Easykayaker: A Guide to Laid-Back Paddling

Easykayaker: A Guide to Laid-Back Paddling

by Paul Grey, Gary Backlund

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Overview

Explore all the advantages of kayaking in Paul Grey and Gary Backlund's Easykayaker: A Guide to Laid-back Vancouver Island Paddling , aimed at families and their children or beginner and intermediate kayakers. As opposed to the more adventurous and intimidating books written about the exhilarating sport of kayaking, Easykayaker introduces kayaking as a relaxing sport as well as a thrilling one.

Easykayaker discusses easy-to-paddle trips in thorough easy-to-read chapters and provides people with all the basic information they will need to get started—with sections on buying a suitable kayak, camping, kayaking with kids and how to choose an appropriate tour guide. The book focuses mainly on eastern Vancouver Island and other popular Vancouver Island paddling locations ranging from the Gulf Islands to the Broken Group and Nootka Sound.

Grey and Backlund also cover safety and coastal regulations, rescue techniques and information on tides, currents, marine winds and weather as well as other useful tips for novice kayakers. The book is complete with concise regional maps of Vancouver Island, charts, black-and-white photos and diagrams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780968785812
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 02/20/2002
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Grey was born in Nanaimo in 1951. His family has lived in Nanaimo and area for well over 100 years. He teaches at Coal Tyee Elementary School situated above the Northfield mining shaft his father worked as a young man. In 1993 Paul won the local Prime Minister's Awards for an environmental teaching project with his Grade 3 students. Three years later he won a provincial level Prime Minister's Award. In 1997 he won a Royal Bank fellowship to Queen's University in Ontario for his work in Information Technology. Paul has worked on several science projects with the Mid Island Science & Technology Council (MISTIC). He has been recognized for his outstanding science work and received a lithograph as the outstanding science teacher of BC in 1999. Paul has written four books including Easykayaker: a Guide to Laid-back Vancouver Island Paddling and Kayaking Vancouver Island: Great Trips from Port Hardy to Victoria. Paul is a co-founder of the Wave Publications Cooperative.

Gary Backlund has helped organize the last four Vancouver Island Paddlefests held in Ladysmith, BC. He is a house designer and building consultant and has delivered workshops on housing maintenance for First Nation communities throughout BC and the Yukon. Gary and his daughter, Katherine are the volunteer wardens for the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve, the home of 29 rare plant species. Gary and his family own and operate a British Columbia Managed Forest. Gary also sits on the Cowichan Valley Regional District's Round Table on the Environment.

Table of Contents

Section 1Easykayaker
About the book7
Gary's introduction to kayaking8
Paul's introduction to kayaking10
Section 2Kayak Safety
Basic safety for kayaking12
Coastal Regulations for kayaking14
Rescue techniques14
Tips for novice kayakers17
Equipment for a kayak day trip18
Tides, currents and charts19
Marine winds and weather23
Filing a float plan27
Section 3Buying a Kayak
Buying sea kayaks29
Buying a used sea kayak30
Buying a new sea kayak33
Section 4Kayak Care, Handling, Maintenance and Repair
Care and maintenance for your kayak36
Kayak repair37
Kayaker etiquette38
Section 5Kayak Camping
Kayak camping39
Pre-trip40
Camping list40
Clothing42
Meal planning42
Sample food lists43
Loading your kayak45
Camping etiquette46
Local kayak campsites48
Section 6Kayaking With Kids
Safety considerations, the right boat, making it fun52
From this kid's perspective53
Footnote from Dad (Gary)55
Adventure to Blackberry Point57
Footnote from Dad (Paul)60
Section 7With a Little Help From Your Commercial Friends
Adventure outfitters61
Motherships and sisterships64
Paddling clubs and associations65
Renting a sea kayak66
Section 8The Most Popular Kayaking Area in the World
Eastern Vancouver Island Launch Sites69
Cowichan Bay / Genoa Bay / Cherry Point71
Maple Bay boat ramp75
Crofton boat ramp79
Southey Point--Saltspring Island83
Chemainus' Kin Park87
Thetis Island93
Davis Lagoon--south of Ladysmith99
Transfer Beach Park--Ladysmith103
Ladysmith boat ramp107
Evening Cove--North Oyster113
Blue Heron Park--Yellow Point119
Cedar-by-the-Sea boat ramp125
Paddling the Gabriola Flat Tops129
Nanaimo Harbour133
Brechin boat ramp--Nanaimo139
Departure Bay to Piper's Lagoon--Nanaimo145
Piper's Lagoon--Nanaimo151
Schooner Cove--Nanoose155
Section 9Other Vancouver Island Paddles
The Broken Group Islands--Barkley Sound159
Nootka Sound, Spanish Pilot Group, Friendly Cove171
Jedediah Island179
Bibliography and Suggested Reading186
Index187

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