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Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide Preparation Course

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Our comprehensive six-day course will teach you everything you need to become a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide.
  • Prerequisite: Previous ocean paddling experience
  • Activity level: Easy to moderate
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Whether your focus is personal enrichment or professional development, this course will enhance your leadership and safety skills, plus prepare you for the Maine State Guide exam and obtaining your Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide's License.

During the course, you'll cover a broad range of responsibilities and skills required of Maine Guides.

And there's no better way to learn them than from experienced Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides. They'll share with you their years of accumulated guiding wisdom and teach you the practical aspects of the guiding business, including safety and risk management. You'll review sea kayak skills and rescues. You'll practice lost person scenarios and be trained in search and rescue techniques – essential for responsible guides. Your guides will coach you on pre-trip and on-water navigation and how to effectively utilize and interpret all the information found on a nautical chart. We do not send course materials in advance.

You'll round out your knowledge with instruction on reading the weather, plus tips on trip planning 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. Two days will be spent on the water, weather permitting. Note: Participation does not guarantee passing the State Guide Exam or obtaining your Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide's License. Exam is not part of this course. Minimum age to take the State Guide Exam is 18.

A Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide's License is now required by the state for guiding kayak and stand-up paddleboard programs in Maine's coastal waters.

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*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • 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 dry suit
  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Pogies or neoprene gloves
  • 14.5-foot or longer sea kayak with two bulkheads, spray skirt, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Handouts and course materials
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFDs, etc.
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