1 What is Sea Kayaking? 2 Boat Dynamics 3 Paddle Design 4 Preparing Mind & Body 5 Applied Skills 6 Safety & Rescue 7 Equipment 8 Seamanship 9 Navigation 10 Weather 11 Strong Winds 12 Grading the Sea 13 Caves 14 Big Swell 15 Surfing 16 Reading the Water 17 Rockhopping 18 Tidal Race Paddling 19 Competition 20 Overnighting & Expeditions
Expeditioning and coaching at home and abroad have given Gordon the background needed for writing this book. Thirty years experience of sea kayaking and coaching, with forays into white water and surf coaching are shared with the reader. From his early days on the West Coast of Scotland in a home-built wood and canvas kayak to Greenland, New Zealand, Tasmania, Sri Lanka, Norway, Iceland, Canada, USA, as well as every home nation and all the outlying islands, he has always pushed the limit of his knowledge and skill. He also spent three months coaching on the rivers of Nepal. As well as owning and running Skyak Adventures on the Isle of Skye, Gordon trains and assesses to the highest level within the BCU and is currently involved with the development of the new awards scheme. He is a BCU Level 5 coach (sea and inland) and Scotland's only ACA Advanced open water instructor.