Kayaking is a tremendously wide--ranging sport. You can go for a leisurely paddle on your local pond, travel down a river or experience the thrills of white water. It is truly a sport for life. This lavishly--illustrated, clearly--written guide will have you out on the water fast -- and in safety. It covers: How to get started. The equipment you'll need. Launching. How to control the boat. Basic manoeuvres. What to do if you capsize. The Eskimo roll. Rescue procedures.
Nigel Foster is one of the most charismatic and talented kayaking instructors in the world. His lectures and classes attract large audiences throughout North America and Europe. He holds the highest level of British Canoe Union Coach Award in sea kayaking and surf kayaking and has been teaching kayaking skills and leading expeditions for more than twenty years.
What you will need / Preparing to go afloat / Your first paddle / Forward paddling / reversing and stopping / Basic turning / Moving sideways / Steering and turning on the move / Rescue / Support, recovery and sculling strokes / The bow rudder turn and hanging draw / The Eskimo roll / Equipment / Safety.