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Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide by Shelley Johnson

The only complete women's guide to sea kayaking. Shelley Johnson, a professional guide and kayak instructor, takes you through the process of becoming a kayaker, from deciding where you will paddle, to dealing with common fears and stumbling blocks.... .getting quality instruction. . .choosing your boat. . .learning paddling techniques. . .and planning your trips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070329553
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Series: Ragged Mountain Press Woman's Guide Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Shelley Johnson is a registered Maine Guide and a coastal kayak instructor certified by the American Canoe Association. Sea kayaking editor for Canoe & Kayak Magazine, she also is a frequent contributor to Atlantic Coastal Kayaker and Kayak Touring. Shelley has taught sea kayaking and watersports safety courses throughout the United States and Canada.

Table of Contents



What defines sea kayaking?

About this book

Chapter 1: The Female Sea Kayaker

A good match for women

How and why they got started

Finding your own style

Chapter 2: Getting Started

Starting out right

Other options for getting started

How does it feel?

Common concerns

Chatper 3: Getting Friendly with Your Boat

Naming of the parts

Getting adjusted

Carrying your boat

Getting your boat on and off a vehicle

Getting in and out

Balance and the art of staying upright

Chapter 4: Paddle Strokes and Controlling Your Boat

Getting to know your paddle

Paddle strokes

Chapter 5: Essential Skills for Getting Away From It All

The wet exit

Gear to get you back in

The solo reentry

The assisted reentry

The Eskimo roll

Chapter 6: Your Equipment



Safety equipment and accessories

Clothing as safety gear

Care and feeding for equipment

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together

Staying on course



Tides and tidal currents

Using the land: eddies in the ocean


The surf zone

Rules of the road and reality

Chapter 8: Hit the Water Trail


Packing your kayak

A word about water trails

A low-impact vessel

Chapter 9: Tips and More Tips

Stretches for paddlers

To pee or not to pee

Paddling while pregnant

Bring along the family

Paddling with a disability

Chapter 10: Resources


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