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Our Kayaking Discovery Course is a great way to learn the basic paddling techniques and safety skills of this popular sport.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Our course begins with a brief introduction and safety talk from our friendly paddling instructors, who will share their knowledge gained from years of kayaking. They'll outfit you with a personal flotation device (PFD), kayak and paddling equipment, giving you insight on the best ways to set up your boat. Then, you'll receive instruction on a variety of paddling techniques. This is a great course for all levels of fitness.

After you feel comfortable on the water, you'll set out in a kayak on a guided, interpretive tour with your group. You'll experience the freedom of skimming across the water, learning about the ecosystem and history of the 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†

What We Provide
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
Average Rating 
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435  out of  437 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
August 22, 2019
Great Trip, Amazing Guides!
My wife and I did the kayaking discovery course this summer in Dedham, MA on the Charles river and had a blast! Our guides Jared and Kingsley were great... more
Boston, MA
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5 / 5
August 21, 2019
An enjoyable session
This was a well-run, informative and simply fun time out on the CT river. Our guides in Glastonbury were very helpful in getting us started and were thorough... more
Glastonbury
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5 / 5
August 18, 2019
Kayaking and birdwatching in New Rochelle
My husband and I joined the kayaking discovery course this afternoon in New Rochelle. Michael and Carl were excellent guides. Five Islands Park was a wonderful... more
Katonah, New York
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5 / 5
August 16, 2019
Great beginner trip
We had a really great time with Elaine and Lee B. on our trip along the shore of Casco Bay. LL Bean provided everything we needed including the transportation... more
NJ
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5 / 5
August 14, 2019
kayaking
My husband and I want to get kayaks so we decided to sign up for beginners kayaking on the CT River. We enjoyed it so much we signed up for 2 more sessions.... more
GLASTONBURY
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5 / 5
August 12, 2019
Kayaking Nervana
My wife and I signed up for the Sunday Morning 10:30 Kyaking discovery class. You could not ask for a more beautiful day, Sunny and a mild breeze but the... more
New Rochelle
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5 / 5
August 12, 2019
Kayaking 101
Course was a great introduction to kayaking. Instructor Chris was super! I only wish the location was closer. Looking into other L.L. Bean courses.
Columbus, Ohio
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5 / 5
August 12, 2019
Fun for first-timers
We enjoyed this family-friendly program for beginners. Dave Manco showed us how to paddle and served as our friendly guide. He was patient with my kids... more
Occoquan, VA
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5 / 5
August 11, 2019
Awesome Experience
I've participated in the discovery courses a few times, but this was the first time at the new course location in Connecticut. It was also a group... more
Newington, Connecticut
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5 / 5
August 10, 2019
Had a great time!
Something my wife and I have wanted to do for a while now. Occoquan is a great place to kayak. Dan was a wonderful instructor. Would definitely like to... more
DC
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