Features the expertise of master teachers from the American Canoe Association. Background knowledge, fitness basics, equipment and gear selection, nutritional needs, and safety and survival skills from the experts prepare you for adventure. Helps build your basic technique and skills, starting with easy day trips before moving on to more challenging overnight and extended trips, and trips with groups.
Contains lists of Web resources that will help you plan trips in the U.S. and throughout the world. Included QuickStart Your Canoe DVD, which guides entry level paddlers through basic safety and paddling techniques.Canoeing is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities-more than 9 million people enjoy the experience each year. It allows you to socialize with friends and family while exploring new places as you relax and enjoy the outdoors. Canoeing not only provides you with the basic skills and knowledge you need to safely head out for adventures on a variety of water trails, but it also presents a strong foundational understanding of this recreational activity.In Canoeing, the expert instructors from the American Canoe Association provide you with indispensable advice on gear and equipment selection, food and nutrition, fitness, water trail etiquette, and safety and survival skills; step-by-step instruction of fundamental paddling skills and techniques; informative consumer, technique, and safety tips; and Web-based resources to help you plan trips in the United States and throughout the world. The authors share all of the background information youll need to get started, beginning with descriptions of the various types of canoeing being practiced today to help you determine the type of paddling that suits your needs. They discuss fitness basics, food and nutrition needs, and gear and equipmentfrom the canoe itself to life jackets, paddles, and clothing. They then cover important safety and survival guidelines, including weather, river hazards, capsizing, cold-water safety, and rescue protocols.
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