Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble: True Stories and Their Lessons from Sea Kayaker Magazine


This riveting book offers 20 harrowing, real-life tales of sea kayaking accidents that will not only keep readers on the edge of their seats, but also instruct them with potentially life-saving lessons.

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This riveting book offers 20 harrowing, real-life tales of sea kayaking accidents that will not only keep readers on the edge of their seats, but also instruct them with potentially life-saving lessons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070084995
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,001,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors

In 1972, Matt Broze wrote Freestyle Skiing, the first book on the subject. Co-owners or Mariner Kayaks since 1980, he and his brother Cam have designed ten sea kayaks. Matt developed and promoted the now-common paddle-float rescues in 1981. His writing on sea kayak safety and rescues and experience in extreme conditions led to his becoming Sea Kayaker magazine's safety columnist in 1984. He's still a regular contributor on safety, paddling skills, recreational racing, and equipment. Matt has paddled over 400 sea kayak designs.

George Gronseth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and moved to the Northwest, where he took up kayaking and worked for the Boeing Company analyzing the strength and safety of airplanes. Before long he was teaching kayaking and leading trips for clubs and friends. He succeeded Matt Broze as safety columnist for Sea Kayaker magazine. George has published numerous articles on technique as well as safety and has given many presentations for kayaks clubs and symposia. In 1991, he founded the Seattle-based Kayak Academy in order to devote all his time to teaching and writing about kayaking.

Christopher Cunningham is the editor of Sea Kayaker magazine. His travels in small sailing, rowing, and paddling craft have covered over 7,000 miles of North American waterways. His longest cruise was a 2,500-mile paddle from Quebec to Cedar Key, Florida. He has been building kayaks and other small craft since 1979. He has published accounts of his small boat travels and articles on boatbuilding in Sea Kayaker, Nor'westing, and Small Boat Journal as well as two anthologies: Oyo and Seekers of the Horizon. Christopher occasionally teaches traditional kayak construction at The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, and is a frequent lecturer at sea kayak symposia.

About the Contributors

Chris Amato (page 143) is a wildlife biologist who lives in New York City.

Alison Armstrong (page 94) lives in New York City and has kayaked extensively along the coast of Maine.

Deb Davis (page 22) is an author and former associate editor of Sea Kayaker magazine; she lives in Indianola, Washington.

Ken Kelton (page 100) is a building contractor living in San Francisco. He still goes surfing and kayaking on the California coast.

Tom Watson (page 173) is a kayak instructor in Kodiak, Alaska, and a member of Kodiak Island Search and Rescue.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Christopher CunninghamIntroduction: Kayaking Safety; Index to Safety Sidebars1 Drifting with the Current2 Another Lesson from the School of Hard Knocks3 Of Risk, Knowledge, Choice . . . And Special Vulnerability4 A Tale of Two Rescues5 The Open Coast, or, All Your Eggs in One Kayak6 Risks Compounded7 Sea Caves, Arches, and Narrow Passages8 Long Swims9 Rough Passages10 The Phantom Barge11 Run-in with a Great White12 Double Fatality in Prince William Sound13 Happy Endings14 Surf Zone Accidents15 Saved by a Drysuit16 Vanished17 Ferry Rescue in the San Juans18 Rosario Strait Rescue19 Nightime Accident on Willapa Bay20 Lessons in Judgment21 Ice Fall in Blackstone Bay22 Carried to SafelyIndexAbout the Authors and Contributors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    This Book May Save Your Life

    I paddled for two years before picking up this book and gulping it down in a few marathon reading sessions. You can gain a decade of experience reading Deep Trouble if you pay attention. The true stories of what can go wrong while paddling and just how bad things can get if you aren't prepared changed the way I paddle, look at the water and weather, what I carry and where I carry it. This book is a must read for anyone getting in their kayak, especially when the cooler temperatures hit. When you pursue a hobby that has the potential to kill you, you must learn to pay attention. This book will give you a huge wake up call. I loved it and am a safer paddler because of it.

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