Being new to kayaking (interested in both WW and Sea) I have been looking for ways to learn.
Taking a class is probably the fastest way to do it, but time and $$$ constraints come into play. Plus, there are + and - to learning on my own before taking a class.
So, I’ve come across several books, DVDs, and web resources. I’d appreciate if folks can post some of their own “finds”.
From local library (may need to come back and update the titles for correctness - my memory may be playing trics on me):
- The Kayaker’s Toolbox. DVD. Beginner to intermediate instructional video covering the basics thru rolls & simple rescues.
- The Kayaker’s Companion. Book. Some sea kayaking advice and an entertaining read. More what not to do rather than what to do and he’s omitting a lot of stuff that should have been included IMO but still valuable info in there.
- The Animated Kayaker’s (?) Guide. Book. I think this should be a mandatory reading for WW paddlers. WW technique and very good intermediate and advanced advice (paddling, water reading, rescue, safety, hydraulics, etc.). Indeed animated with lots of facts and tons of illustration - more than text it feels!
- The series of short one-pagers with photos by Alex Matthews. Use the pull-down to go thru the articles on braces and turns. http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaking_adventures/paddle_with_pros/articles/high_brace_lean.shtml
- QCC kayaks actually has some articles on their site that I found useful as well. Rolling for instance. Starts here, keep clicking “Next”: http://www.qcckayaks.com/resources/roll_intro.asp
So, what do you got to share? My immediate desire is to learn to brace, roll, turn with edging, ride waves - that’s how I found the above link after some searching the web…