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Kayaking Books

In addition to our instruction offerings and catalog of kayaking gear and kayaks, Virginia Sea Kayak Center is the North American importer for Pesda Press books. Pesda Press is a renowned UK publishing house for kayaking and canoeing books that are well written and appeal to kayakers of any skill level.

 

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Sea Kayak Navigation, Second Edition -- A top seller!
The aim of this book is to provide a concise manual of navigation aimed specifically at sea kayakers. In this respect the 2nd edition hasn’t changed at all.
The devil is, of course, in the detail. As a result of feedback from readers my views on what sea kayakers need to know and are likely to use has changed. I have added and expanded on topics where I have considered this desirable, but have taken great care to keep it as short and simple as possible.
ISBN: 978-1-906095-03-1
Author: Franco Ferrero
US Price: $20.00
Physical Description: 112pp in full color, 210x160mm, paperback/section sewn

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A complete beginner’s guide to the sit-on-top kayak.Sit-on-top kayaking is fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it! Paddlers, newcomers and those curious about the sport will find all the answers to their questions in this book.Using colour photos and clear descriptions, this book is the perfect introduction to sit-on-top kayaking. Choosing the right kayak, how to store and transport it, how to get the most fun out of your boat and how to stay safe whilst doing so are explored in detail.
ISBN: 978-1-906095-02-4
Author: Derek Hairon
US Price: $16.00
Physical Description: 210x160mm, 96 pages in full color

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BCU Canoe and Kayak Handbook
Written by enthusiastic and current BCU coaches and practitioners, this book is an invaluable source of information for both novice and expert alike.
For the newcomer it will provide a firm foundation in their chosen aspect of the sport. The coach or experienced paddler will find it invaluable as a reference book.
ISBN:
09531956-5-1
Editor: Franco Ferrero
Illustrator: Carol Davies
US Price: $34.00
Physical Description: 352pp, full color, 240x170mm, paperback/notch bound

 

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BCU Coaching Handbook
A manual of coaching techniques, advice and guidelines for the canoe and kayak coach.
This book is a mine of useful information and practical tips. If you aspire to be a better canoe or kayak coach, this is the book for you.
ISBN:
0 - 9547061 - 6 - 1
Editor:
Franco Ferrero
Contributors:
Bill Taylor, Nick Draper, Chris Hodgson, Phil Hadley, Franco Ferrero, Dino Heald, Bob Timms, Lara Tipper, Sue Hornby, Leo Hoare, Ian Coleman, Chris Forrest, Trys Morris, Nigel Robinson, Loel Collins, Pete Catteril.
US Price: $39.00
Physical Description:
384pp, full color, 240x170mm, paperback/section sewn

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Oileáin - a Guide to the Irish Islands
Oileáin is a detailed guide to almost every Irish offshore island. The guide is comprehensive, describing over 300 islands, big and small, far out to sea and close in by the shore, inhabited and uninhabited.  It tells it as it is, rock by rock, good and bad, pleasant and otherwise. It concentrates on landings and access, then adds information on camping, drinking water, tides, history, climbing, birds, whales, dolphins, legends or anything else of interest.
ISBN:
09531956-9-4
Author: David Walsh
US Price: $40.00
Physical Description: 224pp on 150gsm silk finish paper, colour photos throughout, 240x170, paperback/sewn sections

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Scottish Sea Kayaking
A selection of fifty great sea voyages around the mainland of Scotland and the Western Isles.
At last, here it is … Scotland’s first guidebook for sea kayakers wishing to explore its amazing coastline and magical islands. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout.
ISBN:
09547061-2-9
Authors: Doug Cooper and George Reid
US Price: $40.00
Physical Description: 250pp in full colour, 170x240mm, paperback/section sewn

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The Northern Isles - Orkney and Shetland Sea Kayaking
A sea kayakers guide to the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Their relative isolation, stunning scenery and Norse history make Orkney and Shetland a very special place. For the sea kayaker island archipelagos are particularly rewarding … none more so than these.

Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, this book is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken. Available in Spring 2007.

ISBN 13: 978-1-906095-00-0
Authors: Tom Smith and Chris Jex
US Price: $40.00
Physical Description: 272 pp in full color, 240x170mm, paperback/section sewn

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Sea Kayak - A Manual for Intermediate and Advanced Sea Kayakers 
This book is a modern guide to sea kayaking by one of the leading exponents of the sport. Gordon Brown is a BCU Level 5 sea coach based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He shares his knowledge with you in his own succinct humorous style and very visual approach.
ISBN:
09547061-7-X
Author: Gordon Brown
US Price: $32.00
Physical Description:160pp on 170gsm silk finish paper, color photos throughout, 210x160, paperback/sewn sections

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Top Tips for Coaches
A simple, no nonsense book of ideas for canoe and kayak coaches collected by the the coaches at Plas y Brenin (the UK National Mountain Centre).
ISBN:
09531956-6-X
Editor: Loel Collins, Plas y Brenin Canoe Department
US Price: $10.00
Physical Description: 144pp, B&W, 110x155mm, paperback/notch bound

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Top Tips for Boaters
A collection of practical tips and inspirational ideas gathered by two of the UK’s most experienced expedition paddlers and coaches.
ISBN: 09547061-4-5
Editor: Loel Collins and Franco Ferrero
Price: $10.00
Physical Description: 144pp, B&W, 110x155mm, paperback/notch bound

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Welsh Sea Kayaking
A selection of fifty great sea kayak voyages around the coast of Wales. From the Dee Estuary to the Bristol Channel, the Welsh coastline in all its varied guises provides a fantastic playground for the sea kayaker. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout.
ISBN:
09547061-8-8
ISBN 13: 978095470618
Authors: Andy Biggs and Jim Krawiecki
US Price: $40.00
Physical Description: 250pp in full color, 170x240mm, paperback/section sewn

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Scottish White Water - 2nd Edition
Updated during 2004, with the addition of 42 new rivers, a whole bag of new runs, and SEPA online guage information. Within, you will find descriptions of both well-known classics and little-known gems. The guidebook covers the length and breadth of the country and provides something for everyone, whatever the conditions. With maps, pictures and first hand accounts, here is a guide that captures the spirit of Scottish white water. Available via special order.
ISBN: 09547061-1-0
Editor: Bridget Thomas
Price: £15-95
Physical Description: 336pp in B&W and Cyan plus 32 full color, 140x200mm, paperback/notch bound

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Scottish Canoe Classics
Eddy has chosen his favourite twenty-five inland touring routes and described them in loving detail. The routes are beautifully illustrated with numerous colour photos and specially commissioned maps.

The selected routes are suitable for open canoes, sit-on-tops and touring kayaks.
A wonderful book for planning, dreaming of future voyages, or sharing your experiences with non-paddling friends. Available in Spring 2007.
ISBN 13: 978-0-9547061-9-7
Author: Eddie Palmer
US Price: $32.00
Physical Description: 160pp on 170gsm silk finish paper, color photos throughout, 240x170, paperback/sewn sections

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Scottish Canoe Touring
A guide for canoeists and kayakers to the gentle rivers, canals and lochs of Scotland.
This guide is aimed at those looking for calmer waters - rivers, canals, inland lochs and sheltered sea lochs. Routes described cater for all tastes, from those seeking an idyllic afternoon’s paddle to those looking for a multi-day canoe-camping expedition.
ISBN: 09547061-3-7
Editor: Eddie Palmer
Price: $30.00
Physical Description: 248 pages, 224pp in B&W and Cyan + 24 full color, 140x200mm,
paperback/notch bound

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Seamanship Pocketbook
Waterproof, re-usable notepad and reference book.
A must have for anyone who goes to sea in a small boat. If going below to look something up is not an option, this is the publication you have been waiting for.
ISBN: 09531956-2-7
US Price: $10.00
Physical Description: 32pp in full color, 16 pages for notes 148x105mm, spiral bound

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