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Instant canoeing & kayaking: Tips and techniques for perfect paddling

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56 pagine
39 minuti
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Sep 24, 2012
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9781908474582
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Canoeing and kayaking are two of the oldest forms of transportation on the planet, but since the 1980s moulding technology has made the sports accessible to everyone. Kayaking and canoeing are all about being one with your boat: as soon as you master the basic skills there is a remarkable freedom to be found in just paddling around under your own steam just inches from the water. Starting with the very basics, this book will talk you through all the different types of kayaking and canoeing available; all the kit; water safety; tips and tricks and how to progress.
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Sep 24, 2012
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9781908474582
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Instant Canoeing and Kayaking

Tips and techniques for perfect paddling

By Simon Poynter

An introduction to the two sports

Canoeing and kayaking are two of the oldest forms of transportation on the planet, having been around for thousands of years. Only since the late 1980s, however, has moulding technology made the sports cheap, easy and accessible to everyone. Kayaking and canoeing are all about being one with your boat: as soon as you master the basic skills there is a remarkable freedom to be found in just paddling around under your own steam just inches from the water. You can explore glittering shorelines, race down river rapids, surf giant waves – or simply mess about in a lake. That’s the brilliance of these ancient water sports: no matter what it is you do in them, it’s great. That’s the reason that perfectly normal people, after a session of falling in and out of a canoe for two hours on a November evening, can’t wait until their next opportunity to get in the water. Starting with the very basics, this book will talk you through all the different types of kayaking and canoeing available; all the kit; water safety; tips and tricks and how to progress.

1. Clearing up some definitions

In American English, ‘canoe’ denotes an open-cockpit craft with a one-bladed paddle, while ‘kayak’ refers to the double-bladed, closed-cockpit boat. Across most of Europe, however, ‘canoe’ refers to what those speaking American English would call a kayak, and so across Europe a canoe is called a Canadian canoe. These are the terms used by the general population, as those who are actively involved in either sport, either professionally or as a hobby, refer to an open-cockpit boat exclusively as a canoe, and a closed-cockpit boat as a kayak. In the world of canoeing and kayaking, a canoe is an open-topped boat that is control by a paddle with a single blade at the end, by one or two people who are either kneeling or sitting. A kayak is a closed-cockpit boat controlled by a paddle with a blade at either end. To avoid confusion, this book shall from this point refer to an open-topped boat as a canoe, and a closed-cockpit boat as a kayak.

2. Introducing the canoe

Canoes and kayaks have changed a lot in design and appearance since early tribesman first hollowed out trees to cross rivers. The two disciplines share the same goal – to propel a craft over water in the simplest way possible. The first proper canoes were developed by Native Americans once they had acquired the necessary tools and skills to construct boats using smaller pieces of wood, instead of just hollowing out a log. The boat is propelled using a single blade while the paddler(s) sit or kneel. As with all

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