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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
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

Optional

  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Extra change of shoes
  • Waterproof camera
  • Water shoes or closed-toed shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • 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 repellant
  • Closed-toed water shoes

Kayak-Rolling Course

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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 self or buddy-assisted 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 buddy-rescues. They'll also explain the foundation of the kayak roll – the hip-snap. This technique allows you to roll the kayak regardless of your paddle position.

You'll watch your instructor demonstrate each technique, learning valuable pointers along the way. You'll perform buddy-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 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 and bring an extra set of clothes for afterwards.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Being able to roll your kayak allows you to quickly right your boat. This important skill eliminates the need for a self or buddy-assisted 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 buddy-rescues. They'll also explain the foundation of the kayak roll – the hip-snap. This technique allows you to roll the kayak regardless of your paddle position.

You'll watch your instructor demonstrate each technique, learning valuable pointers along the way. You'll perform buddy-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 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 and bring an extra set of clothes for afterwards.

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.