Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

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Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by Northern Blue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:43 pm

For those long winter nights, I’m looking for a good instructional whitewater book, covering safety, rescues, equipment and techniques.

I’ve built up a considerable amount of sea kit, but have only just started on my ww venture. We had to negotiate a low dam at the weekend and I didn’t even have a sling and carabiner set up of my own, which I had to borrow to get round the obstacle. There was talk of prussicks and pulleys too, although they weren’t needed on this occasion !

I’m sure I’ll pick it up in time, as I get out more with my local club, but a good book might give me a bit of a head start.

Thanks.

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by twopigs » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:58 pm

Can't go far wrong with https://www.pesdapress.com/index.php/pr ... ty-rescue/

Although I prefer the first edition in glorious black and white!!

It goes without saying buying ww kit is only worthwhile if you know how and when to use it! Maybe get on a WWSR course on one of the chilly winter weekends??
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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by Northern Blue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 pm

twopigs wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:58 pm
It goes without saying buying ww kit is only worthwhile if you know how and when to use it! Maybe get on a WWSR course on one of the chilly winter weekends??
It does go without saying, but none the less, it’s sound advice and fortunately there are plenty of courses available, along with coaching through my club.

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by countvoncount » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:15 pm

Olli Grau's White Water Kayaking is good. It's translated from German, and some of the phrasing is a little awkward--but it's full of sound advice and some nice pictures.

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by Jim » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:16 pm

Text books are hard to read, try 'Kayak' by William Nealy (assuming it is still in print).
The diagrams have never really been improved on by anyone, there is a good dose of humour to maintain interest, and I think that all the American terminology has been absorbed into British river speak now.

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by DaveBland » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:32 pm

+1 for Jim's suggestion
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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:15 pm

Jim wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:16 pm
Text books are hard to read, try 'Kayak' by William Nealy (assuming it is still in print).
The diagrams have never really been improved on by anyone, there is a good dose of humour to maintain interest, and I think that all the American terminology has been absorbed into British river speak now.
Have you not seen the more recent incarnation, where all the boats have been chopped down in length..?

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by roo » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:12 pm

+1 for Dave's +1

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Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Post by Northern Blue » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:51 pm

Thanks for all the recommendations.

“Kayak” bought and digested already. It’s a fun and easy read, with a super sense of humour throughout.

Second edition of “WW Safety & Rescue” is also here, but is going to take a bit longer to get through.

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