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Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue Course

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Learn how to rescue yourself and paddling partners on our expert-led kayaking rescues course.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Get ready for a great season of safe paddling. Perfect for recreational kayakers and anyone else who wants to enhance their kayaking skills, our small-group class gives paddlers the confidence to safely self-rescue and assist others during an unexpected capsize.

After reviewing kayak equipment, safety gear and preparedness, our expert guides will review step by step how to safely handle overturned kayaks and get back into the boat. During this in-water session, participants will learn about wet exits, self-rescue with the paddle float, partnership rescue, plus how to bail out a boat with bilge pump. Don't miss this important learning experience.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

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)

  • Wetsuit
  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Change of shoes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • 10-foot or longer solo recreational kayak, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFDs, etc.
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6  out of  6 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
July 14, 2019
Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue Course
This course is a MUST for anyone that kayaks. You will probably never fall out of your kayak on flat water but if you do, this course will give you an... more
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5 / 5
June 16, 2019
Expertly led class
This safety class should be on every kayakers to-do-list. It provides the confidence you need to get on the water in a kayak and rescue yourself or a... more
Pittsburgh, PA
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5 / 5
August 12, 2018
The BEST beginner's Kayak course in existence
The class gives you the confidence to kayak without fear of capsizing because you now know exactly what to do to get yourself right side up. Excellent... more
Pittsburgh, PA
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5 / 5
August 10, 2018
Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue Course
RE: course held on 8/4/18 at Nockamixon State Park. Stacy and Gale did a great job explaining and demonstrating various procedures. Plenty... more
Devon, Pennsylvania
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5 / 5
October 1, 2017
If you're on the water, you need these skills
I attended this course in Ringwood NJ. After a few times on the water with Outdoor Adventures and now out in our own boats, I felt strongly about knowing... more
Morris County, NJ
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5 / 5
August 21, 2017
outdoor discovery school
I participated in the kayak safety and rescue class I would highly reccomend it to any one getting in this sport. Staff were very knowledgeable and made... more
Sodus ny
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