Knack Kayaking for Everyone

Selecting Gear, Learning Strokes, and Planning Trips

By Bill Burnham; Mary Burnham; Eli Burakian (Photographer); Stephen Gorman (Photographer)
(Knack, Paperback, 9781599215099, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

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Knack Kayaking for Everyone is aimed at both beginners and casual paddlers, covers both sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. There are no good, public statistics on the crossover among practitioners of sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. Modern recreational kayaks, however, are useful on still water and in relatively slow streams (Class 2 and maybe low-flow Class 3), they’re relatively inexpensive, and a lot of paddlers these days start in them and use them in a variety of water types. Thus there is a lot of crossover among beginners and casual paddlers.

About the Author

Bill and Mary Burnham are the author of two award-winning books, Florida Keys Paddling Atlas and Hiking Virginia, both FalconGuides, and are also the authors of Knack Car Camping, The Complete Florida Beach Guide, Day Hikes Near DC, and numerous other Falcon books. The couple guide kayak trips, write for several publications, and post their adventures on and
 Stephen Gorman is a photographer and writer whose photo-essay books include Northeastern Wilds. His work has also appeared in Knack Car Camping, Knack Canoeing for Everyone, and Knack Dog Care & Training, and in such magazines as Outside and Audubon. Visit the photographer at Eli Burakian is a freelance photographer. Visit the photographer at

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