Kayarchy - the sea kayaker's online handbook and reference

 

Sea kayaking technique

Paddling, rolling, rescue, navigation, expeditions, safety

Sea kayaker on flat water

 

 

PADDLING YOUR SEA KAYAK

 

Introduction, carrying your kayak, getting in, capsizing, wet exit, emptying
Paddling forwards

Paddling backwards
Sweep strokes
Other turning strokes
Stern rudder
Draw strokes
The hip snap
Support strokes

ADVANCED KAYAKING

 

Kayaking on fast-moving water
Kayaks & surf

ROLLING YOUR KAYAK

 

The basics of rolling
Long lever roll
Short lever rolls
Layback rolls
Hand roll

RAFTING-UP & TOWING

 

Rafting up
Simple long tow
Rafted long tow
Simple short tow
Group tow ("husky tow")
Towing in surf
Towing other small boats
Shunting with a kayak

DEEP-WATER RESCUE & SELF-RESCUE

 

Swimmer-to-kayaker rescue
Kayaker-to-swimmer rescue
Kayaker-to-kayaker rescues:
— bow rescue
— paddle rescue

— side rescue

Emptying a flooded kayak:
— TX-rescue
— T-rescue (bow tip-out)
Self-rescue for solo sea kayakers:
— straddle re-entry
— self-rescue with a paddle float
— self-rescue by re-entry & roll

SEA KAYAK NAVIGATION

 

Full contents of section
Introducing navigation

Kayak speed
Navigation marks
Maritime charts
Plotting a course, adjusting for currents
Navigation checks while afloat
Night navigation

SEA KAYAKING FOR KIDS

 

 

How to learn
Child-size kayaks

Other issues in children's kayaking

ORGANIZING A DAY-TRIP

 

Leadership
Before planning a trip
Trip planning
Group equipment
Two days before
At the launch point
On the water
Afterwards

OVERNIGHT TRIPS

 

Wild camping
Vehicle-based camping

Kayak-based camping
Expedition equipment
Kayak camp cooking
Stowing equipment in a kayak

KAYAKING SAFELY

 

A very safe sport
Cold shock, swim failure & hypothermia
Drowning
Getting run over
Heavy lifting
Hand/arm overuse syndromes
Dislocated shoulder
Rockfall & icefall
Infections

Unlikely hazards
First Aid courses
Small First Aid kit
Big First Aid kit

 

Ness Yole under oars

 

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