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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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409  out of  411 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
October 15, 2018
Money and Time Worth Spent
We came to the lesson with an open mind but with narrow expectation, eager to "discover" what paddling kayak would be like and hopeful the... more
Coopersburg,Pa
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5 / 5
October 2, 2018
Outdoor excitement with llbean
This was our second outdoor discovery kayaking tour with LLBean. We signed up last year for our grandsons 9th birthday celebration. He had such an amazing... more
Mullica Hill, NJ
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
October 2, 2018
Wicked awesome!
The Kayaking Discovery course is an EXCELLENT value and a lot of fun! We are novice paddlers that wanted to have fun but also learn some basic safety... more
Saco, ME
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5 / 5
September 23, 2018
Fabulous Adventure
Instruction was top notch. Learned a lot about strokes and had a chance to practice them. We saw eagles, weather was perfect and it was a nice group... more
LEWISTON
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5 / 5
September 23, 2018
full moon kayak tour
This is the 2nd kayaking course I've taken through LL Bean at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village. The 1st was with Laurie and Steve a week ago, this... more
Elgin,IL
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5 / 5
September 23, 2018
Cruz and LLBean Discovery Kayak FUN
It was like a perfect thing to do when I decided to learn Kayak. It was a amazingly conducted with proper sign-board and direction to beautiful hidden... more
Chesterbrook PA
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5 / 5
September 22, 2018
Casco Bay Kayaking
This was a great way to have a fantastic introduction to kayaking. After meeting at the easy to find "Boot" at the flagship store in Freeport,... more
North Andover, MA
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chrissybits September 28, 2018
I agree, I have done this several times at various LL Bean locations and I still stand by that the Freeport, ME course in Casco Bay is GORGEOUS!!! We are headed up there for a week over Columbus Day, and I am planning on taking another course while we are there! That bay is too pretty not to experience as the leaves start to change!
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5 / 5
September 17, 2018
Discovery Kayak Course
I wanted to try kayaking for quite some time and found out about this course through a store employee. It's a great course for someone who wants to... more
Elgin,IL
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5 / 5
September 2, 2018
Amazing time!
This was my second time taking this course, this time treating a friend for her birthday. The instructors, Skip and Stacy, were incredible...informative,... more
Milford, NJ
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5 / 5
August 26, 2018
Beautiful Lake w/Great Guides
I have kayaked before with LL Bean and have had wonderful experiences. However, this was the first time kayaking at Nockamixon State Park, PA. Since the... more
Staten Island, NY
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