Book Review - Sea Kayaking Strokes

Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Sea Kayak Strokes Visit your local the book section at your local outdoor store and you will find a boatload of books on sea kayaking skills. Generally speaking they are written towards the novice paddler and cover a wide range of skills from packing your boat to how to keep your boat going straight.
Sea Kayak Strokes written by Doug Alderson is slightly different in that it only covers the foundation skills for paddling. By leaving out all the other areas of kayaking like rescues, camping or navigation skills, Alderson is able to focus and go into an immense amount of detail for each different boat-control skill or paddling stroke.

Doug Alderson is a very analytical thinker and it is very evident as you read through the book. In it, he has taken each skill and broken it down into key points, application for real life and exercises to work on common mistakes.

With Alderson's distilled style of writing, instructors will find this book invaluable. Are you having difficulty tying to figure out how to teach good forward stroke or low brace to your students? You will find everything you need to know laid out for you; key elements of the stroke, common mistakes that your students will make as well as a couple of exercises and activities. All you need to do is string it all together in your lesson plan.

Every kayaking instructor needs to add this book to their library.

Skills covered in this book:

Edge Control
Edging and Leaning
Forward Stroke
Reverse Stroke
Sweep Strokes

Forward sweep
Reverse sweep
Rudder Strokes
Brace Turns
Low-brace turn
High-brace turn
Draw Strokes
Standard draw
Sculling draw
Hanging draw
Coaching and practicing
Blended Strokes
Padding upwind
Paddling downwind
Turning in the wind

Sea Kayak Strokes - A guide to efficient paddling skills was written by Doug Alderson and published by Rocky Mountain Books.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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