The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking

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Penguin, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 376 pages
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Don't get caught without a paddle...

Filled with nearly 100 photos and illustrations, this must-have guide-written by the foremost paddlesports experts-gives the aspiring canoe or kayak adventurer everything he or she needs to know before taking the plunge. Inside, discover how to choose between buying a canoe or a kayak, understand paddling techniques and strokes, and find out how to plan a trip and choose an outfitter or guide.
 

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Contents

Just What Is Paddlesports?
3
The Clean Green LowImpact Sport
4
Fun for the Whole Family
5
HighLevel Competition for the Adrenalin Set
6
Great Exercise LilyDipping Leisure
9
The Ultimate Fishing Machine
11
Whats the Best Boat for Me?
13
For the Person Who Wants to Do It All
14
Heading Backward
175
Correcting Your Course
177
Paddling with a Switch
179
Reverse Sweep
182
Quick Turns
184
Reaching for a Cross Draw
187
Pry Power
188
Bracing Yourself
189

The Drawbacks of a GeneralPurpose Boat
16
Flatwater Touring or WhiteWater Play?
18
Paddle Solo or with a Partner
20
Where Can I Store It?
23
Making Your Way Around a Boat
24
Just What Makes a Canoe?
27
Many Shapes of Canoeing
28
The Tripper or Touring Canoe
29
WhiteWater Playboats
30
Design Characteristics
31
The Canoe Bottom
32
The Sides
34
Keel Line
37
Symmetrical vs Asymmetrical
38
Length Beam and Depth
40
How Wide?
41
How Deep?
42
Just What Makes a Kayak?
45
Kayakinqs Parallel Universes
46
What Makes a Kayak Turn?
47
Lateral Resistance
49
River Kayaks
50
The Kayak Spectrum
52
Design Characteristics
53
Keel Line
56
Width
60
The Paddle Solution
61
Keeping the Water Outside Your Kayak
62
Sock It to Me
63
Whats It Made Of?
65
Common Kayak and Canoe Materials
66
Enter Plastic
67
ABS
68
Wood
70
StitchandGlue
71
Framing It Up
72
Inflatable
73
The Pros and the Cons
74
Concrete?
75
You and Your Paddle
77
What Shapes a Canoe Paddle?
79
Parts of a Canoe Paddle
80
Characteristics of a WeilBuilt Paddle
81
Getting a Grip on Your Paddle
82
Appreciating the Shape of the Shaft
84
Rigid or Flexible?
85
Paddle Length
87
How Blades Measure Up
88
A Quick Guide to Fitting You and Your Paddle
90
Whats a Paddle Made Of?
91
Cost?
93
What Shapes a Kayak Paddle?
95
Parts of a Kayak Paddle
96
Asymmetrical vs Symmetrical Blades
97
Choosing the Right Blade for the Right Environment
99
Blades for WhiteWater Paddling
101
Making the Shaft Work for You
102
Feathered or Not
104
Whats the Right Length?
106
A Quick Guide to Fitting You and Your Paddle
107
Gearing Up
111
Gearing Up Your Boat
113
Matching the Gear to Your Boat
114
Accessorizing Your River Kayak
116
Foam Walls
117
Foot Braces
118
Waterproof Bag
119
Bulkheads and Hatches
120
Sea Anchor
122
Bailing Your Boat
123
Rigging Your Personal Safety Gear
124
Getting to the Water
125
Paddlings High Fashion
129
Choosing What to Wear
130
Kayaking Chie
132
Coping With the Cold
133
Fuzzy Rubber
134
Gloves
135
Shorts
136
Long Pants Tops and Jackets
137
Your Vital Topper
138
Dont Leave Home Without It
141
When to Wear It?
142
What You Have to Have
144
Fitting Your PFD
145
Caring for Your PFD
146
At the Waters Edge
149
Getting Underway
151
Boarding Your Canoe
152
From the Beach
153
Boarding from a Dock
155
Who Boards First?
156
Boarding Your Kayak
157
Boarding from a Beach
158
Boarding Your SitonTop Kayak
160
Recovering from an Upset
