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The Essential Sea Kayaker: A Complete Guide for the Open Water Paddler (The Essential Series)

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Expanded to include sections on seamanship, navigation, and health issues, the completely updated and redesigned new edition of David Seidman’s bestselling guide reaffirms its reputation as the best sea kayaking guide available. A top-to-bottom introduction for novice and mid-level kayakers, this highly visual handbook provides kayakers with the whole scoop on everything from gear, transportation, and paddling technique to the finer points of Eskimo rolling, rescue protocol, ...

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Overview

Expanded to include sections on seamanship, navigation, and health issues, the completely updated and redesigned new edition of David Seidman’s bestselling guide reaffirms its reputation as the best sea kayaking guide available. A top-to-bottom introduction for novice and mid-level kayakers, this highly visual handbook provides kayakers with the whole scoop on everything from gear, transportation, and paddling technique to the finer points of Eskimo rolling, rescue protocol, group and solo paddling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071362375
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/6/2000
  • Series: The Essential Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 699,554
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

David Seidman, an editor at Boating magazine, is the author of The Essential Wilderness Navigator and The Complete Sailor. His own experience as an entry-level sea kayaker began in the late 1980s, and his memories of early challenges and misadventures are still fresh.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionIntroductionSea Kayaking 101: Setting Forth1 What You Will NeedKayakSingle or Double?; Slow and Stable or Fast and Tippy?; Rigid or Collapsible?; Meeting Your StandardsPaddleMaterials; Length; Blade; Feathered or Nonfeathered; ShaftGearSpray Skirt; PFD; Audible Signal; Bailers; Bow Line; Paddle Float; Flotation; Eyeglass Strap; Nose ClipsA Place to Learn2 Meet Your KayakLiftingMaking It FitTransporting by CarTransporting by HandGear Care and Storage3 Getting In and Out (Dry)Beach: Kayak in WaterBeach: Kayak on LandLow DockHigh Dock4 Getting In and Out (Wet)Wet ExitSwimming EmptyingPaddle Float Reentry5 Boat DynamicsStabilityBalance6 Paddling BasicsHolding the PaddleBasic Stroke: NonfeatheredBasic Stroke: FeatheredPush/PullBody TwistThe Complete StrokeDos and Don'tsStopping and BackingFine Points of Paddling Basics7 ManeuveringForward SweepReverse SweepStern Rudder StrokeRudders and SkegsDraw StrokeSculling DrawLinking StrokeDrills8 BracingPrinciplesSlap BraceLow BraceSweeping Low BraceHigh BraceSculling BraceSea Kayaking 102: Heading Out9 What You Will NeedSafety GearClothing; Paddling Jacket; Wet Suit; Dry Suit; Visual Distress Signals; Lights; Radios and Cell Phones10 Body LanguageKnee LiftCarved TurnsHip FlickExtended Bracing11 Eskimo RollPrinciplesPractice: SetupPractice: SweepPractice: Flick and Lay-BackThe Complete RollFine PointsReentry-and-Roll12 Through the SurfLaunchingLanding13 Wind and WavesIntoAcrossWith14 Group TravelTwo or MoreManagement and CommunicationAssisted RescuesAssisted ReentryGraduate Courses: Continuing Education15 Body BasicsCare and PreventionExercises; Fuel and Hydration; Tendonitis; Seasickness; Hypothermia16 Sea and SkyWeather WiseWeather ForecasterUseful Weather LoreDealing with the ElementsWind and Storms; Fog; Tides; Currents17 NavigationHow Not to Get LostEssential SkillsCharts and CompassesCharts; Compasses; Compass-Only Navigation; Navigation with a Chart; GPS ReceiversUnderstanding Boat Traffic18 Paddler's ResourcesFor Disabled PaddlersFor FamiliesGeneral Information on KayakingPeriodicals; Books; Charts and Tide Tables; Gatherings; Equipment; Clubs and Organizations; Schools for Sea Kayaking and Outdoor SkillsIndex

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