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Basic Kayaking: All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started (How To Basics)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift by a well-meaning family member who knew I was getting into the sleeker side of paddling after being passed by too many kayaks while paddling a canoe.

The title would lead any sane person to believe that this book is indeed a good beginners book for general kayaking.

It is not.

It is, in fact, a highly specialized book for white water kayaking. It's also fairly terse, the bulk of it being made up of photographs.

For someone like me who is more interested in flat water, slow rivers, protected marine waterways, and coastal swamps this book is nearly useless. Keep looking.

The title and subtitle of this book are incredibly deceiving and are a disservice to readers who might not know better until they get a few pages into the book and realize what they got stuck with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I agree that this book seems to be mistitled. If it had been more appropriately titled "Basic Whitewater Kayaking" I would have kept looking elsewhere, others interested in whitewater (river-running, playboats, etc.) might have been drawn more to it, and life would be better.

While some basics are universal for the sport, this well-illustrated book is solely aimed at the whitewater enthusiast, and only accidentally takes along the quiet water paddler for the ride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up my first copy of this book having just paddled with Wayner. I am an advanced paddler but wish I had had this book starting out. It is nice to see all the words we use defined. For those of us who learn by reading this book will be a great first step and for others a welcome refresher. I found the sections on particularly useful. I plan on ordering two more copies for friends who say they want to get into this amazing sport.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read a number of books providing basic kayaking instruction, but this is by far the best in my opinion. The information is presented in a manner which is very systematic and detail oriented (without getting bogged down) with clear, complete and easy to follow instructions and explanations. The pictures are also very helpful. This book does not cover the topic in as much detail as some, but I think that is a blessing for beginners. Being weighed down at first with too much information and too many explanations of the finer points of the sport can be confusing, overwhelming and discouraging. A beginner can read this book and come away with a solid understanding of the basics as well as a clear mind and a confident attitude.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book exceeded my expectations. It provides step by step instructions for the beginner. Numerous photos and drawings illustrate everything from equipment, to strokes/paddling to recognizing obstacles and flow of water down the river. Instructions are easy to understand. The book was enjoyable to read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2005
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I live near rivers and have seen others kayaking all the time and I wanted to know about this fun looking sport. This book lays it all out for you and tells you what you need to know. It starts with the gear you will need and how it works to how to paddle a boat. Armed with this knowledge I took my first class and I felt well prepared. I have now taken three classes and I keep referring back to the book to remind me of proper technics. I am considering buying a boat of my own and the book explains all the different types of boats and their uses for different types of water. I can see this book helping me for awhile as I grow in this great sport.
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on August 21, 2013
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This book covers all the basics to help a new kayaker be safe and enjoy the sport AND it is an excellent reference for kayaking skills. The photos and illustrations are very helpful. Especially good are the chapter on the differences in various types of kayaks (which will help you decide which is best for you) and the chapter on how to "read" a river.
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on April 8, 2013
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This was a very helpful book, it covered almost all of the basic to get started. I would recommend it as a must read before you get started into this unique sport.
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on July 27, 2013
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This book was more for people going into white-water kayaking, but did have useful basic tips. Though not really what I wanted, it still was helpful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The title, sub-title, cover, and table of contents are all absolutely misleading. This is about white-water kayaking, but it isn't stated as such. A fine example of how one can't judge a book by its cover. I'll never buy any book from this publishing house again.
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