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The Essential Sea Kayaker : A Complete Guide for the Open Water Paddler, Second Edition - David Seidman

The Essential Sea Kayaker

A Complete Guide for the Open Water Paddler, Second Edition

Paperback Published: 6th December 2000
ISBN: 9780071362375
Number Of Pages: 160

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Expanded to include sections on seamanship, navigation, and health issues, the completely updated and redesigned new edition of David Seidman's bestselling guide reaffirms its reputation as the best sea kayaking guide available. A top-to-bottom introduction for novice and mid-level kayakers, this highly visual handbook provides kayakers with the whole scoop on everything from gear, transportation, and paddling technique to the finer points of Eskimo rolling, rescue protocol, group and solo paddling.

Preface to the Second Edition


Sea Kayaking 101: Setting Forth

1 What You Will Need


Single or Double?; Slow and Stable or Fast and Tippy?; Rigid or Collapsible?; Meeting Your Standards


Materials; Length; Blade; Feathered or Nonfeathered; Shaft


Spray Skirt; PFD; Audible Signal; Bailers; Bow Line; Paddle Float; Flotation; Eyeglass Strap; Nose Clips

A Place to Learn

2 Meet Your Kayak


Making It Fit

Transporting by Car

Transporting by Hand

Gear Care and Storage

3 Getting In and Out (Dry)

Beach: Kayak in Water

Beach: Kayak on Land

Low Dock

High Dock

4 Getting In and Out (Wet)

Wet Exit



Paddle Float Reentry

5 Boat Dynamics



6 Paddling Basics

Holding the Paddle

Basic Stroke: Nonfeathered

Basic Stroke: Feathered


Body Twist

The Complete Stroke

Dos and Don'ts

Stopping and Backing

Fine Points of Paddling Basics

7 Maneuvering

Forward Sweep

Reverse Sweep

Stern Rudder Stroke

Rudders and Skegs

Draw Stroke

Sculling Draw

Linking Stroke


8 Bracing


Slap Brace

Low Brace

Sweeping Low Brace

High Brace

Sculling Brace

Sea Kayaking 102: Heading Out

9 What You Will Need

Safety Gear

Clothing; Paddling Jacket; Wet Suit; Dry Suit; Visual Distress Signals; Lights; Radios and Cell Phones

10 Body Language

Knee Lift

Carved Turns

Hip Flick

Extended Bracing

11 Eskimo Roll


Practice: Setup

Practice: Sweep

Practice: Flick and Lay-Back

The Complete Roll

Fine Points


12 Through the Surf



13 Wind and Waves




14 Group Travel

Two or More

Management and Communication

Assisted Rescues

Assisted Reentry

Graduate Courses: Continuing Education

15 Body Basics

Care and Prevention

Exercises; Fuel and Hydration; Tendonitis; Seasickness; Hypothermia

16 Sea and Sky

Weather Wise

Weather Forecaster

Useful Weather Lore

Dealing with the Elements

Wind and Storms; Fog; Tides; Currents

17 Navigation

How Not to Get Lost

Essential Skills

Charts and Compasses

Charts; Compasses; Compass-Only Navigation; Navigation with a Chart; GPS Receivers

Understanding Boat Traffic

18 Paddler's Resources

For Disabled Paddlers

For Families

General Information on Kayaking

Periodicals; Books; Charts and Tide Tables; Gatherings; Equipment; Clubs and Organizations; Schools for Sea Kayaking and Outdoor Skills


ISBN: 9780071362375
ISBN-10: 0071362371
Series: The Essential Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 6th December 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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