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2014

We're very glad that you enjoyed the course Neil. It was great to have you, and I hope to see you again in 2015!

Reviewed 15 November 2014

Pinniped Kayak offers top-notch kayak instruction. We hired Nate and Michael to give us instruction with moving water and currents at Sullivan Tidal Falls in Hancock, ME. We had a fairly large group of 10 paddlers. Pinniped took us on the water and quickly assessed...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2014

As an aspiring sea kayaker, I signed up for this course after speaking extensively with Nate about required skill level, anticipated conditions, and equipment. Aside from my love of Downeast Maine, the course was all I could have hoped for in terms of instruction and...More

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NateHanson, Owner at Pinniped Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2014

Thanks for sharing your experience! It was indeed a great trip! -Nate

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