Instant canoeing & kayaking: Tips and techniques for perfect paddling

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Infinite Ideas, Sep 24, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 57 pages
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Canoeing and kayaking are two of the oldest forms of transportation on the planet, but since the 1980s moulding technology has made the sports accessible to everyone. Kayaking and canoeing are all about being one with your boat: as soon as you master the basic skills there is a remarkable freedom to be found in just paddling around under your own steam just inches from the water. Starting with the very basics, this book will talk you through all the different types of kayaking and canoeing available; all the kit; water safety; tips and tricks and how to progress.
 

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Contents

1 Clearing up some definitions
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2 Introducing the canoe
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3 Introducing the kayak
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4 Different types of kayaks and canoes
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5 Entry level kayaking and local clubs
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6 Level of fitness and water competence
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7 How to improve your fitness
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8 Exploring the paddle
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29 Wind and waves
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30 Keeping safe in the elements
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31 Oceanic navigation and safety
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32 Whitewater paddling
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33 Studying whitewater
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34 Grading rivers
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35 Whitewater safety and rescue equipment
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36 Whitewater techniques breaking out
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9 Personal floatation device and helmet
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10 Spraydeck
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11 Other bits of kit
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12 Capsizing
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13 Where and where not to kayak
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14 Serious hazards to consider
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15 Getting in the boat
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16 Paddling forward in a kayak
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17 Stopping and turning in a kayak
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18 Capsize drill in a kayak
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19 Stern rudder
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20 Paddling forward and turning in a canoe
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21 Low brace
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22 High brace
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23 Rolling
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24 Rolling a kayak
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25 Rolling a canoe
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26 Different types of rolls
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27 Ocean kayaking
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28 Tides and currents
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37 Whitewater techniques breaking in
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38 Whitewater techniques crossing fastflowing rivers
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39 How to use eddies
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40 Running river rapids
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41 Other specialist disciplines
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42 Sprint and marathon
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43 River racing
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44 Play paddling
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45 Slalom
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46 Surf kayaking
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47 Canoe and kayak sailing
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48 Canoe polo
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49 Transporting your boat
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50 Travelling with your boat
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51 Proper posture in the boat
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52 Conclusion and safety
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More from Infinite Ideas
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Copyright notice
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