Sea Kayaker Magazine's Handbook of Safety and Rescue / Edition 1

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From two of Canada's premier sea kayaking instructors and the leading magazine of the sport comes the ideal book for any paddler wanting to venture safely beyond sheltered waters. This essential handbook shows how to understand weather, waves, and currents; use emergency communications; analyze risk; and perform a wide variety of kayak rescues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071388900
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Alderson is a senior instructor-trainer for the Canadian Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association and a senior instructor for the British Canoe Union. He is the author of Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler.

Michael Pardy is the director of the sea kayaking school at Ocean River Sports and a director of SKILS (Sea Kayak Instruction and Leadership Systems) Ltd. He is also a senior instructor-trainer for the Canadian Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association and a lead guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. Together they have more than forty years of paddling experience in a variety of conditions along Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic shores.

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Table of Contents




1. Judgment and Safety

Judgment; Decision Making; Safety and Risk; Leadership

2. Health and Fitness

Fueling a Human-Powered Craft; Power and Endurance; Medical Conditions

3. Environment

Weather Systems; Personalized Weather Forecast; Local Weather Effects; Waves; Tides and Currents; Local Wave Effects; Forecasting Sea State; Campsites

4. Safety and Rescue Gear

How to Choose Gear; Kayak Safety Features; Paddling Gear; Paddling Clothing; Rescue Gear; Communication Gear; Additional Safety and Rescue Aids

5. Paddling Technique

Adequate Reserves; Skills; Forward Stroke; Brace Strokes; Paddling in Wind and Waves; Paddling in Tidal Current; Paddling in Rough Seas

6. Navigation

Tools for Navigation; Publications; Aids to Navigation; Dead Reckoning; Piloting; Navigating through Tidal Currents; Communicating Your Position

7. Tripping

Paddler's Logbook; Trip Planning; The Trip; Trip Reflection

8. Self Rescue

Rolling; The Wet Exit; Solo Reentry; Getting the Water Out

9. Assisted Rescue

Bow Rescue; Assisted Reentry; Getting the Water Out; Towing; Keeping Together during a Rescue; Damage to the Kayak

10. Guidelines for Effective Rescue

Rescue Decisions; Rescue Priorities


Mental Shorthand for Decision Making; Environment and Paddling Levels; Float Plan; Lines and Knots; Kits for Kayaking; Beaufort Scale; Glossary; Resources

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