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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
  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • 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.
  • Wetsuit
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Strokes Course

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Our fun, half-day sea kayaking introduction is an excellent place to learn the basic paddling techniques you need for a seaborne adventure.

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

Course Description

This exciting sea-kayaking course is perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who wants to start enjoying this popular sport. We'll teach you the paddling skills you need to embark on most kayaking adventures.

You'll start by learning the paddling skills you need to improve your control and efficiency out on the open water. In a small group setting, you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention as our ACA Certified Instructors share their knowledge and answer your questions. You'll learn how to effectively use each piece of equipment. They'll also explain kayak design and boat fit – helpful information for when you purchase your first or next boat.

After this thorough introduction to the sport, you'll learn paddling terminology and basic paddling strokes. They'll guide you step by step through each stroke, helping you hone and refine your abilities. You'll learn the reverse, sweep and draw strokes, allowing you to paddle straighter, turn quicker and navigate around obstacles.

When you are confident in your abilities, you'll take a short, guided tour with the group, getting a close-up view of the marine wildlife that inhabits these waters.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

This exciting sea-kayaking course is perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who wants to start enjoying this popular sport. We'll teach you the paddling skills you need to embark on most kayaking adventures.

You'll start by learning the paddling skills you need to improve your control and efficiency out on the open water. In a small group setting, you'll get plenty of one-on-one attention as our ACA Certified Instructors share their knowledge and answer your questions. You'll learn how to effectively use each piece of equipment. They'll also explain kayak design and boat fit – helpful information for when you purchase your first or next boat.

After this thorough introduction to the sport, you'll learn paddling terminology and basic paddling strokes. They'll guide you step by step through each stroke, helping you hone and refine your abilities. You'll learn the reverse, sweep and draw strokes, allowing you to paddle straighter, turn quicker and navigate around obstacles.

When you are confident in your abilities, you'll take a short, guided tour with the group, getting a close-up view of the marine wildlife that inhabits these waters.

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.