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Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking
Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking

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Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Author Statement: Gary and Joanie McGuffin
Audience: Trade
Specs: 600 color photographs and illustrations, index
Pages: 208
Trim Size: 11" x 8 1/2" X 9/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20120315
Copyright Year: 2008
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Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking

Well-illustrated with more than 600 color photographs, this how-to book achieves as high a standard as the authors' Paddle Your Own Canoe with step-by-step instructions on essential techniques, and includes history, recommendations, camping and more.

Paddle Your Own Canoe set a new standard for how-to-canoe books. In this companion title, Gary and Joanie McGuffin use the same model for the art of kayaking. The authors discuss the kayak's Inuit history, types of kayaking, recommended kayak sizes and shapes, and proper gear and clothing. They also offer expert, step-by-step instructions on all of the sport's essential techniques.

Illustrated with more than 600 color photographs and illustrations, Paddle Your Own Kayak is designed for both seasoned and novice kayaker, offering guidance on:

  • Balancing the body
  • Strokes and maneuvers
  • Paddling fundamentals
  • Recoveries and rescues
  • Carrying and launching
  • Weather and water conditions techniques
  • Staying centered
  • Navigation methods.

A special section on kayak camping provides good advice on what to look for in a destination, how to select a site, packing your kayak, setting up tents and shelters, meal preparation, water filtration, first aid and much more.

Bio:

Gary and Joanie McGuffin are stars in the paddling world, well known for their wilderness expeditions as well as for their conservation efforts. They are the authors of Superior: Journeys on an Inland Sea, which won the 1996 Great Lakes Booksellers Award, and the bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe, which set the standard for paddling instruction books. They live on a 300-acre wilderness preserve overlooking Lake Superior.

TOC:

  1. The Way of the Kayak
  2. The Kayak
  3. The Outfit
  4. Balancing the Body
  5. Carrying and Launching the Kayak
  6. The Fundamentals of Paddling
  7. Getting Centered
  8. Strokes and Maneuvers
  9. Safety and Rescue Equipment
  10. Capsize Recoveries and Rescues
  11. Navigation
  12. Weather, Wind, Waves and Tides
  13. Planning Your Own Adventures
  14. Tying It All Together
  15. Building Your Own Kayak
  16. Paddle Your Own Kayak

Selected Readings and Resources
Acknowledgement
Index

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