Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

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Greystone Books, Jul 1, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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This classic guide focuses on the fundamentals of seamanship that are essential knowledge to all ocean paddlers.

Sea kayaking has come a long way since this informative manual was published more than twenty years ago. From an offbeat pastime enjoyed by an adventurous few, the sport has become an industry unto itself. Veteran paddler John Dowd’s readable, well-illustrated guide still stands as "the bible" for both new and experienced kayakers.

Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes. But the key focus in this revised and updated edition is on sound seamanship and good risk management: how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate, how to travel with a group. Drawing on his long experience paddling in all climates, Dowd presents practical, concrete advice on dealing with potential hazards (from surf to sea ice to sharks) and carrying out rescues. The book contains new photographs and numerous helpful charts, diagrams and illustrations. It also covers expedition planning, instructional methods and sea kayaking for people with disabilities.

As more and more paddlers take to the water, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.

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User Review  - iatethecloudsforyou - LibraryThing

it really was a manual...what to pack, blah blah blah. i think im big enough to pack my own bags. wanted a little more about technical difficulties or fun stories. nothing of these. Read full review

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I've been sea kayaking since well before we called it sea kayaking. An earlier version of this book, from 1986, was the first sea kayaking book that I had ever found. Its a great book, I've never seen a better one, and I've seen plenty since John Dowd first published. There was really very few sources of info for sea kayakers in the 80's...other than Sea Kayaker and this book. When on the water and we were discussing different aspects of paddling I would often quote from John Dowd's book as the bible on these sorts of matters. In fact the other guys got a little tired of hearing, "Well,John Dowd's book says this..." Great book! 

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About the author (2009)

John Dowd has been paddling kayaks for more than forty years and has led many expeditions. He was publisher of the sport’s first magazine, "Sea Kayaker," and is the former owner of a specialty kayak shop. He works as a consultant to the kayak industry and recently co-produced a video entitled "Seamanship for Kayakers." He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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