Chapter 04 - Advanced Topics



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Specialized topics for advanced kayakers.



The following pages cover advanced topics in no particular order.

Customizing the fit of your kayak

Foam pads, correctly applied to the seat and thigh braces, are essential for creating the snug, comfortable fit paddlers need.

Derek Hutchinson - Thoughts of a kayak pioneer

Derek Hutchinson is considered a father of modern kayaking. He was there at the beginning of British sea kayaking, the creation of the British Canoe Union and many techniques employed by sea kayakers of today. He talks about some of the early innovations and gives his views on the state of kayaking today.

Exposure Health Issues during expeditions

Sun burn, sun poisoning, sea ulcers and immersion injuries are effects of continued exposure to the elements. When on expeditions, these issues can cause debilitating problems that need to be addressed.

Making your own traditional Greenland style paddle

Traditional Greenland paddles can get fashioned cheaply from basic stock with a little wood working skill and a few simple tools.

Rescues & Rolling

An advanced rescues course prepares you for the worst the sea has to throw at you, whether you're out for a day trip or a week long expidition.

Sail Plans - Make your own kayak sail

From a few pieces of easily obtained materials, you can make your own very effective sail with a minimum of effort and no modification to your kayak hull.

Sea Anchor or Drogue - Make your own

Sea Anchors are used by vessels in heavy seas and strong winds to keep the bow positioned into the oncoming breaking seas. They can also be used to maintain position.

Sea Kayak Disasters

Bad things can happen when out in a kayak. Read about other's misfortunes and learn lessons to keep yourself safe.

Surf - Procedures and considerations for launching

If you are going to paddle the coast, you are going to have to deal with launching off the beach into the surf. Here are some things to consider.

Surf Techniques

Surfing can be a lot of fun. But it can also be dangerous. In any case, it is an essential skill for any touring paddler. There is no better way to build your technique for bracing, edging, boat control and rolling in real conditions.

Surfing Terminology

Surf kayaks can perform many manoevers on the face of beach surf. Touring kayaks are not well designed to perform these moves. But what the heck........

Training - BCU Week Tybee Island

Every year in late October, Sea Kayak Georgia hosts a five-day British Canoe Union (BCU) symposium at Tybee Island, Georgia. The 2006 symposium ran from Saturday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 1. It is the second one Rick attended and both have been excellent learning and teaching opportunities. It’s also a great way to stretch out the warm weather/water paddling season.

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