Sit-on-top Kayak: A Beginner's Manual

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Pesda Press, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 88 pages
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A complete beginner's guide to the sit-on-top kayak. Sit- on-top kayaking is fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it! Paddlers, newcomers and those curious about the sport will find all the answers to their questions in this book. Using colour photos and clear descriptions, this book is the perfect introduction to sit-on-top kayaking. Choosing the right kayak, how to store and transport it, how to get the most fun out of your boat and how to stay safe whilst doing so are explored in detail. Snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving are some of the other activities that benefit from using sit-on-tops and these are also covered.
 

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Contents

why choose a siTonTop KayaK?
7
CHooSING A KAyAK
13
cloThing and floTaTion
22
KayaKing wiTh children
29
FoRWARD PADDLING
35
ReVeRSING
41
LoW BRACe TURN
47
sTaying safe
53
weaTher and The KayaKer
59
TIDeS AND CURReNTS
68
KayaK fishing
75
caring for The environmenT
83
BooKS
89
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

British Canoe Union Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach and Director of Jersey Kayak Adventures Ltd, Derek Hairon is one of the leading specialist sit-on-top kayak outfitters in the UK. Derek has kayaked for over 40 years. He first learned to kayak around the incredible coastline of Jersey in the Channel Islands (which has some of the highest tides in the world) after his father built him a sit-on-top kayak. He has undertaken many sea kayak expeditions, most notably a circumnavigation of Ireland in 58 days and expeditions to Alaska, Canada, and whitewater kayaking in Nepal. Closer to home he has paddled extensively in the Channel Islands, including 35-mile open crossings. He has kayaked most of the best sea kayaking spots in the UK. In his younger days he was a member of the Jersey surf kayak team and has been active in coaching sea kayaking in Jersey. In 2004 he set up Jersey Kayak Adventures in order to offer kayaking tours and courses to cater for the growth in this popular sport.

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