Synopses & Reviews
A generously 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.
Hell help you:
Choose the right hull for your needs
Outfit your kayak with seat, flotation, spray deck, and other fittings
Master basic maneuvers, from the sweep stroke to the sculling brace
Assemble a kayaking wardrobe thats comfortable and affordable
Safely navigate the hazards of wind, fog, eddies, and rip currents
Ensure that all your companions, including the kids, have a terrific time
"The friendly, accessible tone of this book is refreshing and encouraging . . . ."--Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio
". . . written so smartly and technically it could double as a course textbook."--Woodland Hills Daily News, Los Angeles
Updated to reflect all the latest gear and techniques, this guide is the perfect step-by-step handbook for beginners, with sage advice on every aspect of flat-water and sea kayaking, from selecting a boat to kayak camping.
About the Author
is a former editor with Canoe & Kayak
magazine, a former paddling instructor, and the author of Basic Essentials Sit-on-Top Kayaking
(FalconGuides). He lives, writes, and paddles in the Seattle area.
Table of Contents
(1) You Can Learn to Kayak (2) What Is a Kayak? (3) What Is It Made Of? (4) Outfitting Your Basic Kayak (5) You and Your PFD (6) Power to the Paddle (7) Let's Go Paddling (8) Draw Strokes (9) A Bracing Experience (10) Linking Strokes: Making Your Paddle Work for You (11) Keeping It Straight (12) Wearing Your Kayak (13) A Saving Grace: Rescues (14) Tools of the Piloting Trade (15) Tides and Currents (16) Resources and the Rule of Thirds (17) Taking Your Kids Kayaking (18) First Aid and the Paddler (19) Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink (20) Nattily Attired (21) Rack 'em Up! (22) Let's Go Voyaging (23) Kayak Camping (24) Waves, Wind, and Weather (25) Sailing (26) Why Go Kayaking? (27) Appendix: The Beaufort Scale (28) Glossary (29) Index