Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide

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May 22, 1998


Paperback, 144 pages


0070329559 / 9780070329553


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The only complete women's guide to sea kayaking. Shelley Johnson, a professional guide and kayak instructor, takes you through the process of becoming a kayaker, from deciding where you will paddle, to dealing with common fears and stumbling blocks.... .getting quality instruction. . .choosing your boat. . .learning paddling techniques. . .and planning your trips.

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionWhat defines sea kayaking?About this bookChapter 1: The Female Sea KayakerA good match for womenHow and why they got startedFinding your own styleChapter 2: Getting StartedStarting out rightOther options for getting startedHow does it feel?Common concernsChatper 3: Getting Friendly with Your BoatNaming of the partsGetting adjustedCarrying your boatGetting your boat on and off a vehicleGetting in and outBalance and the art of staying uprightChapter 4: Paddle Strokes and Controlling Your BoatGetting to know your paddlePaddle strokesChapter 5: Essential Skills for Getting Away From It AllThe wet exitGear to get you back inThe solo reentryThe assisted reentryThe Eskimo rollChapter 6: Your EquipmentKayaksPaddlesSafety equipment and accessoriesClothing as safety gearCare and feeding for equipmentChapter 7: Putting It All TogetherStaying on courseWavesWindTides and tidal currentsUsing the land: eddies in the oceanWeatherThe surf zoneRules of the road and realityChapter 8: Hit the Water TrailNavigationPacking your kayakA word about water trailsA low-impact vesselChapter 9: Tips and More TipsStretches for paddlersTo pee or not to peePaddling while pregnantBring along the familyPaddling with a disabilityChapter 10: ResourcesIndex

Author comments

Shelley Johnson is a registered Maine Guide and a coastal kayak instructor certified by the American Canoe Association. Sea kayaking editor for Canoe & Kayak Magazine, she also is a frequent contributor to Atlantic Coastal Kayaker and Kayak Touring. Shelley has taught sea kayaking and watersports safety courses throughout the United States and Canada.

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"What a breath of fresh air! The Woman's Guides seek to provide a comfortable, friendly place in which women can challenge themselves and learn new skills. Reading Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide gave me a sense of camaraderie, like being back at camp with best friends." --Dagny Scott, Contributing Editor for Women's Sports, SHAPE magazine

Ragged Mountain Press Woman's Guides--the first book series designed for the growing number of women who are active outdoors. These comprehensive guides provide everything you need to get started and keep going. Throughout each book you'll find tips, advice, and words of wisdom from women who've done what you're about to do--learn a new sport. At last: books for women who love the outdoors, written in a woman's voice with a woman's approach to learning.

"A winner! . . . Renowned outdoors and paddlesports writer Shelley Johnson will inspire readers to get paddling." --Lafe Low, Executive Director, Adventure Club of North America

In Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide you'll find the knowledge and skills you need to become a self-sufficient paddler. Yes, you can load a kayak on a car by yourself . . . get in and out of your boat easily--without capsizing . . . help a capsized kayaker get back in her boat . . . perform (and even learn to love) an Eskimo roll! Shelley Johnson's fresh perspective and up-to-date presentation of techniques and equipment provide all the tools you need to become a confident, comfortable, capable sea kayaker!

"I was pretty hesitant about paddling a kayak out into the ocean, but after reading Shelley's suggestions for overcoming fear, I was ready to try." --Louise Allen, new sea kayaker

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