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Published by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the UK, this is a small brochure about what to look for when you are picking out a lifejacket or PFD. Topics include features and proper fit.

Published by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. An excellent primer on distress beacons or EPIRBS. Includes an FAQ, care and handling and the pros and cons of both the ‘121.5 MHz’ and ‘406 MHz’ models. If you are researching the purchase of one or preparing for a rescue gear talk, it is highly recommended you read this document.

The U.S. Coast Guard encourages boaters to review this report on a study that evaluated whether using sponsons on canoes and kayaks serves as an effective safety enhancement. This report provides a general assessment of sponsons with statements of their potential positive and negative characteristics.

Inclusion of any statement, product, or opinion in this report does not represent agreement or endorsement by the Coast Guard pr seakayakinstructor.com

This is the first in a series of three articles on towing that I had printed in Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador's member magazine called Ebb & Flow.

It is an "advanced" look at some of the theory and pitfalls associated with various systems, techniques, and equipment. Towing is, in my humble opinion, a topic often not given enough attention in many courses.

 

Written by Chuck Holst, this 7 page document give you all the information needed to carve your own West Greenland Paddle. Excellent diagrams as well as some background info on paddle history and technique.

In recent years, sea kayaking has been growing in popularity throughout North America and especially in Maine. Sea kayakers are regularly observed along our coastal shores; and sea kayak guides and outfitters are becoming a significant part of the working waterfront, with commercial operations spanning from Kittery to Calais. With such popularity, the potential for kayak collisions with larger vessels increases dramatically.

This resource studies several different radar reflectors (both commercial and homemade) and report on the results.

A comparison chart on the different rope materials. Provides a nice and overview for students on the differences of Nylon, Polypropylene, Polyester, Kevlar and Spectra material. Compiled by James Scarrow.

This resource is part 2 in a three part series of articles on towing, originally published in Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador’s Club Magazine Ebb & Flow.  Part 2 of Ropes, Floats and Towing Boats examines some of the more efficient towing set ups and explores the psychology of towing.  How do you add stability and propulsion to a tow? When is it appropriate to tow?  When is the best time to begin a tow?  Who in the group should do the towing?  Part 2 provides some suggestions. 

This resource is part 3 in a three part series of articles on towing, originally published in Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador’s Club Magazine Ebb & Flow.  Part 3 of Ropes, Floats and Towing Boats examines some of the commercially available towing systems on the market and attempts to highlight some of the pros and cons of each product.

Published by Voyager. An excellent brochure on what to look for and how to size a touring kayak paddle. It is written towards the general public.

Sean from Toronto, Ontario put together a wonderful powerpoint presentation on communication and technology. Some of the topics include VHF radios, Satellite phones, EPIRBs, putting it all in context, and making your own weather station.

Anybody wanting to learn more about these topics or if you are interested in giving a presentation on this topic, download this resource.

 
 
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