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

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9780071362375: The Essential Sea Kayaker: A Complete Guide for the Open Water Paddler, Second Edition

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.

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The Essential Series--Your Trusted Guides

"Does an excellent job."--Sea Kayaker

"A standout. Empathy for the reader-what a concept!"--Canoe and Kayak

"Filled with the details you need to make paddling safe and pleasurable."--WoodenBoat

"We needed a book of this quality."--Atlantic Coastal Kayaker

Combining the logic of a lesson plan with the grace of informality, this book is the next best thing to having a personal instructor always at your side. Known for nearly a decade as the sea kayaker's bible for its clear, user-friendly approach, The Essential Sea Kayaker is now updated and expanded to give you the information you need on

  • Boat and gear selection and care
  • Skills from your first launch through carved turns, Eskimo rolls, and negotiating wind and waves
  • Safety, health, and rescue tips
  • Group and solo paddling strategies
  • Seamanship and navigation

Adopted by kayaking schools and seminars worldwide, the best introduction to sea kayaking is now even better.

About the Author:

David Seidman, an editor at Boating magazine, is the author of The Essential Wilderness Navigator and The Complete Sailor. His own experience as an entry-level sea kayaker began in the late 1980s, and his memories of early challenges and misadventures are still fresh.

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