Paddling Reference Books

Kayak Books

While visiting my Sister on the West Coast, I commented on how beautiful the pristine coastline was and how Maryland's coast was nothing to compare. And then I realized that most of the coast is not as readily visible by car and that a kayak would be better suited to exploring the Chesapeake Bay. I searched my favorite online book retailer and found Mike Savario and Andrea Nolan's book Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. The books listed below are books that I own and have read. I have included the ISBN to make it easier to find this book online or at your favorite retailer.

  • Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay (ISBN 0-88150-567-6). This book is a great resource for anyone looking for good places to paddle on the Chesapeake Bay. Mike Savario runs Amphibious Horizons and teaches kayaking in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland. His web site is currently being updated for the upcoming season and is not available.

  • Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling (ISBN 0-07-139234-3). This is a fun book to read and the illustrations make this book an excellent choice. It covers basic paddling, camping, navigation, equipment, logistics, safety, rescues, waves, currents, and tides. The graphics are memorable making the information easy to remember.

  • The Kayak Companion (ISBN 1-58017-485-X). This book combines Joe Glickman's experiences paddling month long journeys with kayak instruction. The joys and rewards of kayaking are clearly described along with many insightful tips from an expert paddler. The Kayak Companion is a great inspirational book and good reminder of the finer points of kayaking.

  • The Complete Kayaker's Handbook (ISBN 0-07-136210-X). This book is filled with actual photographs of equipment and basic technique. This is a great handbook for kayaking and describes many of the practical details of kayaking. This book contains buckets of good information including: kayak repair and customization, clothing, camping, planning, and logistics. It also contains good questions to ask when selecting equipment or a local outfitter.

  • Sea Kayak Rescue (ISBN 0-7627-0745-3). This book describes the techniques used during rescues and how to prevent getting into situations that require rescue. It covers a wide range of reentry and recovery techniques from the common ones taught in a Basic course to advanced concepts that are clearly explained with step-by-step instructions. The book includes examples from real life rescues and reminders and tips to performing better.

  • Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler (ISBN 0-07-136203-7). This book lists 538 tips to better paddling categorized into eight chapters. It includes many tips learned the hard way. This is a good summary of many things you can do to make sure you have a great day on the water.

  • The Basic Book of Sea Kayaking and Basic Essentials Sit-On-Top Kayaking (ISBN 0-7627-0337-7 and 0-7627-0603-1). These books cover a basic introduction into kayaking and describe the terminology and equipment used. With a cover price of $7.95, it is a good book for someone just starting or deciding to start kayaking.