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Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring [NOOK Book]

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This classic guide focuses on the fundamentals of seamanship that are essential knowledge to all ocean paddlers.

Sea kayaking has come a long way since this informative manual was published more than twenty years ago. From an offbeat pastime enjoyed by an adventurous few, the sport has become an industry unto itself. Veteran paddler John Dowd’s readable, well-illustrated ...
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Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring

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Overview

This classic guide focuses on the fundamentals of seamanship that are essential knowledge to all ocean paddlers.

Sea kayaking has come a long way since this informative manual was published more than twenty years ago. From an offbeat pastime enjoyed by an adventurous few, the sport has become an industry unto itself. Veteran paddler John Dowd’s readable, well-illustrated guide still stands as "the bible" for both new and experienced kayakers.

Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes. But the key focus in this revised and updated edition is on sound seamanship and good risk management: how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate, how to travel with a group. Drawing on his long experience paddling in all climates, Dowd presents practical, concrete advice on dealing with potential hazards (from surf to sea ice to sharks) and carrying out rescues. The book contains new photographs and numerous helpful charts, diagrams and illustrations. It also covers expedition planning, instructional methods and sea kayaking for people with disabilities.

As more and more paddlers take to the water, this classic guide continues to be required reading for those seeking adventure on the open ocean.

The most complete book ever published on the subject of bluewater kayaking, and the only book focusing on every kayaker's dream: the long expedition.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
New edition of a thorough reference first published in 1981<-->when the sport was little known<-->and revised/reprinted several times since then. Though certainly of interest and useful to the beginner, this reference is especially useful to the experienced paddler who needs specifics rather than generalities in connection with equipment, technique, navigation, emergency procedures, and planning an expedition, among other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926685366
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 747,109
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John Dowd has been paddling kayaks for more than forty years and has led many expeditions. He was publisher of the sport’s first magazine, "Sea Kayaker," and is the former owner of a specialty kayak shop. He works as a consultant to the kayak industry and recently co-produced a video entitled "Seamanship for Kayakers." He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements / vii
Introduction / 1

1 Equipment / 7
2 Technique / 59
3 Seamanship, Self-Rescue & Assisted Rescues / 79
4 Navigation / 111
5 Weather / 127
6 Reading the Sea / 137
7 Hazards / 151
8 Storm & Other Emergency Procedures / 173
9 Camping, Food Gathering & the Environment / 183
10 First Aid / 195
11 Survival Situations / 207
12 Planning an Exploration / 219
13 Tours, Rentals & Instruction / 231
14 Sea Kayaking for People with Disabilities / 247

Appendix A: Transoceanic Solos / 251
Appendix B: Sea Kayaking Photography / 255
Appendix C: Responsibility in the Outdoors / 256
Bibliography / 257
Index / 260
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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    BASIC KAYAK LIBRARY

    Beginner,intermediate,and 'expert' kayaker will find indepth, concise, and even useful information in Dowd.
    With Burch's "Navigation," Ford's rolling DVD, and Washburne's "The coastal kayaker's manual : a complete guide to skills, gear, and sea sense," the reader will acquire essential knowledge to begin learning on the water.

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