Kayaking Made Easy: A Manual for Beginners with Tips for the Experienced

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A generously illustrated handbook for beginners and seasoned paddlers, Kayaking Made Easy is brimming with advice, humor, and personal anecdotes about every aspect of flatwater and sea kayaking. Dennis Stuhaug, an encouraging and enthusiastic instructor, takes a step-by-step approach to introducing kayaking gear, strokes, maneuvers, and the complexities of long-distance navigation.

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Overview

A generously illustrated handbook for beginners and seasoned paddlers, Kayaking Made Easy is brimming with advice, humor, and personal anecdotes about every aspect of flatwater and sea kayaking. Dennis Stuhaug, an encouraging and enthusiastic instructor, takes a step-by-step approach to introducing kayaking gear, strokes, maneuvers, and the complexities of long-distance navigation.

He’ll help you:
Choose the right hull for your needs Outfit your kayak with seat, flotation, spray deck, and other fittings Master basic maneuvers, from the sweep stroke to the sculling brace Assemble a kayaking wardrobe that’s comfortable and affordable Safely navigate the hazards of wind, fog, eddies, and rip currents Ensure that all your companions, including the kids, have a terrific time

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"The friendly, accessible tone of this book is refreshing and encouraging . . . ."--Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

". . . written so smartly and technically it could double as a course textbook."--Woodland Hills Daily News, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762738595
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Made Easy Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 983,606
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Stuhaug is a former editor with Canoe & Kayak magazine, a former paddling instructor, and the author of Basic Essentials Sit-on-Top Kayaking (FalconGuides). He lives, writes, and paddles in the Seattle area.
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Table of Contents

(1) You Can Learn to Kayak (2) What Is a Kayak? (3) What Is It Made Of? (4) Outfitting Your Basic Kayak (5) You and Your PFD (6) Power to the Paddle (7) Let's Go Paddling (8) Draw Strokes (9) A Bracing Experience (10) Linking Strokes: Making Your Paddle Work for You (11) Keeping It Straight (12) Wearing Your Kayak (13) A Saving Grace: Rescues (14) Tools of the Piloting Trade (15) Tides and Currents (16) Resources and the Rule of Thirds (17) Taking Your Kids Kayaking (18) First Aid and the Paddler (19) Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink (20) Nattily Attired (21) Rack 'em Up! (22) Let's Go Voyaging (23) Kayak Camping (24) Waves, Wind, and Weather (25) Sailing (26) Why Go Kayaking? (27) Appendix: The Beaufort Scale (28) Glossary (29) Index
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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Great book to have before picking out your first kayak.

    I was glad that this book was given to me as a present before I bought my first kayak.
    It made me an informative buyer. The salesperson could tell that I knew what I was talking about/looking for when making my purchases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    This book is wonderful for the beginner

    What a better way to get an idea of what you really need to know to make kayaking safe and fun. The beginnger never has a clue what is involved to learning and doing it right.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Pleased with the book and super reference

    this was an excellent book for the beginner and someone asking for information. Until something happened with the taxes I was planning a new hobby. Kayaking Made Easy, the internet and my local shop made it easy for me. The illustrations supplemented the narration perfectly. I'm hoping they come up with a waterproof version for easy reference in my kayak in the future. I only wish that they would include a chapter for transport of a kayak.

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