Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC offers you the sea kayak as an exciting way to discover Rockland Harbor, nearby lighthouses, and the marine and wildlife of beautiful Penobscot and Muscongus Bays. To find out more about our area, refer to Our Location page of this website.
Our single and double fiberglass and plastic expedition sea kayaks are very stable, comfortable, and easy to paddle for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. We will begin tours with basic paddling and safety instruction as needed.
We offer a number of stimulating tours of varying duration and interests from our Rockland Harbor base and other points of departure along Maine’s mid-coast. Our selection of trips and tours can accommodate nearly any skill level, schedule, and budget. For trip descriptions, follow our various links.
Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC professional registered Maine guides pride themselves in providing you with a safe, educational, and stimulating trip. In addition to promoting safety, our guides respect our fragile coastal environment by teaching our guests about the area’s wildlife with minimal disturbance and by using low impact camping techniques. Our priorities are to keep you safe on the water, to teach you about local and natural history of the area, and to ensure that you have a fantastic experience on your sea kayak tour. To find out more about us, go to Our Guides.
No matter what your skill level or interests, we will be glad to direct you to the tour that suits your needs. Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC specializes in educational and fun natural history tours. We will design adventure learning trips for groups, camps, schools, and families interested in the marine environments of mid-coast Maine. Custom trips can be tailored to a group’s specific interests and length of time available for the trip.
Safety Policy & Wilderness Ethics
As experienced paddlers and a fully insure sea kayaking outfitter with trained licensed guides, we have first hand experience with the risks associated with paddling in the cold waters of Maine. Together, the water temperature and quickly changing weather patterns create the greatest risk for paddling here, hypothermia. As a result, we are constantly monitoring the weather and sea conditions and changing our trip itinerary as needed to ensure your safety.
Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC uses only top quality equipment, including fiberglass and plastic single and double expedition sea kayaks with sealed bulkheads and rudders. Equipment for every guided trip includes a wilderness first aid kit, flare/signal kit, VHF/weather radio, tow ropes, extra paddle and clothing, and a bilge pump and paddle float for each boat. Our goal is to be prepared with the proper equipment and a skilled guide with the concern and professionalism to provide you with a safe, informative, and enjoyable sea kayak adventure.
In addition to safety, we have the added responsibility of taking care of the fragile coastal environments in the mid-coast area. To this end, we teach and emulate the best low impact camping techniques available. We keep our group size small (eight person maximum on multi-day trips) and multiple sites (both public and private) to minimize the impact on the natural environments of our area.
Most of the Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC staff have active volunteer roles in land trusts and local environmental organization, which help to educate the public and protect and preserve this special part of the Maine coast. One of our goals is that the fun of a sea kayak tour creates an awareness of the beauty and fragility of our marine environments.
We hope to educate you about the local history and culture and the diversity of the wildlife living here. In addition, we want to help you slow down and reconnect to nature in an environmentally friendly manner through healthy exercise in a beautiful place.
Please treat yourself, and come join Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC on a rewarding sea kayak adventure in mid-coast Maine soon!
What does Breakwater Kayak, LLC provide?
Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC will provide friendly and informative registered Maine guides and all necessary sea kayak equipment, safety gear, cooking gear, utensils, and tents (on multi-day trips). Full day trips include a picnic lunch, and multi-day trips include expertly prepared delicious food for the duration of the tour (except breakfast on the first day).
What should you bring?
Breakwater Kayak Co., LLC recommends that you bring/wear clothing appropriate to the activity and weather. AVOID COTTON. We suggest the following clothing and other items so that you can be safe and comfortable and thoroughly enjoy your sea kayak adventure with us. Anything you need can be rented from nearby outfitters.
For all trips
- Footwear that can get wet
- Hat for sun cover
- Hat for warmth (fleece or wool during early or late season)
- Fleece top or equivalent (wool sweater)
- Lightweight polypro/fleece gloves (early/late season)
- Rain gear (hat, jacket, pants)
- Paddling jacket or windbreaker
- Quick drying shorts
- T-shirt (synthetic material)
- Bathing suit (optional)
- Water bottle (full!)
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Chap stick with sunscreen
- Sunglasses with strap
- Favorite high energy snack
- Binoculars/camera (waterproof suggested)
Required prescription medications and their uses must be noted on the enclosed Registration, Release, and Assumption of Risk Form. Bring double the amount needed with directions/doses written on an unbreakable, waterproof container.
You will not need much, if any, money during your trip. We suggest you bring $40-$50 to cover incidental expenses. Leave excess cash and valuables at home.
Additional items for multi-day trips
- Extra shoes (sneakers, etc.)
- 2 pairs polypro or wool socks
- 1 pair polypro long underwear (tops and bottoms)
- Quick dry pants and top
- fleece pants
- Small flashlight/headlamp (with extra batteries)
- Personal toiletry items
- Bug repellant
- Sleeping bag (down or fiberfill, not cotton)
- Sleeping pad (3/4 Thermarest® recommended)
- Binoculars with waterproof storage
- Camera with waterproof storage (or disposable waterproof camera)
- Paddling gloves
- Fanny pack
- Journal, book, pens/pencils (in reclosable plastic storage bags)
- Extra reclosable plastic storage bags to keep things dry