Kayarchy - the sea kayaker's online handbook and reference


Kayarchy is all about sea kayaking

Welcome to Kayarchy, the big free handbook of sea kayaking

Stop Putin No War in Europe
My father was a forward radio operator in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

He would have agreed: Uniting to stop Putin's Russia attacking European countries is more important than kayaking.



The kayak is far and away the best one-man boat in existence.” Fridtjof Nansen.

But it's maybe not the only great human-powered boat.


Classic sea kayak vs sit-on-top kayak


Kayarchy section summaries:


Sea kayaking overview
Compared with other sports

About Kayarchy
Get in touch
Metric measurements
Legal notice & privacy policy

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Section 1 - Equipment:
Equipment checklists
The sea kayak
Other kayaks
Outrigger canoes
Kayak accessories
The paddle
Clothing, personal buoyancy, tow-belt
Distress signals & rescue
Repair, storage & maintenance
Kayak bow  
Section 2 - Technique:
Paddling your sea kayak
Kayaking on fast-moving water
Kayaks & surf
Rolling your kayak
Rafting-up & towing
Deep-water rescue & self-rescue
Sea kayak navigation
Organising a day-trip
Overnight trips
Kayaking safely:
— Cold shock, swim failure & hypothermia
— Getting run over
— Hand/arm over-use syndromes

— Dislocated shoulder

— Rockfall & icefall

— Solo kayaking
Kayaker rolling  
Section 3 - The Sea & The Weather:
Predicting the weather
Professional weather forecasts
Maritime weathercock  
Section 4 - Access & Environment:

Protecting the environment
Codes of practice

European otter  
Section 5 - Activities:
Courses & vacations in North America
Courses & vacations elsewhere
Tours, treks, races & raids
Meetings & symposia
Maritime festivals
Kayakers waving  
Section 6 - Retail Outlets:

Sea kayaks to fit adults
Sea kayaks to fit children
Surf kayaks
Fast touring kayaks
Sea kayak kits and plans
Online marine supply stores (fittings, rope and paint)
Materials for SOF (skin-on-frame) boats

Gemma in kayak kit  
Section 7 - Links to Other Websites
Section 8 - Table of Contents and Index
Section 9 - Articles about kayaking and nature




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