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

Optional

  • Waterproof camera
  • Water shoes or closed-toed shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • 14.5-foot or longer sea kayak with two bulkheads, spray skirt, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

What We Provide

  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Maine Solo Kayak Course and Tour

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Join our guides for a fun, solo sea kayaking tour of Maine's scenic coastline. You'll see seals, osprey and eagles plus enjoy lunch at a waterfront sandwich shop.

  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Our friendly Registered Maine Guides will greet you at L.L.Bean's Lower Flying Point Paddling Center where you'll learn and practice the basic skills and strokes needed to paddle on your own. You'll spend the first two hours of the program becoming comfortable with handling a solo sea kayak. After working on skills close to shore, the group will depart on a guided tour among the islands of Casco Bay, putting what you've learned into practice.

Your destination is a local sandwich shop located along the shoreline. You'll enjoy lunch with views of the marina before beginning the leisurely return trip to the Paddling Center.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Our friendly Registered Maine Guides will greet you at L.L.Bean's Lower Flying Point Paddling Center where you'll learn and practice the basic skills and strokes needed to paddle on your own. You'll spend the first two hours of the program becoming comfortable with handling a solo sea kayak. After working on skills close to shore, the group will depart on a guided tour among the islands of Casco Bay, putting what you've learned into practice.

Your destination is a local sandwich shop located along the shoreline. You'll enjoy lunch with views of the marina before beginning the leisurely return trip to the Paddling Center.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

*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..