162
Building a Paddle Float Outrigger
164
Sponsons Balance Your Act
165
Rescue with a Little Help from Your Friends
166
Making Your Canoe Go
169
The Four Canoe Stroke Movements
170
Moving Your Boat Forward
173
High Brace
190
Low Brace
191
Doing It in Tandem
192
Making Your Kayak Go
195
The Art and Truth of Paddling
196
Forward with Your First Stroke
198
Stopping with a Back Stroke
201
Changing Your Course
202
Sweeping Ahead with a Turn
203
Reverse Sweep for a Powerful Turn
206
Drawing Yourself Sideways
208
Using Your Scull to Draw
210
Brace Yourself for Balanced Paddling
211
Easy Bracing with a Low Paddle
213
On the Water
215
Running the River
217
What All Rivers Have in Common
218
The Trip Leaders Responsibilities
219
The Sweep Boats Responsibilities
220
The ThreeStep Gauge for NonWhiteWater Rivers
222
What Youll Meet on the River
223
Obstructing the Flow
225
Techniques for Navigating the River
227
You Can Back Against the Current
229
Turning in an Eddy
230
Reading the River
234
Downstream Vees
235
Where the Water Turns White
236
Running Through Turbulent Water
237
Hazards You May Encounter
238
Rocks
239
Abrupt Changes in Height
240
Paddling Oceans Seas and Lakes
241
Launching on Your First Voyage
242
In Search of Land
243
Understanding Currents
244
Accommodating the Tides
245
Naviqating Tidal Currents
246
Ferrying Across a Current
248
Hopping from Eddy to Eddy
250
Paddling in the Wind
251
What Makes Waves?
252
Surfs Up
253
Avoid Breaking Surf
254
Ride the Spilling Surf
255
Finding Your Way
256
Ranging Ahead
257
Think Backward To Find Yourself
258
Look Back To See Ahead
260
Go Paddling
263
JumpStarting Your Paddling Skills
265
Join a Club Join a Club Join a Club
266
Make the Grade in a Paddling School
268
Finding a School
269
Close to Home with Local Lessons
271
Sample a Symposium
272
The National Organizations
274
Planning Your Own Paddling Trip
275
Planning Is Half the fun
276
Ask the Locals
277
Paddling by the Numbers
278
A Word About Efficiency
279
Signaling Your Intentions
280
Gathering the Equipment Youll Need
282
Your First Paddling Trip
283
The Multiday Voyage
284
Planning for When Things Go Bust
286
When People Heed a Little Patching
289
Making a Float Plan
291
Enjoying a Guided Trip
295
How to Select a Guide
296
Costs
297
Cancellation Penalties
298
Paddling in Style
299
Ask for a Written List
300
Getting There Getting Back
302
To the PutIn
303
From the PutIn to the TakeOut
304
Asking for References
305
Asking for Guide Qualifications and Certification
306
Additional Charges Fees Expenses
307
Your Contract
308
Paddling with Kids
309
How Soon Is Too Soon?
310
Gearing Up Scaling Down
311
Makin Good Time
312
Comfort in the Kid Zone
313
Kids in the Kitchen
314
The Games We Play
315
Killing the Fun
316
Honing Their Skills
317
Building Your Own Canoe or Kayak
321
Whats It Made Of?
322
Plans Plus Materials Packages
323
Stitch and Glue Construction
325
StripBuilt Hulls
326
Schools and Workshops
327
Glossary
329
Paddling Resources
341
Float Plan
349
Index
353
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The Editors of Canoe & Kayak Magazine oversee the leading paddlesports publication in the United States, and the #1 resource for canoeing, kayaking, and the full range of paddling sports. With over 80 years of combined direct experience within the paddlesports community, Canoe & Kayak's editors are regularly called upon to provide expert commentary on paddling-related techniques, equipment, destinations, health and fitness, and conservation.

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