Kayaking is one of the most exhilarating ways of getting afloat, whether enjoying a leisurely paddle or shooting whitewater. This lavishly illustrated and clearly written guide imparts readers with all the knowledge they'll need for getting out on the water, and the confidence to tackle all of the basic kayaking maneuvers. Beginning with launching and basic paddling skills, the book goes on to explain more advanced techniques, including a step-by-step guide to the Eskimo roll. Safety is emphasized throughout, with full chapter dedicated to rescue and righting procedures.
Within about seventy-five miles of downtown Houston, some 1,500 miles of rivers, creeks, lakes, bayous, and bays await discovery. Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways, by longtime paddler Natalie Wiest, is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to experience Houston’s well-watered landscape from the seat of a kayak or canoe. Before introducing readers to the quiet, green world that lies within and around the heart of the city, Wiest gives some pointers on water safety (including swimming and boating); on weather, flood stages, and legal access; and on an often unseen but always present paddling companion—alligators. She also provides a gear checklist for a day trip, a brief guide to boats and paddles, and a “sampler” list of easy places to paddle for true beginners. Presented in nine chapters, each organized around a river system or coastal basin and comprising a “suite” of paddling trips, the excursions described by Wiest offer a general description of the destination, directions (both driving and paddling), and details about the paddling conditions and access sites, which are all publicly owned or managed. Each chapter lists mileages, USGS gauging station numbers, and GIS locations when applicable. Also including ninety color photos and more than thirty detailed maps, Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways offers both novice and experienced paddlers a helpful and enjoyable reference for experiencing nature at water level, in and around Houston. To learn more about The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, sponsors of this book's series, please click here.
The official word on river kayaking basics from the American Canoe Association, the nation's most respected authority on paddling, Introduction to River Kayaking provides beginning paddlers with everything they need to enjoy a safe kayak outing. With an emphasis on safety and kayak handling technique, Introduction to River Kayaking is the primary learning text for beginning kayakers, and for experienced kayakers who want to revisit the vital basics of river kayaking. Paddling safely requires, above all, the exercise of good judgment. And part of developing good judgment means understanding the challenges and hazards inherent in any situation and one's own ability to meet them. What are the Essentials of River Kayaking? - Safety - to safely paddle on rivers up through Class I, perform self-rescue, and respond to emergencies - Enjoyment - to become aware of paddling opportunities and the rewards of lifetime participation in paddling - Skills - to acquire the ability to safely and enjoyably paddle on Class I rivers Essentials of River Kayaking features: Real-life paddling scenarios The latest in kayaking safety and technology Illustrations and photographs of essential gear, boats, strokes, maneuvers, and rescue techniques Review questions and answers designed for the ACA's Essentials of River Kayaking course Detailed glossary of terms and important waterway safety information.
A practical guide that will help you to master the skills needed to manoeuvre a sea kayak efficiently. For beginner and intermediate paddlers. Doug draws on his personal and coaching experience to help the reader master sea kayak handling skills and techniques. Accurate sequential photos and simple concise language make the descriptions easy to follow and understand. The foundation skills of posture, connectivity (how your body is connected to the kayak), power transfer and learning to 'feel' how the boat responds, are explored initially. The author then goes on to tackle forward paddling, keeping the kayak on course, reverse paddling, edging, turning on the spot, forward turns on the move, reverse turns on the move, stern rudders, moving sideways, support strokes, and the use of skegs and rudders. Sea Kayak Handling is recommended as support material for the British Canoe Union 3 and 4 Star (Sea) awards. (The 1 star is a novice 'encouragement' award, the 2 star covers basic generic kayak skills, the 3 star basic/intermediate sea specific skills and experience, and the 4 star covers intermediate sea specific skills and leadership in moderate conditions).
A complete beginner's guide to the sit-on-top kayak. Sit- on-top kayaking is fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it! Paddlers, newcomers and those curious about the sport will find all the answers to their questions in this book. Using colour photos and clear descriptions, this book is the perfect introduction to sit-on-top kayaking. Choosing the right kayak, how to store and transport it, how to get the most fun out of your boat and how to stay safe whilst doing so are explored in detail. Snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving are some of the other activities that benefit from using sit-on-tops and these are also covered.
A Manual for Beginners with Tips for the Experienced
Author: Dennis Stuhaug
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
A generously photographed and illustrated handbook for beginners and seasoned paddlers, Kayaking Made Easy is brimming with advice, humor, and personal anecdotes about every aspect of flatwater and sea kayaking. Dennis Stuhaug, an encouraging and enthusiastic instructor, takes a step-by-step approach to introducing kayaking gear, strokes, maneuvers, and the complexities of long-distance navigation. This edition is completely updated with information about new equipment and techniques, all accompanied by stunning full-color photos.