Essentials of Kayak Touring
ReadHowYouWant.com, 2011 - 104 pages
The official word on kayaking basics from the American Canoe Association, the nation's most respected authority on paddling, Introduction to Flatwater Kayaking and Introduction to River Kayaking provide beginning paddlers with everything they need to enjoy a safe kayak outing. Beginning with instructions on how to be safe in the water, including proper use of equipment, preparing for cold, wind, and waves, and learning basic skills such as how to maintain their balance, these texts provide thorough information for those just starting to paddle. Find out how to select a kayak, proper lifting and carrying techniques, and how to launch it into the water. With well-written text and illustrations, learn all the basic strokes and maneuvers and important rescue techniques. Appendices include a glossary of kayaking terms and a list of resource organizations. Paddling safely requires, above all, the exercise of good judgment. And part of developing good judgment is understanding the challenges and hazards inherent in any situation and one's own ability to meet them. What are the essentials of kayak touring? Safety - to safely paddle on calm flatwater, perform self-rescue, and respond to emergencies. Enjoyment - to become aware of paddling opportunities and the rewards of lifetime participation in paddling. Skills - to acquire the ability to safely and enjoyably paddle on calm flatwater Essentials of Kayak Touring features: Real-life paddling scenarios Vital information on kayaking safety and technology Illustrations and photographs of essential gear, boats, strokes, maneuvers, and rescue techniques Review questions designed for the ACA's Essentials of Kayak Touring course Detailed glossary of terms and important waterway safety information.
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