Essentials of River Kayaking

Essentials of River Kayaking

by American Canoe Association
     
 

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The official word on kayaking basics from the American Canoe Association, the nation’s most respected authority on paddling, Essentials of Kayak Touring and Essentials of River Kayaking provide beginning paddlers with everything they need to enjoy a safe kayak outing. Beginning with instructions on how to be safe in the water, including proper use of

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The official word on kayaking basics from the American Canoe Association, the nation’s most respected authority on paddling, Essentials of Kayak Touring and Essentials of River Kayaking provide beginning paddlers with everything they need to enjoy a safe kayak outing. Beginning with instructions on how to be safe in the water, including proper use of equipment, preparing for cold, wind, and waves, and learning basic skills such as how to maintain your balance, these texts provide thorough information for those just starting to paddle. Find out how to select a kayak, proper lifting and carrying techniques, and how to launch it into the water. With well-written text and illustrations, learn all the basic strokes and maneuvers and important rescue techniques. Appendices include a glossary of kayaking terms and a list of resource organizations. Whether a novice or an experienced kayaker wanting to brush-up on the basics, Essentials of Kayak Touring and Essentials of River Kayaking have all the information needed for learning this fast growing sport.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897325868
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.04(d)

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Balance and Stability
For maximum stability, stay loose! Imagine hinging your body at the waist. Keep your upper body and head over the centerline of the boat as you swing your hips from side to side. Start off by tipping the boat just a little back and forth, side to side. Staying flexible as the boat moves in the water is the key to maintaining balance. Most kayaks are very stable, as long as you keep your balance. Leaning out over the side of the boat with your upper body is an easy way to turn over.

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More than 50,000 individual members and 200 paddling clubs make the American Canoe Association the nation's largest and most active nonprofit paddle sports organization. The ACA, founded in 1880, is dedicated to promoting the health and social benefits of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. As a leader in paddlesport instruction and education, instructors certified by the Association teach over 100,000 students annually. ACA promoted paddling events are provided each year for both members and non-members, encouraging growth in the sport.

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