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Learn the nautical navigation, maritime safety and trip-planning skills needed to kayak safely while out at sea.
  • Prerequisite: Some ocean/sea-kayak experience.
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Perfect for kayakers who want to learn how to read nautical charts, become safer paddlers and confidently explore more ocean environments.

This one-day course includes classroom time followed by an on-water navigation session to help you take your navigation skills to the next level. During the classroom lessons, kayakers will learn the Navigational Rules of the Road, plus all aspects of chart reading (colors, latitude, longitude, buoys and lights), dead reckoning, aiming off and how to triangulate your position. Students will also learn detailed tabletop trip planning as well as on-water deck-top navigation and course adjustment. In this course, kayakers will also gain a full understanding of tide/current logs, effects of fog, wind, waves, and boat traffic.

During the on-water lesson, students will test their skills by paddling a plotted route using deck-top navigation tools, conditions permitting.

If you have never taken a formal kayaking class, please see one of our Introduction to Sea Kayaking courses.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

†Please call ahead if you plan to use your own equipment as it must pass inspection by L.L.Bean staff before use. If it's deemed unsuitable, we will provide you with the necessary equipment.

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What to Bring
  • Weather-and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Water shoes or shoes you don't mind getting wet (closed-toe recommended)
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

Optional
  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • 14.5-foot-or-longer sea kayak with two bulkheads, paddle, spray skirt and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hot showers
  • All meals and snacks
  • All navigation equipment (deck-top compass, baseplate compass, charts, rulers, dividers, tide chart)
  • All necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
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sea kayaking navigation
I just completed the sea kayaking navigation course. My thought: a knowledge of navigation, whether you kayak on the ocean or large lakes with multiple... more
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