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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

Acknowledgments


Introduction


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


Kayaks


Paddles


Safety equipment and accessories


Clothing as safety gear


Care and feeding for equipment


Chapter 7: Putting It All Together


Staying on course


Waves


Wind


Tides and tidal currents


Using the land: eddies in the ocean


Weather


The surf zone


Rules of the road and reality


Chapter 8: Hit the Water Trail


Navigation


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


Index


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