Sea Kayak Handling

Essential Knowledge for Beginner & Intermediate Paddlers

BY: Doug Cooper
ISBN: 978-1-906095-18-5
EDITION: first
FORMAT: 112pp in full colour, 210x160mm, paperback / section sewn


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A practical guide that will help you to master the skills needed to manoeuvre a sea kayak efficiently. For beginner and intermediate paddlers. Doug draws on his personal and coaching experience to help the reader master sea kayak handling skills and techniques. Accurate sequential photos and simple concise language make the descriptions easy to follow and understand.

The foundation skills of posture, connectivity (how your body is connected to the kayak), power transfer and learning to ‘feel’ how the boat responds, are explored initially. The author then goes on to tackle forward paddling, keeping the kayak on course, reverse paddling, edging, turning on the spot, forward turns on the move, reverse turns on the move, stern rudders, moving sideways, support strokes, and the use of skegs and rudders.

Sea Kayak Handling is recommended as support material for the British Canoe Union 3 and 4 Star (Sea) awards. (The 1 star is a novice ‘encouragement’ award, the 2 star covers basic generic kayak skills, the 3 star  basic/intermediate sea specific skills and experience, and the 4 star covers intermediate sea specific skills and leadership in moderate conditions).


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Doug Cooper

Doug has spent a lifetime playing and working in the outdoors! He is at his happiest when exploring new parts of the world or challenging himself and others to improve their skills; this he has been doing for over twenty years. With a constant lust for adventure, Doug has sea kayaked all over the world including Greenland, Iceland, Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Corsica, Sardinia and Croatia. His whitewater kayaking and mountaineering has also taken him on adventures around the globe. At present Doug works as Head of Paddlesport at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre. Here his love of helping others learn and improve is met every day, when he works as a BCU Level 5 Sea and Whitewater Coach, Level 4 Surf Coach and a Mountain and Ski Instructor. In addition to this, Doug co-authored Scottish Sea Kayaking (Pesda Press), a selective guide to sea kayaking in Scotland.

1 review for Sea Kayak Handling

  1. Duncan Smith

    Absolutely superb. As with previous Pesda Press titles, excellent content, stunning design and worth every penny.

    Doug Cooper’s experience shines through the concise, clear description of each stroke with great photographs and diagrams supporting his written content.

    The addition of the downloadable video clips is a real bonus and makes this the most up to date and clear resource for developing your paddling technique.

    This is a real gem for anyone looking to develop their understanding of the correct execution of strokes and their overall kayak handling skills. I think there is something in here for any level of paddler.

    Ordered online and delivered within 48 hours. Fantastic.

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