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Our fun, full-day sea kayaking course will have you going farther and faster in a kayak. Join Registered Maine Guides for a skills workshop in advanced strokes and safety techniques.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Sea Kayaking
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Improve your paddling efficiency, ability and confidence in this full-day course – the perfect follow-up to our Introduction to Sea Kayaking. Offered in the natural beauty and relaxed seaside surroundings of Casco Bay, this information-packed day of instruction will prepare you for more ambitious kayaking adventures.

In a small-class environment, our experts will teach you edging, bracing and sculling techniques. Edging will enhance your boat handling skills like turning while underway or staying on course in a breeze. Bracing and sculling will help prevent capsizing, giving you the confidence to really utilize the edging component.

With edging and bracing practice, capsizes are bound to happen. Our experts will demonstrate some advanced rescue techniques that go beyond the paddle float rescue taught in our Introduction to Sea Kayaking course.

You'll have plenty of time to practice the basic body mechanics of these advanced paddling strokes and boat handling skills. You will also learn how to effectively move your kayak laterally (sideways) with some different draw strokes. By the end of this course, you will have gained an enhanced awareness of how your boat, paddle and body work together efficiently.

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)

  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Wetsuit or dry suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof camera
  • Hat
  • 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, PFD's, etc.
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5 / 5
July 28, 2020
Sea Kayaking
The L.L. Bean Paddling Center in Freeport is a "best in class facility." It is exceptionally well managed, and staffed by highly-skilled, dedicated,... more
Ogunquit, ME
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5 / 5
July 30, 2019
The Dividing Line
This class is an epiphany. Before I took it I did not realize what you could do with a sea kayak. It feels like the dividing line between casual paddling... more
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5 / 5
July 16, 2014
Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course
This course was fantastic. Kevin and Steve were exceptional guides. Since we were only three participants there was superb individual attention. I learned... more
Westwwod MA
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KZKayakers September 12, 2014
The July Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course was excellent. Exceeded our expectations. Kevin and Steve were impressive with the wealth of knowledge they were eager to share. Our class had 3 participants with much individual attention. Will definitely sign up again for the next level.
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