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How to Kayak and Canoe
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Getting Started

    • Introduction
    • Understanding Watercraft
    • Buying a Boat
    • Transporting Boats
    • Basic Accessories

Equipment In Depth

    • Maintenance / Repair
    • Clothing
    • Tools & Toys

How to Canoe

    • Canoes
    • Paddles
    • Technique

How to Kayak

    • Kayaks
    • Paddles
    • Technique
    • Strokes/Braces
    • Capsize Recoveries

Other Skills

    • Boater First Aid
    • Paddling Chef (recipes)
    • Navigation
    • Camping / Survival
    • Photography
    • Exercises

Kayak Fishing

    • Technique
    • Gear
    • Commentary

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Kevin Callan
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Tom Watson
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Wayne Horodowich
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