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Introduction to Recreational Kayaking Course

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Our four-hour comprehensive introduction to kayaking is a fun way to learn from expert instructors the fundamental skills and safety techniques you'll need to discover new waterways.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

This course covers all the basic skills and safety techniques you'll need to paddle on your own. You'll learn the essentials of recreational kayaking, including car-top transport, launching techniques, paddling equipment, kayaking safety, reading weather conditions, boat storage and more.

After brief introductions, our expert paddling instructors will explain kayak design and boat fit. You'll learn about paddling terminology and basic paddling strokes. Our guides will lead you step by step through each stroke, helping you hone and refine your abilities throughout the course. You'll learn the proper forward, reverse and sweep strokes, allowing you to paddle straighter, turn quicker and navigate around obstacles.

When you are confident in your abilities, you'll take a short, guided tour with the group, getting a close-up view of the wildlife that inhabit these waters. Our skilled guides will happily share their extensive knowledge of the sport of kayaking, the local waters and the history of the surrounding area.

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
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • 10-foot or longer solo recreational kayak, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD† (Please note: only for courses outside of Maine)

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
Average Rating 
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59  out of  59 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
October 9, 2018
Best Course Around for Beginners
We were searching for a good kayaking class for beginners. Tried a few in the Philly area, each a disappointment. Then we discovered LL Beans Outdoor Discovery... more
Philadelphia, PA
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5 / 5
September 9, 2018
Great Course w/Excellent Instructors
The Intro to Recreational Kayaking is a great course for those looking to further pursue the sport. Stacy and Matt are very knowledgeable and excellent... more
Staten Island, NY
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5 / 5
July 14, 2018
Fun day learning to kayak
Wow, what an informative and fun time. Our instructor, Paul from the Legacy Village Store, covered the history of the kayak, the terminology for the parts... more
Ohio
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
July 1, 2018
So fun and learned everything and more!
After having a great experience taking the Kayaking Discovery course I wanted to learn more and this "Introduction" course was above and beyond... more
Limerick
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
June 28, 2018
Excellent
Eric and Kelly where our guides ,did a great job A+ very knowledgeable .
Augusta,me
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5 / 5
June 26, 2018
Take this class first
If you are at all interested in kayaking take this class first. You will learn SO much! You will learn the correct way to do everything. The instructors... more
Scarborough, ME
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
May 27, 2018
GREAT CLASS
I don't now if my first review will post so here is a shorter second. Don't worry if you are learning solo. My instructors, Ruth, Gary, and Bill,... more
BOONTON, NJ
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 25, 2017
Introduction to Kayaking Course
First time kayaking and Lisa showed me everything I needed to know. I will definitely be taking more classes offered through your store and look forward... more
MA
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 22, 2017
Excellent course!
My wife and I attended this course in Ringwood in August. Nina and Stefan were the primary trainers. We also had Beth, a trainer in training as well... more
Morris County, NJ
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 20, 2017
Wonderful birthday experience!
This was a gift shared with my daughter and was a great experience. Amy and Curt, our instructors, were an excellent team - knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic... more
Fairfax, VA
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