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Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island

2020 Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island Kayaking Weekends

Several times a year, from May through November, the Knubble Bay Camp and Beal Island volunteer committee offers kayaking weekends based at the cabin or the island. The emphasis is on good company, good food, and good times. Weekends are organized around an all-day paddle Saturday and half-day paddle Sunday. Breakfasts and supper are provided by the committee, as well as guided explorations into some of the area’s most fascinating spots.

Though some trips are restricted to more advanced paddlers, others are open to all levels of experience. All weekends are led by volunteer AMC members, not certified guides. Advanced registration, health information and liability waivers are required.


SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) May 2 3, 2020 (Fri Sun)

Learn how to manage an emergency in the backcountry from a Solo certified instructor. This comprehensive two day course at Knubble Bay Camp is a fast paced, hands-on training program. It's designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Instruction is Saturday and Sunday, but come up on Friday afternoon/evening to spend time in the beautiful Knubble Bay Cabin on the Maine coast. Limited slots, so register right away

Fee includes two days of WFA instruction by a certified SOLO instructor, Friday & Saturday night lodging, and all meals. Optional CPR certification is also available, for an additional $40.

Leader: Gail Fensom
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
$260 (AMC members)    $280 (non-members)


Beat the Bugs and go Sea Kayaking May 15 17, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

Are you as ready to get back into your boat as we are? Experience the magic of coastal Maine before the season turns. We are a knowledgeable and friendly group who manage Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown. Stay overnight Friday and Saturday in our beautiful cabin, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday. (We are known for our excellent food). Meet other like-minded paddlers. We'll spend the day Saturday on the water, and a half day on Sunday. Wet- or dry-suits required. Open to Level 2 paddlers and above. Don't wait. This will fill fast. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks/wet suits and other equipment can be rented/delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-404-1100) or email: info@seaspraykayaking.com. Trip Rating: Level 2.

Leader: Dave Jordan
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
$120 (AMC members)    $140 (non-members)


Coastal Navigation and Trip Planning June 26 - 28, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

Ever been lost in the fog? Are you cautious about paddling in new surroundings? Join us for an enjoyable weekend on the Maine coast to learn basic coastal navigation. Our experienced instructors will help you use a compass and nautical charts, plot courses, and understand the causes and effects of tides. You'll learn how to plan day trips: expected traveling speeds, effects of wind and current, how to adjust course. Foundations covered in "class time" on Saturday, but then we're out on the water. Small groups will follow student-plotted courses (Don't worry. You'll get back safely.) Sunday we are on the water again to plot a route and return by noon. You'll receive a packet of materials and a Small Craft NAV-AID course plotter to take home.

Cost includes instruction, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, Saturday dinner (our food is legendary), two nights lodging at beautiful Knubble Bay camp right on the Maine coast. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented from Seaspray Kayaking at 207-404-1100 or email: info@seaspraykayaking.com. They deliver right to our camp. Hurry. This one fills fast. Trip Rating: Level 1.

Leaders: Steve Formisani & Frank Polito
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
$160 (AMC members)    $185 (non-members)


Transition to Sea Kayaking – July 10 - 12, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

This is one of our most popular weekends. If you have been mostly exploring flatwater in your kayak but want to try something a bit more challenging, join us for a weekend of ocean paddling where you'll get some exposure to tidal currents, waves, and open water along the Maine coast, all with the support of experienced and friendly sea kayakers. We'll spend a little time discussing traveling safely on the water, and will offer paddling feedback to those who are interested. Saturday afternoon will include an optional rescue practice session and gear talk. We'll cover roughly 7-9 miles on Saturday and 5-6 miles on Sunday.

Cost includes two breakfasts and Saturday dinner, two nights lodging at Knubble Bay Camp on the Maine coast, paddling on the Maine coast with experienced paddlers all day Saturday and half day on Sunday. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking at 207-404-1100 or email: info@seaspraykayaking.com. Trip Rating: Level 1 and above.

Leader: Steve Formisani
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
$160 (AMC members)    $185 (non-members)


Sea Kayaks and Lobsters August 7 9, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

Imagine a beautiful day paddle in mid-coast Maine, a steaming lobster with all the fix’ns, and stories and s'mores around the campfire. Sleep in the cabin or tent outside under the pines and check out the seals and osprey. Experienced and friendly sea kayakers will lead you on a day paddle Saturday and serve you a meal to remember that evening. After breakfast Sunday morning, we will go out again for a half-day paddle. Our aim is to have fun, be safe, and eat lots. This is the weekend we are famous for, so sign up quickly.

Cost includes breakfast Saturday morning, day paddle on Saturday led by experienced sea kayakers, a lobster dinner to remember when you return, another breakfast served Sunday morning, followed by a half day paddle. Two nights of lodging at Knubble Bay Camp on Friday and Saturday nights. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-404-1100 or email: info@seaspraykayaking.com). Trip Rating: Based on group, Level 1 and above.

Leader: Paul Egbert
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
$175 (AMC members)    $200 (non-members)


ACA Level 2 Essentials of Sea Kayaking Touring – September 11 - 13, 2020 (Fri - Sun)

Want new confidence as a kayaker? Friendly, experienced kayakers and an ACA (American Canoe Association) instructor lead you through paddle strokes and rescue techniques that can change your paddling game. Sheltered marine environment. Individual and small group instruction. Visit AmericanCanoe.org for a sample of the skills course.

Open to both weekenders (Saturday and Sunday) and day trippers (Saturday). For Weekenders cost includes two breakfasts and Saturday dinner, two nights lodging at Knubble Bay Camp on the Maine coast, paddling with experienced paddlers all day Saturday and half day on Sunday. For Day Trippers cost includes paddling with experienced paddlers all day Saturday. Bring or rent kayaks. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-404-1100 or email: info@seaspraykayaking.com). Trip Rating: Based on group, Level 1 and above.

Leader: Mary McCann Baker
Contact: gailrond@comcast.net
Weekenders: $160 (AMC members)   $185 (non-members)
Day Trippers: $85 (AMC members)    $98 (non-members)

 


Knubble Bay Camp Trip Ratings

Level 1 - Advanced Beginner  Level 2 - Intermediate  Level 3 - Advanced

  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Trip Distance (miles) 5-7 8-13 14-18
Time on Water (hours) 3-4 4-5 5-7
Time Between Breaks (hours) up to 1.5 up to 2 up to 2.5
Avg. Paddling Speed (knots/hour) 1.5 2.5 2-3 3-4
Wind Speed (knots) < 10 < 15 < 20
Waves (feet) < 1.5 < 3 < 5
Typical Current (knots) < 1 < 2 < 3
Distance from shore (miles) < .5 < 1 < 2
Minimum Rescue Skills and [desired] wet exit w/spray skirt [assisted re-entry] all Level 1 + [self rescue] [rescue others] all Level 2 + [in rough seas] [towing]

*All AMC KBC trips are lead by AMC Volunteers, not certified guides. Liability waivers are required to participate.

*Our cancellation policy is a full refund if alerted one week before the trip departure date (Friday). However, if we can fill the spot from the waitlist, a full refund will be given.

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