The Complete Sea Kayakers Handbook, Second Edition

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McGraw Hill Professional, Feb 18, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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"...Her writing is clear and concise, sprinkled with bits of humor and many tips gleamed from her years working as a kayak instructor, guide and outfitter."
--Sea Kayaker Magazine

The first edition of The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook received immediate acclaim with its selection as the Best Outdoor Instructional Book by the National Outdoor Book Award group. Now this book boasts 352 pages with changes throughout to reflect the growth of kayaking as a sport. This book is your first step to adventure on the water, with everything you need to know, from buying a kayak to dressing for the water.

Updates include:

  • New photos throughout showing new boats, equipment, stretching, and repair techniques
  • A new section on used boats and how to shop for them
  • Expanded sections on: boat materials section to include the newer laminates; buying a new kayak; use of GPS for navigation; family paddling; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff to include more retrofit and repair information on a wider range of boat and paddle material
  • Improvements in materials and more data on hypothermia;
  • Changes in safety technique descriptions reflecting the new equipment on the market
  • information on stretching, proper posture in a kayak, and easy modifications to kayak seats for more comfortable paddling

Topics include: Getting Ready; Kayaks; Accessories and Clothing; Getting to Know Your Kayak; Controlling Your Kayak; Getting Into and Out of the Water; Real Life Paddling; Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation; Trip Logistics; Group safety; Kayak Camping; Planning Your Dream Trip; Taking Care of Your Stuff

 

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Contents

1 Getting Ready
1
2 Kayaks
17
3 Accessories and Clothing
55
4 Getting to Know Your Kayak
94
5 Controlling Your Kayak
109
6 Getting into and out of the Water
131
7 RealLife Paddling
160
Kayak Navigation
197
9 Trip Logistics
234
10 Group Safety
250
11 Kayak Camping
264
12 Planning Your Dream Trip
275
13 Taking Care of Your Stuff
286
Resources
302
Index
323
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About the author (2011)

Shelley Johnson is well known as both a kayaking instructor and advocate. She is an American Canoe Association certified instructor, a member of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors, and a Registered Maine Guide. She is the author of Sea Kayaker's Pocket Guide and Sea Kayaking: A Women's Guide.

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