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  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Water shoes or shoes you don't mind getting wet (closed-toe recommended)
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

Optional

  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • 14.5-foot or longer sea kayak with two bulkheads, spray skirt, paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hot showers
  • All meals and snacks
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boats, paddles, PFD's, etc.
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Open Water Sea Kayak Techniques Course

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Our advanced kayaking skills course will give you the confidence to paddle in any conditions. Registered Maine Guides will teach you to navigate open water, plus advanced paddling and rescue techniques.

  • Prerequisite: Experience with wet exits from a sea kayak and boat handling proficiency.
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

This course is perfect for people who have been exposed to bracing and edging their kayak and know how to wet exit and self rescue.

Enjoy a full day of fun and education that's sure to help you go further and get more out of paddling in the ocean. Our Registered Maine Guides and ACA Certified Instructors will teach you the paddling and navigation skills you'll need for exploring open water in a kayak, include how to read and interpret nautical charts for pre-trip route planning as well as on water navigation. They'll share tips about route planning and group management skills, and offer you expert advice on how to keep your whole group safe and comfortable. You'll practice advanced rescue and towing techniques and learn how to work with changing water and weather conditions while paddling on Maine's scenic Casco Bay.

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.
This course is perfect for people who have been exposed to bracing and edging their kayak and know how to wet exit and self rescue.

Enjoy a full day of fun and education that's sure to help you go further and get more out of paddling in the ocean. Our Registered Maine Guides and ACA Certified Instructors will teach you the paddling and navigation skills you'll need for exploring open water in a kayak, include how to read and interpret nautical charts for pre-trip route planning as well as on water navigation. They'll share tips about route planning and group management skills, and offer you expert advice on how to keep your whole group safe and comfortable. You'll practice advanced rescue and towing techniques and learn how to work with changing water and weather conditions while paddling on Maine's scenic Casco Bay.

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.

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Open Water Sea Kayak Techniques Course
This course is perfect for people who have been exposed to bracing and edging their kayak and know how to wet exit and self rescue.

Enjoy a full day of fun and education that's sure to help you go further and get more out of paddling in the ocean. Our Registered Maine Guides and ACA Certified Instructors will teach you the paddling and navigation skills you'll need for exploring open water in a kayak, include how to read and interpret nautical charts for pre-trip route planning as well as on water navigation. They'll share tips about route planning and group management skills, and offer you expert advice on how to keep your whole group safe and comfortable. You'll practice advanced rescue and towing techniques and learn how to work with changing water and weather conditions while paddling on Maine's scenic Casco Bay.

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.