Sea Kayaking Safety and Rescue: From mild to wild, the essential guide for beginners through experts

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Wilderness Press, Mar 15, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 284 pages
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The most comprehensive manual on how to kayak safely in a wide variety of sea environments--from inland waterways to ocean rock gardens, tide rips, surf zones, and the open ocean. Aimed at beginners through experienced kayakers, this book describes how to deal with hazards, not just avoid them, using real-life, extensively tested techniques proven to work. You'll learn fundamental skills for recovery and rescue, and master safe paddling techniques in ocean conditions. Numerous photos accompany step-by-step descriptions of the Eskimo roll, towing methods, self- and partner-rescues, backup strategies, and group dynamics. The second edition has a fresh chapter on fine-tuning your strokes, which will significantly increase kayaking fun and safety.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
BUILDING A SAFETY FOUNDATION
7
SEAKAYAKING DOMAINS
17
EQUIPMENT SELECTION AND USE
27
ASSISTED DEEPWATER RESCUES
47
SELFRESCUES
69
RESCUES IN SURF AND OCEAN ROCK GARDENS
87
THE ESKIMO ROLL
99
TIDES AND CURRENTS
149
DEALING WITH BOAT TRAFFIC
169
SAFETY IN SURF AND OCEAN ROCK GARDENS
179
RISK ASSESSMENT
217
GROUP SAFETY THROUGH TEAMWORK
227
TRAINING
243
FINETUNING YOUR STROKES
255
GLOSSARY
268

BACKUP STRATEGIES
111
TOWING
123
WEATHER AND SEA CONDITIONS
131

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Lull is an American Canoe Association instructor and trainer in coastal kayaking. He helped develop a comprehensive sea kayaking program for California Canoe an Kayak. He has published articles in Sea Kayaker Magazine and produced instructional videos on surf kayaking and paddling ocean rock gardens.

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