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Add an essential kayaking skillset learn how to easily roll your sea kayak with our certified instructors.
  • Prerequisite:  Introduction to Sea Kayaking or similar experiences
  • Activity level:  Moderate to intense
  • Minimum age:  12 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Being able to roll your kayak allows you to quickly right your boat. This important skill eliminates the need for a wet exit with self rescue, limiting your exposure to cold water.

In a controlled setting, our ACA certified instructors will guide you step by step through the skills required for a successful roll. They'll begin with a brief refresher on wet-exits, tucking and T- and assisted-rescues. They'll also explain the foundation of the kayak roll – the hip-snap, the foundation of all rolling techniques.  

You'll watch your instructor demonstrate each technique, learning valuable pointers along the way. You'll perform assisted rolls with a partner or your instructor to understand what it's like to be completely upside-down and then roll back up. After practicing the components of the roll, you'll put it all together and attempt to roll by yourself. Your instructor will be right there to help you if needed. Plan to spend most of the class wet, so please dress appropriately.

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-appropriate paddling clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • Sunglasses with lanyard (polarized recommended)
  • Hat with visor
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

Optional
  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Extra change of shoes
  • Waterproof camera
  • 14.5-foot or longer solo sea kayak with two bulkheads, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
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June 10, 2014
Great intro to a new paddling skill set
I've been wanting to learn the roll as a safe and fast self rescue in my kayak. The staff at LL Bean, Steve, Victoria and Harrison, did an excellent job... more
Bethlehem, Pa
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