Our Registered Maine Guide Staff

All of our guides are Licensed / Registered Maine Guides to assure your safety while you enjoy paddling with us. A Guide Gratuity is a nice gesture for outstanding service.

A Registered Maine Guide License is no easy task to obtain. In addition to years of dedicated training, written and oral board exams are conducted by our governing body, the Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Our Sea Kayak Guides are with us during the
season in Maine because they love paddling and sharing the magical Acadia Waters.

Maine State Sea Kayak conducts pre-season training with emphasis on communication, safety, wildlife, ethics, navigation, emergency procedures, island use, and the like. The Sea Kayak Guide Staff takes paddling seriously and our perfect safety record is testimony to that.


Joel Beckwith

Joel Beckwith is a well known life long paddler and outdoor enthusiast. He has been leading people on outdoor adventures since the 1970's including canoeing Fur Trade Routes in Canada, up to month long kayak paddles on the Sea of Cortez, kayak circumnavigation of the Delmarva Peninsula, multi-week kayak trips on Lake Superiors Canadian Shoreline and Isle Royale. He is a respected longtime Everglades National Park Kayak Guide and a Registered Maine Guide for 8 years. Joel has taught many thousands of people to kayak and has worked as a kayak instructor and guide for LL Bean, Florida Bay Outfitters and Piney Run Nature Center, managed Springriver Baltimore and as a guide for Burnham Guides and Maine State Sea Kayak. Joel's greatest joy comes from sharing with others the wonders of nature. When not on the water Joel enjoys backpacking, bicycle touring and playing the banjo and guitar.

Adam Reno

Adam is a 3rd year sea kayak guide with a passion for adventure. In addition to his Maine Guide License, Adam is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is currently pursuing a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine in Orono. When he isn’t kayaking, Adam enjoys scaling cliffs, hiking mountains, napping in hammocks, eating pizza, and reading. After graduating, he hopes to travel the country, or the world if possible, in search of natural wonders and classic climbing and hiking before settling down.

Corky Potter

Corky has a graduate degree from the University of Illinois, spent 32 years as a faculty member at Penn State University where he created and directed Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. He is a registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide and member of the licensing Guide's Board for Maine Fish & Wildlife. In the off-season Corky is an organizational consultant facilitating strategic planning, team building and leadership development for non-profit and corporate groups. Corky has paddled the coast of Maine, Cape Cod, Nova Scotia, Alaska and off the coast of Washington State. He is a kayak instructor as well as a guide, is passionate about birds and natural history, enjoys biking, hiking, birding, music, gardening and spending time with Abbey, his Australian Shepherd.

Brad Jordan

A True Maine-iac, who spent most of his childhood in the Northern forests of Maine, Brad was first introduced to the world of Outdoor Recreation. Through his adventurous up-bringing he developed a passion for the outdoors that would last a lifetime. Brad is a 3rd year sea kayak guide who graduated from the University of Maine at Machias, Where he studied Marine biology and earned a degree in Environmental Recreation and Tourism management (specializing in Natural Resources). When he's not kayaking he is off conquering the peaks of Mount Desert Island... barefoot! He is full of crazy aspirations and his current challenge is planning an Appalachian Trail Thru-hike, barefoot of course. He aspires to one day become a Game Warden so he can give back to, and continue protecting the Northern forests he fell in love with as a child.

Our Support Staff: (Shop, Reservations, Shuttle Drivers)

If anyone on the Maine State Sea Kayak Staff can help you maximize your vacation to Acadia, let us know. We will be more than happy to recommend a hike, bike, out of the way picnic spot, swimming hole, fishing, restaurants and dining, ocean caves, etc.

Enjoy your vacation in Acadia.


Maine State Sea Kayak - 254 Main Street PO Box 97 Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
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