Saturday, May 31, 2008


Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction Manual, 1987 - Book Review

Basic skills for teaching and learning about whitewater kayaking & canoeing.

This book covers a wide range of pre-trip and on-river topics with short chapters on Safety, Instruction, Lesson Organization, Equipment, Conditioning, Strokes, Maneuvers, River Reading, Rescue, ACA Courses and Competition. This is a good book both for whitewater boating instructors and for learners. The sections on Maneuvers, River Reading, and Rescue are especially good. With so many topics covered, each section of this small book is quite short. A longer book would have been nice to allow these important topics to be covered more thoroughly.

The Equipment section is a little out-of-date since whitewater river kayak designs have changed dramatically in recent years. The Conditioning section describes static stretching warmups, while best current recommendations are for dynamic stretching in pre-trip warmups and static stretching at the end of the trip. The Strokes section describes good torso rotation technique for paddling whitewater, but shows too many bent elbows (poor technique!) in the illustrations.

The Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction Manual contains lots of good information for beginning whitewater paddlers and their instructors. Some parts of the book are a little bit out-of-date. (*** - my rating 3 stars out of 5 - good!)

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