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Registered Maine Recreational Guide Preparation Course

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Our comprehensive six-day course will teach you everything you need to be an outdoor guide, including information about the business of guiding, outdoor safety and risk management.
  • Prerequisite: Previous outdoor recreation experience
  • Activity level: Easy to moderate
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-270-2326

Course Description

In our six-day guide preparatory course, you'll learn a range of technical guiding skills to prepare you for leading day and overnight trips for backcountry camping, backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing and more.

Our course is taught by Registered Maine Guides who'll share their wisdom and guiding experiences. You'll learn the foundational concepts of guiding and all the necessary outdoor skills you'll need for safely leading clients in the Maine woods. They'll review the various laws governing the outdoors and how to prepare for canoeing, hiking and winter camping trips. You'll practice lost-person scenarios and be trained in search-and-rescue techniques – essential for responsible guides. You'll also learn map skills and how to effectively use a compass. One day will be spent on the water with coaching on canoe skills.

You'll round out your knowledge with instruction on reading the weather, plus tips on trip planning, camp cooking and Leave No Trace® principles. And even if you're not planning to be a guide, our course is simply the best way to enhance your outdoor skills and knowledge.

This six-day course is offered Friday night and all-day Saturday and Sunday over two weekends. Note: Participation does not guarantee passing the State Guide Exam. Itinerary subject to change at instructors' discretion. Exam is not part of this course.

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.

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What to Bring
  • Weather-and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Activity appropriate, closed-toed shoes
  • 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)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Pencil and paper

  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Baseplate compass

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Handouts and course materials
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: canoes, paddles, PFDs, etc.
Average Ratings
5 / 5
May 2, 2019
If you're looking for a course that will help you become more comfortable taking other people outside in the woods, on the trail, or on inland waters,... more
Portland, ME
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5 / 5
October 7, 2015
Awesome Course!
LLBean hit this one out of the park! I highly recommend this course to any person who loves the Maine outdoors, and wants to take their knowledge to the... more
Hallowell, ME
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5 / 5
October 6, 2015
Worth Every Penny
These instructors are top notch. They know their material and deliver it in a manner that allows participants to immediately deploy the skills taught.... more
Old Town, ME
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
June 13, 2015
Great Program
I took this course. It was well taught, informative, and fun. Would highly recommend it. The instructors - Steve C., Kevin H., Moe A., Mike H, and Peter... more
Bath, ME
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
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