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Sea Kayaker Magazine's Handbook of Safety and Rescue [Paperback]

Doug Alderson , Michael Pardy
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1 May 2003
Taking risks and overcoming challenges are fundamental to the thrill and satisfaction of sea kayaking. When you paddle beyond sheltered waters and into the open ocean, however, due diligence and thorough preparation are not optional; they are essential to your safety. It takes well-developed judgment to know when you're just stretching the envelope and when you're bursting through it. And when your risk assessments fail you, self-rescue and assisted-rescue techniques are not supplementary skills - they will save your life.In this indispensable handbook, two premier kayaking instructors help you prepare your body, your boat, and your brain to meet this demanding sport's challenges. You'll learn how to make the right decisions in tough situations, choose the right safety and rescue equipment, and develop the skills and stamina you'll need to rescue yourself and others under perilous conditions. You'll also learn to: plan your trip and assess the risks ahead of time; prepare for tides, currents, and local weather and wave effects; paddle in wind, heavy seas, and tidal currents; navigate in rough weather; communicate during emergencies; and perform a wide variety of self and assisted rescues.

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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262517582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071388900
  • ASIN: 0071388907
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 18.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PADDLE SAFELY BEYOND SHELTERED WATERS

Taking risks and overcoming challenges are fundamental to the thrill and satisfaction of sea kayaking. When you paddle beyond sheltered waters and into the open ocean, however, due diligence and thorough preparation are not optional; they are essential to your safety. It takes well-developed judgment to know when you're just stretching the envelope and when you're bursting through it. And when your risk assessments fail you, self-rescue and assisted-rescue techniques are not supplementary skills--they will save your life.

In this indispensable handbook, two premier kayaking instructors help you prepare your body, your boat, and your brain to meet this demanding sport's challenges. You'll learn how to make the right decisions in tough situations, choose the right safety and rescue equipment, and develop the skills and stamina you'll need to rescue yourself and others under perilous conditions. You'll also learn to:

  • Plan your trip and assess the risks ahead of time
  • Prepare for tides, currents, and local weather and wave effects
  • Paddle in wind, heavy seas, and tidal currents
  • Navigate in rough weather
  • Communicate during emergencies
  • Perform a wide variety of self and assisted rescues

About the Author

Douglas Alderson is a senior instructor-trainer for the Canadian Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association and a senior instructor for the British Canoe Union. He is the author of Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler.

Michael Pardy is the director of the sea kayaking school at Ocean River Sports and a director of SKILS (Sea Kayak Instruction and Leadership Systems) Ltd. He is also a senior instructor-trainer for the Canadian Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association and a lead guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia. Together they have more than forty years of paddling experience in a variety of conditions along Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic shores.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good book 24 Jan 2012
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This was bought as laugh for my brother who was in the process of making a home built canoe from 2 sheets of plywood and a plan off the internet. He is notoriously bad at constructing anything so thought this would be very apt.
Actually turns out to be a very informative book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kayaking- Safety at sea. 24 Jan 2011
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This book is very readable. It contains clear photographs of kayaking techniques all clearly explained. The photos are in black and white with some line drawings but this does not detract from the appreciation of the book.
As a newcomer to kayaking (BCU1) I found the book useful and informative. It contains several anecdotes about situations in which you could find yourself in trouble and what the solution should have been. Recommended but remember to get out and kayak!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 Aug 2013
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Wanted a kayak book just on rescues. This book fitted the bill! Good pictures and well written. Not the best overall kayak book but good if you're looking to understand rescues and how to deal with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for sea kayaker 10 Jun 2009
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This book excels where Sea Kayker Magazine's Deep Trouble fell short. This is a volume with fewer stories and presents in-depth and comprehensive coverage of just about all topics on kayaking technique and strategy. When I read it first, I did not pay too much attention to the first chapter on judgment and leadership. Now I am re-reading it and finding it very interesting.

Prior to this volume, I've read several kayak books by kayaking oracles (Dowd, Foster, Hutchinson) and this one definitely presents multiple topics that are either not covered elsewhere at all of are not covered elsewhere in this detail.

Even when topics presented in this book are redundant with other sources, the relative emphasis on safety rather than efficiency is new and I found it compelling.
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