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Knubble Bay Camp & Beal Island

2019 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) April 26 28, 2019 (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, Friday & Saturday night lodging, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, Saturday lunch, and a hearty dinner Saturday night. Optional CPR certification (with fee of $35 paid directly to instructor) is also available.

Leader: Gail Fensom
$260 (AMC members)    $300 (non-members)

Beat the Bugs and go Sea Kayaking May 17 19, 2019 (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 (207-443-3646).

Trip Rating: Level 2.

Leader: Dave Jordan
$120 (AMC members)    $140 (non-members)

Coastal Navigation and Trip Planning June 28 - 30, 2019 (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 207-443-3646 or email: They deliver right to our camp. Hurry. This one fills fast.

Trip Rating: Level 1.

Leaders: Steve Formisani & Frank Polito
$160 (AMC members)    $185 (non-members)

Sea Kayaks and Lobsters August 9 11, 2019 (Fri - Sun)

Imagine a beautiful day paddle in mid-coast Maine, a steaming lobster bake on the beach, and stories and s'mores around the campfire. We will guide you over to Beal Island Friday afternoon/evening, where you can set up your tent under the pines or in the grassy field, and check out the seals and osprey. Wake up to breakfast on the beach. 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 served on the beach, day paddle on Saturday led by experienced sea kayakers, a lobster bake to remember when you return, another breakfast served on the beach Sunday morning, followed by a half day paddle. Camping on Beal Island Friday and Saturday nights. Kayaks and other equipment can be rented and delivered from Seaspray Kayaking (207-443-3646 or email: Trip Rating: Based on group, Level 1 and Level 2 trips likely available on this weekend.

Leader: Mary McCann-Baker
$175 (AMC members)    $200 (non-members)

Transition to Sea Kayaking September 6 - 8, 2019 (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 (207-443-3646 or email: Trip Rating: Level 1.

Leader: Steve Formisani
$160 (AMC members)    $185 (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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