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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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  • 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)

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  • 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.
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5 / 5
September 20, 2020
Intro to Rec Kayaking
Really enjoyed this class and recommend it to others who want to learn the basics of kayaking. The instructors, Christine and Analise were very knowledgeable,... more
Elk Grove, IL
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5 / 5
August 24, 2020
FANTASTIC KAYAKING CLASS
This class was FANTASTIC! The LL Bean staff members were friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. They taught us how to put on a life vest properly,... more
Albany NY
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5 / 5
August 24, 2020
Highly Recommend - learned a lot !
I took this course in August 2020. Dave the course instructor exceeded my expectations. He was so knowledgeable and made sure he covered all of my questions.... more
Pittsburgh
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5 / 5
August 24, 2020
Great intro to Kayaking!
A really enjoyable day out with Mike and Jason (I hope I didn’t screw up the 2nd name!). Both were upbeat, friendly and full of very useful tips. I highly... more
Philly
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5 / 5
August 9, 2020
Intro to recreational kayaking
Excellent course, and would highly recommend. Our instructor David was very knowledgable in all aspects of Kayaking, and was a very good and patient teacher.... more
gibsonia, PA
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5 / 5
August 8, 2020
Great Learning Experience
Had a great time learning safety tips and tricks as we paddled along the Dedham Water Trail. Sandy and Rachel were amazing and informative not only on... more
Boston, MA
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
August 4, 2020
Thorough introduction to kayacking!
My husband, two daughters and I participated in this course and enjoyed it immensely. Not only did we learn the basics of kayaking we also saw a few rescue... more
Poconos
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5 / 5
August 2, 2020
Great Course
Plenty of time on the water. Really got me looking for more experiences on the water and with instructors from LL Bean especially. Actually signed up... more
PA
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5 / 5
September 30, 2019
A Necessary Course
I have kayaked before and have previously taken this course. It is one I highly recommend. A lot to learn in 4 hours. At Marsh Creek SP on 9/15/19,... more
Staten Island, NY
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5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
September 11, 2019
Fun and safe introduction to kayaking
Sarah and Lee were excellent instructors and the class was both fun and informative! My husband and I and our 12-year old son have only been kayaking... more
Southern Maine
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3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
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