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Have serious fun as you master every essential kayaking skill

Are you a visual learner? Short on time? Do you like a little entertainment with your instruction? Then Sea Kayaking Illustrated is for you. It combines concise, easy-to-understand instruction with lively, information-packed, often hilarious illustrations to show you how to improve your kayaking skills.

Developed by a certified instructor, this complete program in sea kayaking takes you on a visual tour of everything this accessible sport has to offer.

  • Paddling in wind and waves--in other words, sea kayaking!
  • Gear--every kayaker's favorite topic
  • Rescue techniques--if you haven't flipped yet, just wait
  • Carrying kayaks--learn the intricacies of ropes, straps, and racks
  • Surf's up--tips for wave dodgers and seasoned shredders
  • River touring--no salt water needed!
  • Kayak camping--how to Leave No Trace in style
  • Coping with critters--from sea lions to sharks
  • And much more--yes, there really is much more

"While chock-full of dead-on sea kayaking instruction, it's the fun and easy-to-digest format that sets this book apart. Reading it is a pleasure."--Frederick Reimers, Paddler

"Just the thing if you want a solid and comprehensive look at sea kayaking in all its forms."--John Lull, author, Sea Kayaking Safety and Rescues, instructor-trainer, ACA

About the Author

John Robison has been certified by the American Canoe Association in coastal kayak, whitewater kayak, and whitewater canoe instruction and has paddled extensively around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071392343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071392341
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hodum on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a superb resource for all sea kayakers, from aspiring novices to adrenaline-seeking rock garden explorers. Better than probably any other instructional book on sea kayaking does, Robison provides something for everyone. He thoroughly presents a comprehensive range of basic paddling skills and sprinkles among them subtle insights, tricks and tips derived from his impressive paddling career. As a former professional sea kayaking guide, I would recommend this resource to all sea kayakers. You are bound to learn from it and you will smile and giggle as you do. The illustrations bring the concepts to life and make the information quite accessible. An essential book for any sea kayaking library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jasen on April 22, 2004
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This is an excellent introductory book. The cartoon-like illustrations are simple, clear, and often funny. The book covers all the topics any of the other good introductory guides cover, but the humor makes it fun to read rather than feeling like you're plowing through a dry text book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cretin11 on October 31, 2004
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Sea Kayaking Illustrated is simply an outstanding guide for anybody who wants to immerse themselves in the marvelous world of sea kayaking. Although I might be considered an expert level sea kayaker, this book can serve as an excellent introductory level primer, yet has plenty to offer the more advanced practitioners of the craft. As a seasoned veteran of the wind and waves, I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of information in the book that was new to me, and presented in ways I hadn't before considered. There's everything from nuts and bolts basics to more advanced tricks of the trade. Everything from common sense kayak-carrying techniques to tips on how to deal with the various wildlife you'll encounter.

As you can tell, I love this book. For the coup-de-grace, it's entertainingly illustrated and humorous, so you don't feel like you're reading a textbook. This is the first work i've read by Robison, but this is a talented author/illustrator, heck i'd probably read a book about druid preening osprey if he wrote it. I strongly recommend it for anyone who's into sea kayaking (or who wants to get into it). And then you look at the price of the book and realize it's really a no-brainer to buy it! Shred on!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. on August 18, 2009
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This is an excellent book. This book not only covers the various kayaking skills, it also provides lots of information on kayak design, selection, camping tips, tips on how to read tidal charts... etc. This is all done in a humorous, non-tedius way, which kept my interest a few hours until I finished it. Very useful information and I highly recommended it.
My tip - read this book and watch a video (I used the Sea Kayaking: the ultimate Guide by Ken Whiting). The combination of the two complements each other quite well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Daw on May 18, 2011
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This book has great information and is funny and enjoyable to read. The author's pictures are often more descriptive than the photos in other books. I often shy away from books that are illustrated rather than photographed, but in this case, I'm glad I went ahead and purchased this one. I wish it had been the first kayaking book I purchased, as I probably wouldn't have bought the others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Turner on March 27, 2007
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This book has a lot of GREAT information in it. It gets the points across by funny but sometimes very serious cartoons and illustrations. There is a lot of emphasis on safety which is very important to learn up front.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Pirro on June 22, 2012
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This book is perfect for anybody wanting to get started in sea kayaking. It covers the basics from paddling strokes to navigating on an expedition. The book is well organized and clear in it's presenting of information. It also covers survival techniques should the unfortunate happen. The book is illustrated in a very humorous and lighthearted way but also conveys the importance of the information which makes learning easier.(I always find myself laughing when I read it!) I would recommend this book to anybody that loves to kayak. Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don on June 17, 2011
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Very useful little book for beginners or experienced paddlers. Robison takes you through the basics, all the way from equipment and knots to basic and advanced paddling strokes, with amusing and helpful cartoon drawings to illustrate the text. A must-have. Five stars for any serious paddler.
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