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  • Weather-appropriate paddling clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • 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
  • 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, PFDs, etc.
  • Wetsuit
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course

Reserve Your Spot Now

Discover a new horizon and explore the exciting world of sea kayaking in this fun, full-day course.

  • Prerequisite:  Kayaking experience helpful but not required
  • Activity level:  Moderate
  • Minimum age:  12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who wants to start enjoying this popular sport, or a great refresher course for those who want more practice. Our course teaches basic kayaking strokes and skills, plus safety techniques.

In small groups led by our expert instructors – many ACA Certified – you'll receive friendly, personal attention and plenty of one-on-one coaching. We'll explain kayak design, paddling terminology and boat fit. You'll learn and practice wet exits, T-rescue and reentry with a paddle float, and learn strokes, such as the reverse, sweep, and stern draw. Expect to work hard, get wet, and see substantial improvements in your technique by the end of the course.

Our experienced guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for this healthy, low-impact sport, making your day even more enjoyable and inspiring.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

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.

Perfect for beginners, recreational paddlers and anyone else who wants to start enjoying this popular sport, or a great refresher course for those who want more practice. Our course teaches basic kayaking strokes and skills, plus safety techniques.

In small groups led by our expert instructors – many ACA Certified – you'll receive friendly, personal attention and plenty of one-on-one coaching. We'll explain kayak design, paddling terminology and boat fit. You'll learn and practice wet exits, T-rescue and reentry with a paddle float, and learn strokes, such as the reverse, sweep, and stern draw. Expect to work hard, get wet, and see substantial improvements in your technique by the end of the course.

Our experienced guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for this healthy, low-impact sport, making your day even more enjoyable and inspiring.

All necessary paddling equipment is provided.

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.