Outdoor Discovery Schools
L.L.Bean Annual PaddleSports Festival

Join us in Freeport, ME, June 15-17, 2007 for the L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival. See below for details or call 888-552-3261. View full schedule.

L.L.Bean PaddleSports Festival – Flagship Store and Flying Point Paddling Center

The most comprehensive on-the-water event in New England.
Mark your calendar now so you won't miss the fun and excitement of our 26th annual paddling weekend. See the latest equipment, talk with top vendors, attend lectures and seminars and spend time on the water. Bring the family and stay a few hours or spend the weekend. No matter what your skill level, you're bound to discover something new.

Admission
Free

Directions

From the south:
To get to the L.L.Bean Flagship Store, L.L.Bean Hunting & Fishing Store or Freeport Factory Store, take I-295 north (Exit 44 or 52 off I-95) to Exit 20 (formerly 19). Then follow US Route 1 north (Main Street) into town. We're in the village center, and there's plenty of free parking.

From the north:
To get to the L.L.Bean Flagship Store, L.L.Bean Hunting & Fishing Store or Freeport Factory Store, take I-295 south (Exit 103 off I-95) to Exit 22 (formerly 20). Then follow US Route 1 south (Main Street) into town. We're in the village center, and there's plenty of free parking.

Lessons and Tours (June 16 and 17 only)
Led by Outdoor Discovery Schools' instructors. Fee: $25. Registration is available during the festival on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is strongly recommended. Class size is limited to 10 unless otherwise indicated. To pre-register, please call us at 888-552-3261.

Choose from the following sessions and times:

Introduction to Sea Kayaking (limit 10 per session)

  • Learn the basics of boat design and how to find the best fit for you
  • Introduction to essential paddling and safety gear
  • Practice basic strokes and fundamental steering techniques
  • Exposure to essential safety practices
  • Session 1 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Session 2 Noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Session 3 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Enhanced Strokes and Boat Handling (limit 10 per session)

  • Designed for those familiar with fundamental strokes and safety practices
  • Refine stroke technique
  • Learn new steering skills, such as J-leaning and high/low bracing
  • Practice self-rescues (if time allows)
  • Session 1 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Session 2 Noon-2:30 p.m.
  • Session 3 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sea Kayak Rescue (limit 10 per session)

  • Practice self-rescues, T-rescues, and using rescue slings
  • Learn assisted bow and scoop rescues
  • Session 1 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tandem Sea Kayak Tour (limit 18)

  • Introduction to kayaking on the ocean
  • Relax while enjoying a beautiful coastal setting
  • Session 1 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Visit Our Bike, Boat & Ski Store
A full assortment of canoes, kayaks and paddling gear will be on sale for the weekend.

Special Events

  • Walk-On Adventures, $15. First come, first served.
  • Try it before you buy it – test paddle on Casco Bay: Old Town, Necky, Perception, We-no-nah, Ocean Kayak and Current Designs.

Presentations and Workshops
Held outside on the Discovery Pond Patio in Discovery Park and at our Lower Flying Point Paddling Center. Choose from:

  • Getting Started in Paddling
  • Choosing Equipment
  • Loading Your Boat
  • Kayak Day Tripping
  • Introduction to Coastal Navigation
  • Basic Paddling Strokes

Lodging
Visit the Freeport Merchants Marketing Association Web site at www.freeportusa.com or call 800-865-1994.

Great Deals on Canoes, Kayaks and Paddling Gear

Our paddling department features L.L.Bean products as well as those by Perception®, Old Town®, Current Designs®, Ocean Kayak, Necky®, Thule®, Werner, Kokatat®, Stohlquist Waterware®, Aqua Bound®, Harmony, We-no-nah Canoe, MTI, Teva® and many more.

Buying a Boat Has Never Been So Easy

When you select a boat you like, we'll outfit you with all the paddling gear you need – at special prices for the weekend. We'll also help you choose a roof rack for the ride home.