Sea Kayaker's Pocket Guide

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October 1, 2001


Mixed media product, 144 pages


0071375287 / 9780071375283


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Table of contents

Before You Go Trip Planning Having a Plan; Getting the Forecast; Timing the Tide Clothing and Equipment Staying Warm, Staying Dry; Staying Cool; Life Vests (PFDs); Checking Your Gear; Adjusting the Fit Pretrip Details Who to Contact; Float Plan; Ten Essentials; Organizing Your Gear Launch Day Transporting Kayaks Kayaks on Cars; Carrying Your Kayak At the Beach or Dock Trimming and Packing the Boat; Launch Site Checklist Getting In and Out of Your Kayak At the Beach; Launching and Landing at a Dock; Launching in Surf On the Water Paddling Smart Paddle Grip; Moving Forward; Turning (Sweep Strokes); Pacing; Crossing a Current (Ferrying); Staying on Course Reading the Conditions Cloud Types; Beaufort Scale (Wind Speed Table); Predicting Wind Direction; Weather Sayings and Observations; Wave Heights Group Travel Formations; Group Signals Challenges at Sea Strong Winds; Beam Seas; Following Seas; Squalls; Fog; Boat Traffic Night Paddling Traveling Safely; Night Signals Navigation Navigation Skills Compass Rose; Buoys; Light Characteristics; Latitude-Longitude Readings; Taking a Bearing; Line of Position; Ranges; Determining Speed of Travel; Determining a Fixed Point; Tidal Current Calculations; Where Am I? Electronic Navigation GPS Waypoints; Storing GPS Information On the Air VHF Radio Signals; VHF Radio Protocol Emergency Situations When Things Go Wrong Distress Signals; Lightning; Capsize!; Capsized Partner; Rescue Sling; Lost Kayaker When It's Time to Tow Towing in Seas; Close-Contact Towing; Stabilizing the Towed Paddler Going Ashore Getting There Landing Sites; Landing in Surf; Public Access Camping Choosing a Campsite; Setting Up Camp; Using Salt Water; How Much Water?; Leave-No-Trace Kayaking; Gray-Water Disposal; Waste Disposal Wildlife Sea Birds; Marine Mammals; Stranded Animals Field Repairs Boat Repairs Leaks; Composite (Cloth and Resin) Kayaks; Plastic Kayaks; Rudder and Skeg Jams; Jammed Foot Braces; Bulkhead Repairs Accessory Repairs Paddle Breaks; Jammed Paddle Ferrules; Vinyl (Dry Bags, etc.); Dry Suits and Dry Tops; Neoprene First Aid Muscles and Joints Wrist Aches; Shoulder Aches; Dislocated Shoulder; Sprained Ankle; Backaches; Numb Feet Heat and Cold Sunburn; Dehydration; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia Nature's Offerings Salt-Water Rashes; Barnacle Cuts; Deer Ticks; Red Tide; Brown-Tail Moths; Poisonous Plants Frequent Complaints Blisters; Burns; Contact Lens Problems Index

Author comments

Shelley Johnson is a contributing editor to Canoe & Kayak, an American Canoe Association - certified kayak instructor, and a registered Maine Guide. She is a frequent contributor to Atlantic Coastal Kayaker and Kayak Touring and the author of Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide and The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook.

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Like having a trusted guide at your side

Ingenious, simple, and eminently practical, Sea Kayaker's Pocket Guide is all you need to get out on the water and start kayaking. Experienced kayak guide and instructor Shelley Johnson provides expert advice on pretrip planning, launching (and landing) your kayak, paddling tips, weather and navigation, safety and first aid, and leave-no-trace camping. This guide is illustrated throughout by helpful photographs and drawings. Next to your paddle, this book could be the most important item you pack.


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