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Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking

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by Gary McGuffin, Joanie McGuffin
     
 

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Paddle Your Own Canoe set a new standard for how-to-canoe books. In this companion title, Gary and Joanie McGuffin use the same model for the art of kayaking. The authors discuss the kayak's Inuit history, types of kayaking, recommended kayak sizes and shapes, and proper gear and clothing. They also offer expert, step-by-step instructions on all of the

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Paddle Your Own Canoe set a new standard for how-to-canoe books. In this companion title, Gary and Joanie McGuffin use the same model for the art of kayaking. The authors discuss the kayak's Inuit history, types of kayaking, recommended kayak sizes and shapes, and proper gear and clothing. They also offer expert, step-by-step instructions on all of the sport's essential techniques.

Illustrated with more than 600 color photographs and illustrations, Paddle Your Own Kayak is designed for both seasoned and novice kayaker, offering guidance on:

  • Balancing the body
  • Strokes and maneuvers
  • Paddling fundamentals
  • Recoveries and rescues
  • Carrying and launching
  • Weather and water conditions techniques
  • Staying centered
  • Navigation methods.

A special section on kayak camping provides good advice on what to look for in a destination, how to select a site, packing your kayak, setting up tents and shelters, meal preparation, water filtration, first aid and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Parry Sound Beacon Star
The McGuffins share their obvious joy of kayaking and create within the reader a desire to experience the same.
— Kim Good
The Muskokan Sun
Joanie and Gary McGuffin have provided an invaluable resource to beginners and experienced kayakers alike.
— Kim Good
Outpost
An excellent resource.... You'd be hard pressed to think of a kayak-related topic that isn't covered in this book.
— Ryan Murdock
Wavelength
With personal anecdotes and observations, the authors' love of the wilderness and paddling shine through the practical information presented.
— Diana Mumford
www.simcoe.com (Metroland)
A very good instructional book on how to kayak.
— Glenn Perrett
Lake Superior Magazine
I'd suggest you get this before you even put a paddle in water.
— Konnie LeMay
simcoe.com (Metroland)
A very good instructional book on how to kayak.
— Glenn Perrett
the Journal of Wilderness Canoeing CHESSMAN
Another first-rate effort from the paddling partners who have been producing quality work for many years. Featuring superb photography and excellent organization, this book takes you through the kayaking process from A-Z.
the Journal of Wilderness Canoeing CHE-MUN
Another first-rate effort from the paddling partners who have been producing quality work for many years. Featuring superb photography and excellent organization, this book takes you through the kayaking process from A-Z.
Canoeist - Stuart Fisher
"This is, quite simply, the best presented instructional canoeing book ever. It surpasses even Bill Mason." That was the start of my review of Paddle Your Canoe (Apr 2000, p24). They've done it again, this time for kayaks ... Like their canoe book, this is the best introduction to kayak touring that you can buy.
Canoeist
Like their canoe book, this is the best introduction to kayak touring that you can buy.
— Stuart Fisher
Parry Sound Beacon Star - Kim Good
Joanie and Gary McGuffin have provided an invaluable resource to beginners and experienced kayakers alike... With over 600 stunning photographs and illustrations, the McGuffins share their obvious joy of kayaking and create within the reader a desire to experience the same.... Avid conservationists Joanie and Gary McGuffin don't just teach you to kayak but succeed in passing along their respect for nature and their hope that the paddler will protect that which they have come to love.
Outpost - Ryan Murdock
This is an excellent resource for those curious to try the world's fastest-growing paddle sport. You'd be hard pressed to think of a kayak-related topic that isn't covered in this book.... Each chapter is presented in a way that not only deepens the knowledge base of a seasoned kayaker, but is also accessible to the total paddling novice.
Author interview, Open Book, Toronto - Gary and Joanie McGuffin
"When you pick up a paddle and step into a kayak, be prepared for change. It will enrich and change your life more than you can imagine! Start out with good, hands-on instruction."
Wavelength - Diana Mumford
With more than 500 color photographs...and illustrations, Paddle Your Own Kayak is a beautiful as well as practical guide to kayaking for novices and intermediate paddlers who would like to advance their skills or reinforce past learning. Cover[s] every conceivable .. Essential Gear is described and thoroughly explained with photographic illustrations... For an introduction to a new sport, or for at-home study before or after lessons, this book is a valuable resource. With personal anecdotes and observations, the authors' love of the wilderness and paddling shine through the practical information presented... Much more than a simple how-to guidebook.
www.simcoe.com (Metroland) - Glenn Perrett
A very good instructional book on how to kayak.... Whether you are thinking of taking up this eco-friendly way to travel lakes and rivers or you're an experienced kayaker, you will enjoy and benefit from reading Paddle Your Own Kayak and perusing the hundreds of color photographs in this book.
Lake Superior Magazine - Konnie LeMay
The quality of writing, the gorgeous photography along with brilliant, easily followed how-to graphics make this new book fun to browse even if you have no intention of kayaking. For those just starting out in the adventure of kayaking, this book is a master stroke.... I'd suggest you get this before you even put a paddle in water.
Solent Sea Kayaking
Superb and inspiring photography... .Beautiful colour photographs and diagrams adorn every page. This coupled with well written and insightful content make this "coffee table" style book a prized possession... In terms of the technique sections, I have yet to find such a well illustrated book... For beginners, Paddle Your Own Kayak offers an excellent introduction to sea kayaking. For more seasoned paddlers it provides a good starting resource for examining and developing your technique. Instructors will find the excellent images a powerful teaching aid for bank instruction. However, I firmly believe all paddlers will find the superb photography a source of great inspiration and would heartily recommend this book.
The Calgary Herald
Setting the standard for how-to canoe books wasn't enough for the McGuffins. No, ... Gary and Joanie McGuffin had to write a comprehensive book on how to kayak... From the history of kayaks to building your own boat, kayaking strokes, how to read charts and rescue techniques, the McGuffins seem to have thought of everything a kayaker needs to know. Their passion for kayaking is obvious and articulately relayed through their eminently readable and incredibly handy book.
Woodall's Camperways
This beautifully illustrated guidebook covers all aspects of the sport. [It] is chock-full of instructional photos with clearly written descriptions and is highlighted by colorful scenic images that will compel you to learn more, grab a paddle and join the sport. Whether you're an athlete or traditionally an onlooker, you will enjoy exploring the world of kayaking through the writing of authors Gary and Joanie McGuffin. If you're already eager to experience a journey by kayak, read this guidebook first -- it can safely lead you through the processes you must ford for a successful kayaking future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550464641
Publisher:
Boston Mills Press
Publication date:
05/12/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Gary and Joanie McGuffin are stars in the paddling world, well known for their wilderness expeditions as well as for their conservation efforts. They are the authors of Superior: Journeys on an Inland Sea, which won the 1996 Great Lakes Booksellers Award, and the bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe, which set the standard for paddling instruction books. They live on a 300-acre wilderness preserve overlooking Lake Superior.

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Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mark-Massachusetts More than 1 year ago
I have been paddling for the last 60 years and this illustrated book is clearly the best I have seen to learn from.  I highly recommend it for both beginners and advance paddlers.
pg102552 More than 1 year ago
One of the better books for someone starting out. Covers all the important topics although as with any sport some recommendations differ from what someone else may offer. Besides paddling and rescue instructions, offers great practical information on gear selection, packing for overnights, navigation, etc. Great illustrations and photos. Fun to pick up anytime and enjoy not just as a reference. Makes me want to pack up and head out every time I open it. Not a substitute for lessons but a great companion to instruction.