No other outdoor sport in the world is as easy to get started in as sea kayaking, yet no other outdoor sport in the world offers such an astonishing scope for real adventure." So writes Jonathan Hanson in the introduction to this basic handbook. With his own special brand of easygoing yet safety-first style, Hanson will have even the most tentative paddler on his way to kayaking competency in no time. Beginning with a section on equipment, Hanson evaluates and simplifies all the options for selecting a kayak and kayaking accessories. The second half of the book is devoted to technique, from first strokes to advanced turning to recoveries and rescues. Finally, he covers open-water techniques, currents, navigation, and kayak camping. With dozens of illustrations and handy "insider" tips throughout, Essential Sea Kayaking is the only book you need to get started kayaking on the deep blue.