Essential Whitewater Kayaker

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.


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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

General Fields

  • : 9780071343275
  • : mcgraw
  • : mcgraw
  • : April 1999
  • : 231mm X 185mm X 10mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeff Bennett
  • : Paperback
  • : 797.1224
  • : 180
  • : 100 illustrations