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Postby Pyro » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:22 pm

Okay, so you can't learn everything about paddling from books, but sometimes you can pick up hints and tips, our read something that helps a fundemental click into place better. Anyone got any books/manuals/DVDs/learning resources that they'd recommend others to beg/borrow/steal/buy?

I'll start off with two:
William Nealy - Kayak: The animated manual of intermediate and advanced river technique. Nealy splits technique, hydrology, river features and other topics down into bite-size, easy to understand, amusing cartoons. The most recent edition has been updated to take into account new techniques and stuff that wasn't possible/standard procedure when it was written originally.

Franco Ferrero - Whitewater Safety & Rescue: The Bible accotding to Franco, this is pretty much the world standard as far as water safety and rescue goes. Covers a massive amount of topics from personal kit, group management, river reading and leading and rescue procedure and technique. Good reading for anyone looking to develop as a river leader or just advancing their own paddling.
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Postby Jamie » Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:44 pm

For advanced coaching have a look at Westgarth.tv online. Loads of decent instructional videos that go into detail about modern kayaking techniques.

Although it can get a bit wordy- 'positive blade pressure with lower torso body tension allows for dynamic stability'.
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Postby Jamie » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:13 pm

I quite like them its like just watching normal kayaking porn, except you get given tips.
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Postby katys » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:46 pm

I've got the Nealy one, its awesome!
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