Kids Gone Paddlin': The Young Paddler's Guide to Having More Fun Outdoors

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Quarto Publishing Group USA, May 5, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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This fun-to-read book helps parents introduce their kids to the safe enjoyment of canoeing, kayaking, rowing and rafting.

Kids love water activities! Now more than ever, families are spending more time together in the outdoors. Whether it's with friends and family or a solo outing, non-motorized boating is a fun and exciting way to experience and explore the outdoors. Photos and illustrations help the young reader learn all the important skills and to stay safe. Includes index for easy reference to topics of interest.

Chapters include:

  • Kinds of boats: canoes, kayaks, sit-on-tops, tubes, rafts
  • What to wear: PFDs, general clothing, footwear, helmets, accessories
  • Special skills: navigation, chart reading, water reading, seamanship
  • Packing for a trip: equipment list, weight considerations, safety
  • Where to go: coastal, inland waterways, parks, foreign, guided trips

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Canoe or Kayak?
What Gear Do I Need?
Which Skills Do I Need?
How Do I Prepare for a Trip?
Where Can I Go?
What Else Can I Do?

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About the author (2008)

Tom Watson (Appleton, MN) reviews and field-tests watercraft, camping and survival products. He spent 5 years as a Kodiak Island SAR member and more than 12 years as a guide/outfitter in Alaska. His photos and articles have been published in magazines such as Camping Life, Backpacker and Canoe & Kayak. He is also the author of How to Think Like a Survivor.

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