Perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who needs a great refresher course, our combination course teaches basic kayaking strokes and skills, plus safety techniques.
In small groups with knowledgeable instructors, you'll receive friendly, personal attention and one-on-one coaching. We'll explain kayak design, paddling terminology and boat fit. You will learn the proper mechanics for the forward stroke, turning strokes like the forward and reverse sweep and stern draw, plus safety techniques including wet exits, T-rescue and self rescue with a paddle float. Then you'll take a short, guided tour using your new skills, enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
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.
*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.