The Essential Whitewater Kayaker: A Complete Course

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Whitewater kayaking is a high-adrenaline Olympic sport that has won a large following and demands special skills. Beginning to intermediate river runners will find it all here: selecting equipment, padling techniques, reading a river, tips from the pros, and more. Great photos complete this companion to the highly successful The EssentialSea Kayaker.

Jeff Bennett is an internationally known whitewater expert and former river guide. His writing and photography have appeared in ...

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Overview

Whitewater kayaking is a high-adrenaline Olympic sport that has won a large following and demands special skills. Beginning to intermediate river runners will find it all here: selecting equipment, padling techniques, reading a river, tips from the pros, and more. Great photos complete this companion to the highly successful The EssentialSea Kayaker.

Jeff Bennett is an internationally known whitewater expert and former river guide. His writing and photography have appeared in many outdoors and river running books and publications. He is a columnist for Paddler Magazine, frequent contributor to Canoe & Kayak, and author of The Complete Whitewater Rafter (Ragged Mountain Press, 1996) and A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071343275
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.85 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Bennett is an internationally known whitewater expert and former river guide. His writing and photography have appeared in many outdoors and river running books and publications. He is a columnist for Paddler Magazine, frequent contributor to Canoe & Kayak, and author of The Complete Whitewater Rafter (Ragged Mountain Press, 1996) and A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Insights from the Pros; The Rest of the Gang

Introduction

What Are You Getting Yourself Into?; Why Whitewater Kayaks?; Instructors and Paddle Schools; What about Gear?; Clubs and Organizations; How to Use This Book

1. Equipment: Don't Leave Home Without It

Kayak Anatomy; Choosing the Right Kayak; Kayak Outfitting; Keeping It High and Dry; Paddles; Riverwear

2. Climbing Aboard Your Kayak

Before You Get in the Water; Getting into Your Kayak; Otter Launching; Getting Out of Your Kayak

3. Propulsion Basics: Different Strokes to Move Your Boat

How Paddling Works; Holding Your Paddle; Body Talk; The Three Types of Strokes; Turning Strokes; Power Strokes; Advanced Strokes

4. Bracing: When You Need A Paddle to Lean On

Low Brace; High Brace; Sculling Brace

5. The Eskimo Roll and Beyond

The Hip Snap and Eskimo Rescue; Elements of the Eskimo Roll; The Sweep Roll; The Extended-Paddle Roll; The Reverse-Sweep Roll; Offside Rolls; The Hand Roll

6. The Dynamics of Running Water: River Morphology

A Look beneath the Surface; River Characteristics; Surface Features; The Big Picture; Rating the Rapids

7. Running the Rapids

Heading Downriver; Staying Parallel with the Current; Ferrying; Turns and Pivots; Eddy Maneuvers; The SAFE System; Honing Your Skills

8. Safety and Rescue: Keeping Your Head and Gear Above Water

Using Your Brain; Pre-Trip Preparedness; Safety and Rescue Equipment; Group Travel; Self Rescues; Water-Based Assisted Rescues; Land-Based Assisted Rescues; River Crossings; Pins and Broaches; FirstAid

9. The World of Advanced Kayaking: Steeper and Deeper

Preparation; Helpful Hydraulics; Steep Creeking; Low-Water Techniques; Big-Water Techniques

10. The Art of Playboating: Dances with Rivers

Equipment; Surfing; Aerial Tricks; Retentive Tricks; Rodeos

11. The World of Squirt Boating

Squirt Boats; The Stern Squirt; Bow Squirts; Rocket Moves; Splats; Blasting; Wave Moves; Mystery Moves

12. Whitewater Racing: Fast and Wild

Types of Races; Slalom Races; Wildwater Races; Extreme Races

13. Surf Kayaking: Just Add Salt

Equipment; Waves and Currents; Basic Techniques; Surf Tricks

14. Overnight Trips: Life on the Liquid Road

Planning Ahead; Rafts; Pack Your 'Yak; Campsite Selection; Human Waste; Cookery; Water

15. River Exploration and First Descents: Your Own River Wild

The Research Phase; Putting Together a Team; Equipment and Supplies; Safety; Getting to the River; Running the River

16. Transporting and Caring for Kayaking Gear

Caring for Your Kayak; Kayak Repairs; Maintaining Equipment

17. Preserving the River Environment

Appendix

Safety Code of American Whitewater; Equipment Checklist; First-Aid Kit; Trip Planner; Metric Conversions

Glossary

Resources

Recommended Reading; How-To Videos; Periodicals; Organizations; Other Internet Links; Cyber Updates and Author Inquiries

Index

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