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  • Navigation, Sea State & Weather
    A Paddler's Manual
    Freedom of the Sea Volume 1
    The newest publication in our product line offers information and lessons on navigation, such as how to use a compass, chart a course, and avoid collisions. This 232 page book will also teach you how to predict the tides, understand the waves and how to observe, record and predict the weather. This manual teaches a set of skills that can be applied anywhere in the world.
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  • Tofino-Ucluelet-Pacific Rim Backroad Map - SOLD OUT
    Popular Backroad Map & Outdoor Recreation Guide for the
    Tofino-Ucluelet-Pacific Rim Area. By JF Marleau.

  • Kayaking the Broken Group Islands, the essential guidebook
    Outdoor recreation guide book specifically written as an invaluable tool for a trip to the magical Broken Group Islands in Pacific Rim National Park. By JF Marleau. See below for sample pages.

Navigation, Sea State & Weather
A Paddler's Manual
Freedom of the Seas Vol. 1

Freedom of the Seas, Volume 1 is intended as a reference for kayakers and canoeists touring large bodies of water. This book is written from a Canadian perspective. The examples in this book are drawn from across Canada, but the lessons can be applied anywhere in the world.
In this book you will learn to:

  • Read a chart
  • Navigate using numerous techniques
  • Use a compass to take bearings and steer a course
  • Understand and predict tides and currents
  • Avoid collisions with other vessels
  • Understand waves and surf
  • Distinguish different forms of sea ice
  • Understand weather phenomena
  • Observe, record and predict the weather
  • Make the most of marine weather forecasts
  • And much more

Two popular products will guide you to the best locations, suggested highlights and prepare you for this unique wilderness area.

2008 Second edition:

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"Kayaking the Broken Group Islands.
The Essential Guidebook"

The Broken Group Islands (BGI) on the west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the most famous sea kayaking destinations in the world. There is no match for its natural beauty and diversity of wildlife.

This section of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has much to offer kayakers of all levels. The inner islands are sheltered waters with quiet lagoons. The outer islands are exposed to open ocean swells and powerful waves which pound the shore.

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The BGI is a wilderness brimming with life including a variety of intertidal critters, marine mammals, land mammals and birds which live in this archipelago of over 100 islands. This paradise also has a rich history of First Nations culture that dates back more than 5000 years.

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This paddling guidebook is the most complete and up to date field reference on the Broken Group Islands. It is suitable for all kayakers - from the novice paddler to the experienced kayak guide. It provides in-depth information pertaining to the Broken Group Islands including natural and cultural history, wildlife, camping, safety, and highlights. This reference will enhance your preparation, preparedness as well as your safety, knowledge and enjoyment of kayaking in the Broken Group Islands.

 

 

  • ISBN 0-9739877-0-7
  • Click here to see a preview, the table of contents and the disclaimer for this
    6 x 9 inch, 128 page book!
  • Kayaking the Broken Group Islands, the Essential Guidebook: $19.99

 

 

 

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Sea Kayak Guide Manual by SKILS
updated 2009 edition now available.  
CDN $25. Written by Michael Pardy, JF Marleau, Andrew Woodford and Piper Harris.

Designed specifically for sea kayak guides, this manual covers a wide range of topics including: kayak touring, expedition behavior, leadership, legal liability, group management, camping, food and water, water treatment, tarpology, surf landing and launching, communication, emergency protocols, decision-making, pre-trip planning, guide standards, water classification, pre-trip talk, trip check lists, float plan, environmental impact protocols and trip reporting.

 
 
  Sea Kayak Instructor Manual by SKILS
updated 2009 edition now available.
CDN $20. Written by Michael Pardy, JF Marleau, Andrew Woodford and Piper Harris.
Designed specifically for sea kayak instructors, this manual covers a number of topics including designing and running kayak programs, games, strokes and rescue progressions, and sample lesson plans.
 

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