From the Back Cover
The official word on river kayaking basics from the American Canoe Association, the nation's most respected authority on paddling, Introduction to River Kayaking provides beginning paddlers with everything they need to enjoy a safe kayak outing. With an emphasis on safety and kayak handling technique, Introduction to River Kayaking is the primary learning text for beginning kayakers, and for experienced kayakers who want to revisit the vital basics of river kayaking.
Paddling safely requires, above all, the exercise of good judgment. And part of developing good judgment means understanding the challenges and hazards inherent in any situation and one's own ability to meet them.
What are the Essentials of River Kayaking?
- Safety – to safely paddle on rivers up through Class I, perform self-rescue, and respond to emergencies
- Enjoyment – to become aware of paddling opportunities and the rewards of lifetime participation in paddling
- Skills – to acquire the ability to safely and enjoyably paddle on Class I rivers
Essentials of River Kayaking features:
Real-life paddling scenarios
The latest in kayaking safety and technology
Illustrations and photographs of essential gear, boats, strokes, maneuvers, and rescue techniques
Review questions and answers designed for the ACA's Essentials of River Kayaking course
Detailed glossary of terms and important waterway safety information
About the Author
More than 50,000 individual members and 200 paddling clubs make the American Canoe Association the nation's largest and most active nonprofit paddle sports organization. The ACA, founded in 1880, is dedicated to promoting the health and social benefits of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. As a leader in paddlesport instruction and education, instructors certified by the Association teach over 100,000 students annually. ACA promoted paddling events are provided each year for both members and non-members, encouraging growth in the sport.