Author(s): Jeff Bennett
Whitewater kayaking is a high-adrenaline Olympic sport that has won a large following and demands special skills. This title includes information such as: selecting equipment, padling techniques, reading a river, tips from the pros, and more.
Jeff Bennett is an internationally known whitewater expert and former river guide. His writing and photography have appeared in many outdoors and river running books and publications. He is a columnist for Paddler Magazine, frequent contributor to Canoe & Kayak, and author of The Complete Whitewater Rafter (Ragged Mountain Press, 1996) and A Guide to the Whitewater Rivers of Washington.
AcknowledgmentsInsights from the Pros; The Rest of the GangIntroductionWhat Are You Getting Yourself Into?; Why Whitewater Kayaks?; Instructors and Paddle Schools; What about Gear?; Clubs and Organizations; How to Use This Book1. Equipment: Don't Leave Home Without ItKayak Anatomy; Choosing the Right Kayak; Kayak Outfitting; Keeping It High and Dry; Paddles; Riverwear2. Climbing Aboard Your KayakBefore You Get in the Water; Getting into Your Kayak; Otter Launching; Getting Out of Your Kayak3. Propulsion Basics: Different Strokes to Move Your BoatHow Paddling Works; Holding Your Paddle; Body Talk; The Three Types of Strokes; Turning Strokes; Power Strokes; Advanced Strokes4. Bracing: When You Need A Paddle to Lean OnLow Brace; High Brace; Sculling Brace5. The Eskimo Roll and BeyondThe Hip Snap and Eskimo Rescue; Elements of the Eskimo Roll; The Sweep Roll; The Extended-Paddle Roll; The Reverse-Sweep Roll; Offside Rolls; The Hand Roll6. The Dynamics of Running Water: River MorphologyA Look beneath the Surface; River Characteristics; Surface Features; The Big Picture; Rating the Rapids7. Running the RapidsHeading Downriver; Staying Parallel with the Current; Ferrying; Turns and Pivots; Eddy Maneuvers; The SAFE System; Honing Your Skills8. Safety and Rescue: Keeping Your Head and Gear Above WaterUsing Your Brain; Pre-Trip Preparedness; Safety and Rescue Equipment; Group Travel; Self Rescues; Water-Based Assisted Rescues; Land-Based Assisted Rescues; River Crossings; Pins and Broaches; First Aid9. The World of Advanced Kayaking: Steeper and DeeperPreparation; Helpful Hydraulics; Steep Creeking; Low-Water Techniques; Big-Water Techniques10. The Art of Playboating: Dances with RiversEquipment; Surfing; Aerial Tricks; Retentive Tricks; Rodeos11. The World of Squirt BoatingSquirt Boats; The Stern Squirt; Bow Squirts; Rocket Moves; Splats; Blasting; Wave Moves; Mystery Moves12. Whitewater Racing: Fast and WildTypes of Races; Slalom Races; Wildwater Races; Extreme Races13. Surf Kayaking: Just Add SaltEquipment; Waves and Currents; Basic Techniques; Surf Tricks14. Overnight Trips: Life on the Liquid RoadPlanning Ahead; Rafts; Pack Your 'Yak; Campsite Selection; Human Waste; Cookery; Water15. River Exploration and First Descents: Your Own River WildThe Research Phase; Putting Together a Team; Equipment and Supplies; Safety; Getting to the River; Running the River16. Transporting and Caring for Kayaking GearCaring for Your Kayak; Kayak Repairs; Maintaining Equipment17. Preserving the River EnvironmentAppendixSafety Code of American Whitewater; Equipment Checklist; First-Aid Kit; Trip Planner; Metric ConversionsGlossaryResourcesRecommended Reading; How-To Videos; Periodicals; Organizations; Other Internet Links; Cyber Updates and Author InquiriesIndex