Sea Kayak Handling, a new title from Pesda Press, is due to be published on 28th March. Written by Doug Cooper, Head of Paddlesport at Glenmore Lodge, the book is a practical guide aimed at beginners and intermediate paddlers.
Pesda Press have a knack or publishing superb books, be it technique or guide based, from fantastic authors. If this book has the same quality of layout, design and content as the other Pesda titles I own it will be a ‘must have’.
Doug Cooper is known to many paddlers via his work at Glenmore Lodge or from his involvement with P&H Sea Kayaks and Peak Uk. He recently appear in the series of online videos released by P&H and a recent article he wrote can be found in the January copy of Ocean Paddler Magazine.
From the publisher:
A practical guide that will help the reader to master the skills needed to manoeuvre a sea kayak efficiently. For beginner and intermediate paddlers. Doug draws on his personal and coaching experience to help the reader master sea kayak handling skills and techniques. Accurate sequential photos and simple concise language make the descriptions easy to follow and understand.
The foundation skills of posture, connectivity (how your body is connected to the kayak), power transfer and learning to ‘feel’ how the boat responds, are explored initially. The author then goes on to tackle forward paddling, keeping the kayak on course, reverse paddling, edging, turning on the spot, forward turns on the move, reverse turns on the move, stern rudders, moving sideways, support strokes, and the use of skegs and rudders.
Sea Kayak Handling is recommended as support material for the British Canoe Union 3 and 4 Star (Sea) awards. (The 1 star is a novice ‘encouragement’ award, the 2 star covers basic generic kayak skills, the 3 star basic/intermediate sea specific skills and experience, and the 4 star covers intermediate sea specific skills and leadership in moderate conditions).