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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
  • 10-foot or longer solo recreational kayak, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD† (Please note: only for courses outside of Maine)
  • 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
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Recreational Kayaking Course

Free $10 gift card with purchase of $50 or more.
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Our four-hour comprehensive introduction to kayaking is a fun way to learn from expert instructors the fundamental skills and safety techniques you'll need to discover new waterways.

  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  12 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

This course covers all the basic skills and safety techniques you'll need to paddle on your own. You'll learn the essentials of recreational kayaking, including car-top transport, launching techniques, paddling equipment, kayaking safety, reading weather conditions, boat storage and more.

After brief introductions, our expert paddling instructors will explain kayak design and boat fit. You'll learn about paddling terminology and basic paddling strokes. Our guide will lead you step by step through each stroke, helping you hone and refine your abilities throughout the course. 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 wildlife that inhabit these waters. Our skilled guides will happily share their extensive knowledge of the sport of kayaking, the local waters and the history of the surrounding area.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

This course covers all the basic skills and safety techniques you'll need to paddle on your own. You'll learn the essentials of recreational kayaking, including car-top transport, launching techniques, paddling equipment, kayaking safety, reading weather conditions, boat storage and more.

After brief introductions, our expert paddling instructors will explain kayak design and boat fit. You'll learn about paddling terminology and basic paddling strokes. Our guide will lead you step by step through each stroke, helping you hone and refine your abilities throughout the course. 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 wildlife that inhabit these waters. Our skilled guides will happily share their extensive knowledge of the sport of kayaking, the local waters and the history of the surrounding area.

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.