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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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443  out of  445 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
September 23, 2019
Amazing Experience
We signed up for the KDC because the weather was going to be nice and we had not had the chance to kayak since moving to Maine....what we got was an experience... more
Brunswick,Maine
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5 / 5
September 13, 2019
Kayaking Discovery Course
Fantastic Program! The Kayak Guides/Instructors (Amelia, Zach, Dave, and Miranda) are all highly qualified, friendly professionals that willing share... more
Ross Park Mall
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5 / 5
September 3, 2019
Great Time
Kelly and Christine were informative and fun. They answered any questions we had and seemed to enjoy being with us. We are planning to schedule another... more
Glastonbury
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5 / 5
September 1, 2019
Wonderful course!
We have been casually kayaking in the past but wanted to learn more and get some insights on what type of equipment would be best for us, as we are considering... more
Wyndmoor
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5 / 5
August 28, 2019
Fantastic Kayak Introduction Course
Bruce was very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive, which I expected from L L Bean. What was completely beyond my expectations is his teaching skills.... more
Media, PA
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5 / 5
August 26, 2019
Kayak
Equipment used in the course (rec. kayak, PFD and paddle) was in great shape and clean. The instructors (Kelly &Jen) were knowledgeable, conscientious... more
Glastonbury
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5 / 5
August 25, 2019
Kayaking Discovery Course
Dan was a great instructor. He was informative, pleasant, and I ended up feeling pretty confident when we were through. A great experience, I do plan on... more
Lorton, Va
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5 / 5
August 25, 2019
Great Course
This is the second time my family & I have taken this course; summer 2018 & 2019 in Freeport Maine. Both times the instructors were very knowledgeable... more
Suffield
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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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