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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course

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Discover a new horizon and explore the exciting world of sea kayaking in this fun, full-day course.
  • Prerequisite: Kayaking experience helpful but not required
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who wants to start enjoying this popular sport, or a great refresher course for those who want more practice. Our course teaches basic kayaking strokes and skills, plus safety techniques.

In small groups led by our expert instructors – many ACA Certified – you'll receive friendly, personal attention and plenty of one-on-one coaching. We'll explain kayak design, paddling terminology and boat fit. You'll learn and practice wet exits, T-rescue and reentry with a paddle float, and learn strokes, such as the reverse, sweep, and stern draw. Expect to work hard, get wet, and see substantial improvements in your technique by the end of the course.

Our experienced guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for this healthy, low-impact sport, making your day even more enjoyable and inspiring.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

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
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Waterproof camera
  • 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
  • Hot showers
  • All meals and snacks
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFDs, etc.
Average Rating 
4.82 / 5
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11  out of  11 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
August 19, 2018
Amazing!
Terrific course...our instructor was Kevin...ask for him, he's that good...he is personable, encouraging and patient, patient, patient...everyone... more
Scarborough, Maine
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5 / 5
August 5, 2018
Learned to Thrive and Survive
My husband and I decided we wanted to get to know Kayaking since we are new to Maine. We do not have much experience in the boats, and even had turned... more
Brunswick, ME
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5 / 5
July 16, 2018
Confidence Building
My husband and I took the course in Nockamixon, PA to prepare for an upcoming kayak trip w/our adult children. We had some experience but I had never... more
Gaithersburg
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5 / 5
July 4, 2018
fun day on the water and good safety class
Pete H. and Mary were a great team. Basics in the morning, and rescue in the afternoon. Super important to be able to get back in boat if you're out.... more
Bangor, ME
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5 / 5
August 7, 2017
HAPPYKAYAKER
The course was way above my expectations! The instructors were fantastic in knowledge, coaching, and making the course a fun adventure. Top notch gear... more
Scarborough, ME
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5 / 5
September 12, 2015
Amazing experience
I've always enjoyed padding in any form but had limited training. I dragged my reluctant husband along on a recent weekend. We had a wonderful time and... more
candia nh
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5 / 5
August 31, 2015
A must take for kayakers
I took this course at Nockamixon with Harrison. I've been kayaking for a few years but I had no idea how much more I had to learn. This class is full of... more
Royersford, PA
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5 / 5
August 11, 2015
A Great experience!
My girlfriend and I took the Introduction to Sea Kayaking Combo Course at Nockamixon State Park in PA on July 26th. Our instructors were Harrison and Cie.... more
Pompton Lakes, NJ
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5 / 5
July 7, 2015
Huge confidence builder
This class was exactly what I was looking for. Chris and Pete were great instructors and made sure everyone had fun throughout the day. The first 1/2 of... more
Maine
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5 / 5
July 13, 2014
Great course, terrific instructors
I've been sea kayaking for about a year, and thought it was about time to get some safety training and real instruciton in paddling techniques. This course... more
Gorham, Maine
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
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