Chapter 03 - Intermediate Topics



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Of interest to those with intermediate levels of kayak skills



Information and tips on kayak camping, packing your kayak and deciding if your skill level is sufficient to kayak alone.

01 - Am I ready to go kayaking?

Here are some things to consider in deciding if you are capable of kayaking on an extended or solo trip.

02 - Kayak camping and expeditions

Staying out two or more days in your kayak presents a number of challenges as well as new experiences.

02.01 -Packing it in

Packing a kayak for an extended trip is an artform. Proper consideration of balance and trim can improve the performance of your kayak and your enjoyment of your trip.

02.02 -Packing it out

Take only photographs and don't even leave footprints. Being thoughful of the fragile seashore environment will keep access to these areas open for all of us.

03 - Hand Signals - Communication over distance

Communication at sea can be difficult if not impossible. Learn a set of hand signals. Make sure everyone in the group agrees on the meaning.

04 - Basic Surf Paddling Techniques

Surf poses a whole new set of problems and opportunites for the touring kayaker. Here are some tips on how to handle it.

05 - Downwind Paddling Technique

Paddling downwind can be fun. Practice and skills developed in controlled conditions can pay off in a free ride or when conditions get difficult.

06 - Long Distance Touring Stroke

Long distance kayaking like cycling, skiing, hiking and other endurance pursuits, requires conditioning, training, and above all proper paddling technique.

07 - Towing Techniques

Sooner or later either you or a companion will need to be towed. Practice these techniques and you will be ready.

08 - The Physics of Rolling

Rolling Principals - Knowing the physics can help your roll

09 - Paddling in a group

Group paddling dynamic - who me?

10 - How to use a marine VHF radio.

Most people have had little exposure to the proper use of a radio over the regulated airwaves. There is a protocol and special language for radio chatter which enhances the effectiveness of communications for all users.

11 - Home, Home on the Range

Use a range to stay on course in wind, currents and waves.

12 - Course, Heading and Bearing, Oh My!

Course, heading and bearing all have direction, but they are not the same.

Core Exercises for Kayakers

The torso and legs are the engine of the kayak. Most of the power comes from there. Here are some exercises for increasing your power and stamina. Get in shape or stay in shape with these movements.

Intermediate Training

Intermediate coastal kayakers will perfect advanced strokes and maneuvers, as an end goal, or as preparation for advanced open water skill development.

Knots - Keeping it where you want it

Knots are important anywhere there are ropes and lines. Here are some basic knots that keep things put; the clove hitch, bowlin, figure eight, fishermans, truckers and Prussic knots.

Know Chart, Compass and Things Magnetic, your GPS died don't be Pathetic

Fewer and fewer people use a compass for navigation as GPS devices have become ever more popular. Relying solely on an electronic device for your safety is a mistake. You should also know how to use a compass, understand its limitations and be prepared to navigate the old fashioned way.

Maintenance - Keeping your kayak in top condition

A yearly maintenance program will extend the life of your boat and the associated expensive equipment.

Roll - Deep Water Storm

This roll many find incredible easy to do. It looks like magic as there is very little apparently going on. But it works especially well when the waves are high and the action on the surface is hot.

Safety & Survival Items - Things to have when times get tough

Everyone who kayaks should have an set of emergency items that they have available when out for any length of time. In addition to a medical kit and a crash kit for cold water paddling, these are items that you should consider carrying.

Tides

What causes tides? Gravity and rotation of the earth, sun and moon. Learn how the complex interaction of these three bodies affect your world.

See also..........

Advanced Topics

Basic Topics




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