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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 
4.88 / 5
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16  out of  16 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
July 28, 2019
Great Course!
We've been in kayaks before, but took the class to learn both the "right way" to paddle and how to get back into our boats if things went... more
reading, ma
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5 / 5
July 10, 2019
Highly Recommend
The entire experience was topnotch- wonderful instructors, beautiful facility, quality gear. We will be back.
Deer Isle
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5 / 5
July 1, 2019
Great Time
This class gives you the skills and techniques to be more confident in getting outside and on the water. Lee and Ros were great at checking in with everyone,... more
Freeport
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5 / 5
June 30, 2019
Sea Kayaking - highly recommended
Due to weather interruptions (lightning) I ended taking this Introduction to Sea Kayaking twice. Both sets of dual instructors were excellent. They were... more
Chelmsford, MA
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5 / 5
June 25, 2019
Class act
My wife and I participated in a class with two other adults along with our coaches (Mike and Diane) mid-June. Overcast day and cool temps, but our guides... more
Adirondacks
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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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