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Sea Kayak Strokes: A Guide to Efficient Paddling Skills [Paperback]

Doug Alderson
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May 15 2007

Written for paddlers of all skill levels, Sea Kayak Strokes is a concise and fully illustrated instructional manual detailing tips and suggestions for improving and maintaining overall paddling technique. This highly effective guide will help you paddle your kayak farther, more safely and with less effort. When you do 1,500 strokes per hour, small improvements in your technique make a big difference in your comfort, success and overall progress.

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Author Doug Alderson, a regular contributor to Sea Kayaker magazine, author of two other books on sea kayaking is a nationally certified kayak instructor-trainer and year-round kayaker.Doug is the former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine, and he edited A Florida Wildlife Anthology: 1947-2003. His chapter on the St. Marks River is part of the Between Two Rivers anthology, published by the Red Hills Writers Project in 2004. Doug has also worked as a lobbyist for several environmental groups and as a naturalist for the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science. In between jobs, he has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, coordinated a walk across the United States from coast to coast, and he has backpacked across Europe. Doug is currently the Florida Paddling Trails Coordinator for Florida's Office of Greenways and Trails. He recently finished a three-year project scouting the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, a 1,500-plus mile sea kayaking trail around the entire state. He is a member of the Heart of the Earth environmental council and he serves as a ceremonial leader at the White Earth Muskogee Creek Ceremonial Grounds. He lives south of Tallahassee with his wife, Cyndi, and daughter, Cheyenne.

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4.0 out of 5 stars All on Kayak Strokes July 2 2012
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All on Kayak Strokes, all types, all technics, introducing in short tips good stuff! Not enough on roll
Good pictures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kayaking Know-how Dec 12 2011
By Vivian
Great little book with many good tips for novice kayakers; a must-read. We leave it at our summer digs, on a lake, for gung-ho visitors to read before taking the kayaks out for a spin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proficient Practice Prepares for Perfect Paddling Oct. 26 2009
By Dusty Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear instructions and practice exercises promote useful muscle memories for specific strokes and stoke combinations. Includes clear step by step exercises to do while in the boat for learning to roll, which I use for practice and as warm-ups for both muscles and mind. Sometimes the small tips are most useful and this book has many of them; refining your grip or where to look during maneuvers for stability are among the tips that help fine tune your paddle technique. Paddle strokes move the boat, better strokes move the boat better. A very good book on an essential skill.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good. July 24 2013
By nemosemail - Published on Amazon.com
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As a beginning paddler this book did a good job explaining the different strokes and was pretty easy to read.
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Oct. 10 2012
By John Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
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Very thorough, but can bog down in places. I expected more illustrations or the strokes more fully depicted. This book is a quality resource, but wasn't quite spot on for what I was after.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better books out there on this topic Sept. 11 2009
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Not to criticize this book, but there are better offerings out there.

Kayak Handling by Doug Cooper (Pesda Press) is the definitive book on this subject.
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