Paddling Guide Books
Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay: Day Trips on the Tidal Tributaries and Coastlines of the Western and Eastern Shore by Michael Savario and Andrea Nolan, Backcountry Press, Woodstock, VT, backcountrypress.com, paperback, 2003. Review by Eric Pavlak.
...With 4,600 miles of tidal shoreline and more than 400 rivers and creeks, the Chesapeake Bay can be a paddler’s paradise. Unfortunately, it takes careful planning and a bit of experience in avoiding the paddling hell of power boats and overdevelopment that mars much of the bay. A good guide book in invaluable.
Keystone Canoeing: A Guide to Canoeable Water of Eastern Pennsylvania by Edward Gertler. June, 2004, Seneca Press.
Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails: A Paddler's Guide to Rivers of the Old Line and First States by Edward Gertler, March, 1996, Seneca Press.
Garden State Canoeing: A Paddler's Guide to New Jersey by Edward Gertler. June, 2004, Seneca Press. September, 2002, Seneca Press.
...As essential to paddling the rivers of these states as your canoe or kayak! All are illustrated with maps that show access points, local roads, dams and other obstructions and more. They describe trip characteristics, scenery, water quality, level of difficulty, hazards, recommended gage readings and more. Covers all levels of difficulty, from flatwater to expert-level rivers. Gertler personally paddles every trip listed in his books. Among the best guide books ever written in any outdoor sport!
Rescue and safety
Whitewater Rescue Manual: New Techniques for Canoeists, Kayakers, and Rafters by Charles Walbridge and Wayne A. Sundmacher
This is the best available, but then I am biased. I took my training from the authors. The one below is also good, but spends far too much time on technical rescues I have never seen, let alone used. In whitewater rescues, speed is the essence!
River Rescue: A Manual for Whitewater Safety, AMC Paddlesports by Slim Ray and Les Bechdel
The Coastal Kayaker's Manual, The Complete Guide to Skills, Gear, and Sea Sense (by Randel Washburne. Good basic must have book.
Sea Kayaking in Nova Scotia by Scott Cunningham. An excellent book I have used much. A Gertler-level guidebook! Which is fortunate, since it is the only one available for this sea kayaking paradise.
Eskimo Rolling, by Derek Hutchinson Illustrated with photos and drawings that actually make sense. For sea kayaking and whitewater, including canoe and C-1 rolls.
The Bombproof Roll and Beyond by Paul Dutkey
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