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  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jackets and pants
  • Water shoes (closed toe recommended)
  • One-quart water bottle or hydration system
  • Towel
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

Optional

  • Waterproof camera
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Hat with visor
  • Sunglasses with lanyard (polarized recommended)
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Wetsuit
  • 10-foot or longer solo recreational kayak, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide

  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFDs, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Safety equipment
  • Paddle float
  • Bilge pump

Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue Course

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Learn how to rescue yourself and paddling partners on our expert-led kayaking rescues course.

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

Course Description

Get ready for a great season of safe paddling. Perfect for recreational kayakers and anyone else who wants to enhance their kayaking skills, our small-group class gives paddlers the confidence to safely self-rescue and assist others during an unexpected capsize.

After reviewing kayak equipment, safety gear and preparedness, our expert guides will review step by step how to safely handle overturned kayaks and get back into the boat. During this in-water session, participants will learn about wet exits, self-rescue with the paddle float, partnership rescue, plus how to bail out a boat with bilge pump. Don't miss this important learning experience.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.
Get ready for a great season of safe paddling. Perfect for recreational kayakers and anyone else who wants to enhance their kayaking skills, our small-group class gives paddlers the confidence to safely self-rescue and assist others during an unexpected capsize.

After reviewing kayak equipment, safety gear and preparedness, our expert guides will review step by step how to safely handle overturned kayaks and get back into the boat. During this in-water session, participants will learn about wet exits, self-rescue with the paddle float, partnership rescue, plus how to bail out a boat with bilge pump. Don't miss this important learning experience.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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.

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Recreational Kayak Safety and Rescue Course
Get ready for a great season of safe paddling. Perfect for recreational kayakers and anyone else who wants to enhance their kayaking skills, our small-group class gives paddlers the confidence to safely self-rescue and assist others during an unexpected capsize.

After reviewing kayak equipment, safety gear and preparedness, our expert guides will review step by step how to safely handle overturned kayaks and get back into the boat. During this in-water session, participants will learn about wet exits, self-rescue with the paddle float, partnership rescue, plus how to bail out a boat with bilge pump. Don't miss this important learning experience.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

Our trips and tours are led by experienced guides who are passionate about the great outdoors and excited to share a new adventure with you. Please join us today.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.