GeoOdyssey Publications help you educate your customers on the gear you sell to best help them enjoy the sport."Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide" by Tom Holtey
Book Description: In just 96 pages this new paperback introduces the beginner to their craft, its features, and the equipment needed to best enjoy the sport. It covers all the basic strokes and entry techniques. The book then goes on to discuss conditions that kayakers face while paddling: from wind and waves to oceans and fresh water. An easy read, it is graced with over 60 illustrations, charts and checklists. It gives the basics of touring, fishing, camping, surfing and diving; route planning, rescues, signals and even putting a kayak on your car. Finally, it addresses where to find sit-on-tops nation-wide.
Reviews: Dennis Spike, Coastal Kayak Fishing: "The CKF Guides and management have reviewed Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide" and clanked mugs! A tremendously successful effort, SOTK will quickly prove to be a valuable tool for all entry-level paddlers as well as all the informally trained veterans. We like the book so much we plan on adding its exposure to the CKF Schools curriculum."
Sonny Norris, Central Florida PaddleMasters paddling club: "I have been paddling for 40 years now and have two words for your book: "Great Job!"
About the Author : From his youth on the Charles River, Tom Holtey has accumulated nineteen years experience in the paddle sports industry with a foundation in canoeing and traditional sea kayaking. He has been involved in the sit-on-top field for the past eleven years pioneering this new branch of the sport. Trained and practiced in wilderness trip planning - from the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine to the tropical coastlines of the Hawaiian Islands - he has lead and taught the novice adventurer under many varied conditions. It was while teaching courses in sit-on-top kayaking at the University of Hawaii that much of this book began to take form. During this time, Tom managed a kayak retail store in Honolulu and worked extensively with members of the local kayak club, Hui Wa's Kaukahi, where many new developments in the sport have been made.
Sample Pages & Sample Table of Contents from "Sit-on-top Kayaking, A Beginner's Guide":
CHAPTERS 1. THE SIT-ON-TOP KAYAK 7 2. TYPES OF SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS 9 3. KAYAK PARTS AND EQUIPMENT 13 4. GETTING STARTED ON THE WATER 21 GETTING IN YOUR KAYAK 21 FALLING OFF AND GETTING BACK ON 23 PADDLE STROKES: 26 GOING FORWARD 26 HOW TO STOP AND REVERSE 27 THE FEATHERED PADDLE 28 TURNING AND STEERING 29 GOING SIDEWAYS 32 MAINTAINING STABILITY 34 LANDING AND LAUNCHING ON SHORE 36 LANDING AND LAUNCHING ON A DOCK 36 5. PADDLING IN WIND 39 6. TIDES 41 7. RIVERS 43 8. WAVES 45 9. DRIVING YOUR KAYAK HOME 47 10. NOW THAT YOU ARE KAYAKING 51 FISHING 51 UNDERWATER ADVENTURES 52 SURFING 54 CAMPING EXPEDITIONS 58 11. ROUTE PLANNING 63 12. SAFETY 67 13. KAYAK RESCUES 71 14. SIGNALS 75 15. HOW TO BUY A KAYAK 81 GLOSSARY 84 INDEX 87 WHERE TO GET A SIT-ON-TOP KAYAK 91
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