Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Getting Ready Making a Decision amid a Sea of Options / Instruction / Guided Tours / Fitness and Stretching / Common Questions / The Dangers of Going to Sea 2. Kayaks Making Choices / Naming the Parts / Kayak Design / The Stuff They're Made Of / Design Features / A Primer for Buying a Sea Kayak 3. Accessories and Clothing Paddles / Essential Safety Gear / Clothing as Safety Gear / Navigational Gear / Other Useful Stuff 4. Getting to Know Your Kayak Seating and Foot Brace Adjustment / Customizing Your Kayak / Getting Your Kayak to and from the Water / Cartopping Your Kayak / Getting Into and Out of the Kayak 5. Controlling Your Kayak Balance and the Art of Staying Upright / Your Paddle Grip / Forward Stroke / Back Stroke / Turning (Sweep) Strokes / Support Strokes (Braces) / Draw Strokes / Stern (Ruddering) Strokes / Putting It All Together / Adaptive Paddling 6. Getting Into and Out of the Water The Wet Exit / The Solo Reentry / The Assisted Reentry / A Final Word on Rescues / Rolling 7. Real-Life Paddling Staying on Course / Wind: Don't Let It Push You Around / Wind and Topography / Waves: What to Expect and Why / The Surf Zone / Tides and Tidal Currents / Weather 8. Finding Your Way: Kayak Navigation Charts and Tools / Latitude and Longitude / Aids to Navigation / Plotting Your Course / Lines of Position (LOPs) / Ranges / Things That Can Throw You Off / Speed of Travel / Vectors / The Effects of Wind / Dead Reckoning / Distance Off / Rules of the Road 9. Trip Logistics Playing the "What-If" Game / Packing Strategies / Meal Planning and Cooking 10. Group Safety Communication / Traveling in a Group / Towing / Family Paddling / Staying Healthy 11. Kayak Camping Choosing and Setting Up a Campsite / Beware! / Useful Knots for Camping / Low-Impact Techniques 12. Planning Your Dream Trip Making a Choice / Gathering Information / Laying Out the Trip 13. Taking Care of Your Stuff Gear Storage and Maintenance / Repairs: At Home and in the Field Resources Books / Magazines / Videos / Paddling Clubs / Organizations and Associations / World Wide Web Sources / Build-Your-Own Schools / Paddling Events / Water Trails Index
Shelley Johnson is a contributing editor to Canoe & Kayak, an American Canoe Association - certified instructor, a member of the Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors, and a Registered Maine Guide. She is a frequent contributor to Atlantic Coastal Kayaker and Kayak Touring and the author of Sea Kayaking: A Woman's Guide and Sea Kayaker's Pocket Guide.