Guide Resource List

The following materials can be used as study guides in becoming a registered Maine Guide. These materials should be used as reference materials only. You can obtain these materials at any IF&W Headquarters and at most Outdoor Activities retail stores and online at:

Laws, Rules and Other Study Materials

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* Available at the IF&W office in Augusta only at 207-287-8000

** Available at the Safety Office in Augusta only at 207-287-5220

Tidewater and Sea Kayak applicants may request additional information from the Augusta office.

The Oral exam process will start with the examiners testing your map and compass skills. You will be required to provide bearings and distances derived from a map which will be provided for the exam.

In the Catastrophic event portion of the exam you will be asked to explain to the board what steps you should take to keep your guests comfortable and safe. You may also be asked to explain to the board the steps you would take if you were to have a lost client or clients on any given trip for the classification in which you are being tested.

The oral exam will cover General client care issues, weather related questions, first aid, safety, ethics, legal business practices, behavior of clients, aquatic vegetation, clothing, sanitation, watercraft, snowmobile and ATV laws and regulations, map & compass, GPS, ammunition identification, fishing fly identification, mammal identification, fish identification,  personal floatation device and waterfowl identification.

After successful completion of the oral exam, you will be scheduled for the written exam in the following categories based on the type of guiding you intend to do. A minimum score of 70 is required to pass each classification. A candidate must take a written exam for each classification desired. Keeping in mind this is only an overview of potential questions.

Recreation – Safety, Map & Compass, GPS, Canoeing, Recreation, Watercraft, Snowmobile and ATV Laws & Regulations, Related equipment, Wildlife facts & Camping.

Fishing – Safety, Map & Compass, GPS, Fishing regulations, Bag limits, Watercraft, Snowmobile and ATV Laws & Regulations, Fishing Equipment, Fish habitat and Aquatic vegetation, Wildlife facts & Camping.

Hunting – Safety, Map & Compass, GPS, Mammal habitat, Firearms, Hunting regulations, Hunting equipment, Trapping regulations, Watercraft, Snowmobile and ATV Laws & Regulations, bag limits, Wildlife facts and Camping

Questions will be asked in reference to safety, outdoor cooking, handling of canoes, watercraft terminology, rescue techniques, aids to navigation and navigation law, snowmobile, ATV, personal watercraft rules and regulations.

Your personal experiences and acquired knowledge in the woods and waters are essential in the preparation for becoming a Maine Guide.

Books, brochures, videos, and various other resources exist that will assist you in preparation for the Maine Guide exam. Although there are too many to mention, we can suggest a few publications and other materials that may be of some benefit to you:

  • Peterson Field Guides
  • National Audubon Pocket Guides
  • LeMaster Method of Waterfowl Identification
  • Birds of North America
  • Fishes of Maine
  • Mammal Identification Posters - IF&W
  • A Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants - DEP
  • River Rescue by Les Betchel and Slim Ray
  • AMC River Guide
  • Heads Up The American Canoe Association
  • LL Bean Guide to Canoeing - Ken Stone
  • Master Guide Handbook - Outdoor Adventure Trips - Gil Gilpatrick
  • Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook - Jeff Isac/Peter Goth
  • The NOLS Cookery - National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Beyond the Paddle - Garret Conover
  • ACA Instructions Manual - Laurie Gullion
  • Be an Expert with Map & Compass - Bjorn Kjellstrom
  • US Coast Guard Advanced Navigation and Rules - USCG Auxiliary
  • Visual Distress Signals - USCG Auxiliary
  • Hypothermia, The Chill That Need Not Kill

Additional Information:

Guide Preparation Courses:

Alice's Awesome Adventures
Alice Bean Andrenyak
17 Webb Field Rd Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 729-6333

Maine Maritime Academy
Continuing Ed/Castine Kayak
Castine, ME
(207) 326-2211
Ardvark Outfitters
Farmington, ME
(207) 778-3330
Maine's Outdoor Learning Center
Belfast, ME
(207) 290-1496
Biddeford Recreation Department
Biddeford, ME
(207) 283-0841 Ext 105
Maine Sports Outfitters
Rockport, ME
(207) 236-8797
Caribou Adult Ed
Caribou, ME
(207) 493-4272
Maine Wilderness Guides Organization
126 Western Avenue #155
Augusta, ME 04330
Castine Kayak Adventure
Castine and Orono, ME
(207) 866-3506
National Park Outdoor
Mt. Desert, ME
(207) 288-0007
Cedar Ridge
Jackman, ME
(207) 668-4169
Northeast Guide Service
Sebago, ME
(207) 787-4437
Coastal Kayaking
Bar Harbor, ME
(207) 288-8118
Northern M.O.S.S.
Maine Outdoor School
25 Church Hill Rd
Augusta , ME

(207) 626-9260

Coastal Maine Kayak
Kennebunk, ME
(207) 468-3550
Old Quarry Ocean Adventure
Stonington, ME
(207) 367-8977
Finns and Antlers Guide Service and Outdoor Courses
Fritz Todenhagen
65 St Albans Road
Corinna, ME 04928

(207) 991-2412

Outdoor Leaders Trainers of America
Durham, ME
(207) 720-0257
Fins & Furs Adventures
Skowhegan, ME
(207) 474-5430
Southern Maine Guide Service
Parsonsfield, ME
(207) 793-2652
Fairfield, ME
(207) 453-5116
Tidal Transit Kayak
18 Granary Way
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

(207) 633-7140

Lincoln Canoe & Kayak
Freeport, ME
(207) 865-0455
United Tec Center
Bangor, ME
(207) 942-5296
LL Bean
Freeport, ME
(207) 865-4100
Washington County Community College
1 College Drive
Calais, Me 04619

(207) 454-1031


Maine Guided Hunts
40 Butler Road
North Berwick, ME 03906