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Paddling with kids : AMC essential handbook for fun and safe paddling
Lessels, Bruce.
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Boston, MA : Appalachian Mountain Ckub Books ; Guildord, CT : Distributed by The Globe Pequot Press, [2001]

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xvi, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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From toddlers to teenagers, sharing our love of the outdoors with children can be fun, rewarding - and sometimes challenging. How do you keep children interested while teaching them the proper way to hold the paddle or keep them safe when maneuvering through whitewater? Written by parents for parents, Paddling with Kids has the answers to these questions and many more. Authors Bruce Lessels and Karen Blom draw not only on their own experiences as parents and whitewater paddlers, but also on their expertise as owners of Zoar Outdoor Adventures, where they have developed paddling instruction programs for children aged 8 to 18. Novice and experienced paddlers alike will appreciate their practical advice on everything from choosing the right gear to sharing the excitement of paddling with kids - without losing your sanity or their affection. This must-have guide is just the tool you need to plan a paddling trip that is safe, fun, and memorable for you and your children. Special features include: * comprehensive "how-to" information on essential skills, safety, gear, and trip planning especially for parents * inspirational essays by paddling experts that offer real-life guidance on how to interest children in paddling and how to put newly-learned skills into action * information on children's programs including camps, schools, and community-based programs help parents make informed decisions about instruction

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Bruce Lessels, author of the AMC Whitewater Handbook and Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide, is an international paddling champion. He and his wife, Karen Blom, are longtime instructors at and operators of Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
How to Use This Bookp. xv
Chapter 1 Paddling Options for Everyonep. 1
Canoeingp. 2
Paddling, Camping, and Kids--Oh My!p. 4
Kayakingp. 6
Whitewater Raftingp. 9
Chapter 2 Gearing Upp. 11
Boatp. 11
Keep It Cleanp. 14
Safe Seating for Kids in Boatsp. 19
Personal Flotation Devices and Helmetsp. 21
Paddlesp. 24
What to Takep. 26
Clothing and Other Gearp. 27
Be Resourcefulp. 29
Safety and Comfort Itemsp. 31
First-aid Kitp. 31
Other Stuff for Kidsp. 34
Fishing with Abbie on Sherman Reservoirp. 35
Chapter 3 Play It Safep. 39
Environmental Risksp. 39
Paddling-fit Kidsp. 43
An Ounce of Preventionp. 46
My Lesson in Judgmentp. 49
Chapter 4 Teaching Kids, 101p. 51
Getting Their Attentionp. 51
Lessons in Learningp. 52
Keeping Them Interestedp. 56
How Far to Push?p. 57
Being a Teacher and a Parentp. 60
Learning Styles Vary with Agep. 62
A Seven-year-old Paddlerp. 65
Chapter 5 Skills and Strokesp. 71
Boat Entries and Exitsp. 71
Strokesp. 75
Holding a Paddlep. 76
Forward Strokep. 76
Correction Strokesp. 79
Draw Strokesp. 80
Cross Draw Strokep. 83
Forward Sweep Strokep. 84
Reverse Sweep Strokep. 85
High and Low Bracesp. 86
Eskimo Rollp. 88
Chapter 6 Games and Other Ways to Reach Kidsp. 93
Teaching Strokes and Maneuvers to Kidsp. 93
Stroke Practicep. 94
Gamesp. 96
Chapter 7 Paddling Programs for Kidsp. 105
School Programsp. 105
Running a Successful School Paddling Programp. 106
Camp Programsp. 109
Camp Mondamin's Philosophyp. 109
Community Programsp. 111
Youth Kayaking in Durango, Coloradop. 112
Club Programsp. 113
Outfitter Programsp. 115
Selecting the Right Program for Your Childp. 116
Chapter 8 Keeping Kids Paddling Safelyp. 119
Practicing and Acquiring Skillsp. 120
Developing Judgmentp. 120
A Peer Paddling Networkp. 122
Chapter 9 Take a Tripp. 125
Private Property and Permissionp. 126
Planning for Extended Tripsp. 127
Leave No Tracep. 128
My Island Girlp. 130
Chapter 10 Competitive Paddling Opportunities for Kidsp. 133
Freestyle Canoeingp. 133
Marathon Canoe Racingp. 134
Flatwater Racing (Sprint)p. 134
Whitewater Slalomp. 134
Downriver Racingp. 135
Whitewater Rodeop. 135
Afterword: Canoeing on the Green Riverp. 137
Appendix A Glossary of Termsp. 143
Appendix B General Characteristics of Kayaks and Canoesp. 146
Appendix C Paddling Programsp. 150
Appendix D Paddling Equipment for Kidsp. 154
Appendix E Paddling Resourcesp. 158
About the Authorsp. 164
About the Appalachian Mountain Clubp. 166
Leave No Tracep. 168