Sea Kayaking: Basic Skills, Paddling Techniques, and Expedition Planning

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The Mountaineers Books, Apr 3, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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* Features 130 demonstrative photographs and 30 charts and illustrations
* Written by a veteran paddling coach and expert in kayak stroke efficiency
* Advice from expert contributors throughout adds full range of experience

The latest addition to the award-winning Mountaineers Outdoor Expert series, Sea Kayaking: Basic Skills to Advanced Paddling Techniques, offers authoritative advice for paddlers of all levels, from beginners considering their first gear purchase to competitive kayakers looking to perfect their forward stroke.

As a longtime paddling professional and National Team coach, author Dan Henderson draws from a lifetime of personal experience, teaching, and his academic research in exercise science to instruct readers on everything they need to know to get out on the water, including:

* Gear -- how to pick the right kayak for your body size, skill level, and lifestyle
* Foundations of safety, how to plan and prepare, and must-know advice for assisted and self-rescue
* Basic paddling styles to advanced techniques (side slipping, edging, bracing)
* Techniques for a range of conditions caused by wind, waves, currents, swells, and more
* Expedition planning and camping
* Getting the most out of kayaking for fitness

 

“Dan’s participation in paddlesports is celebrated by a lifetime of contribution to the sport, friendships that span the globe and professional success across all disciplines of paddling. The opportunity to learn from Dan’s experience will only add to your enjoyment and success in the sport.” -- Joe Jacobi, Chief Executive Officer USA Canoe/Kayak

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Gear and Paddling Basics
16
Choosing and Transporting Your Kayak
50
Safety Considerations Responsibilities and Rescues
74
Navigation Rules and Responsibilities
83
Assisted Rescues
89
SelfRescue
98
Understanding Movement Dynamics and Developing Technique
106
NauflcalChaHs 175
175
Tide and Current Tables
182
Finding Location Coordinates
189
Following a Course
196
Trips and Camping
202
Kayaking for Fitness
220
Glossary
233
Resources
241

Water and
132
Route Planning and Navigation
149
Route Manning
168

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