Volume 1, Getting Started This DVD covers the fundamentals;
history, kayak selection, and looks at the variety of styles and types
of equipment available for you to choose from. Learn what to take with
you when you paddle, and what you should consider when deciding what to
wear. become an informed buyer and an informed paddler.
Volume 2, Essential Strokes Learn to paddle forward, reverse,
turn and go sideways. Essential Strokes examines the quiver of
techniques required to get you around in your kayak. Go beyond the
essential safety procedures you practice in case you overturn. Learn how
to rescue another paddler and how to assist in your own rescue. This
volume offers good grounding in essential skills.
Volume 3, Directional Control The skills shown here include
those taught in Nigel's popular "directional control" classes. Beginning
with the essential components used to accurately control your course
and also make your kayak spin, Foster layers the techniques for a
variety of turns, blends one with another and highlights why certain
techniques work better in particular conditions. "Directional Control"
will help you maneuver accurately and to keep a straight course whatever
the wind direction.
Volume 4, Rescues A capsize to a kayaker may be an
inconvenience but should not be a problem. "Rescues" offers both mental
and technical solutions. Learn how to empty a kayak at sea, how to
re-enter your own kayak from the water, and how to take control of a
rescue until the swimmer is safely back in their kayak. A number of
different ways are shown with guidance as to how to decide which will be
best for each situation.
Volume 5, Forward Paddling Keep up with your paddling friends
with the minimum of effort. Learn good blade placement, efficient
application of power, and keep a straight course without wasting
precious energy. What causes a blade to flutter and why do kayaks
weathercock? What part do your feet, legs and torso play in your forward
stroke, and how can you modify your stroke to take advantage from a
following sea? Learn the answers and much more from someone who has
fine-tuned the forward stroke through thousands of miles of expedition
Volume 6, Rolling and Bracing When you have a reliable roll
and brace, your confidence in a kayak will rise to new levels. Nigel
Foster looks at some non-intimidating ways to learn a roll, examines the
essential components of different braces and a variety of practical
everyday rolling techniques. This volume also includes Greenland rolling
skills introduced by expert Greg Stamer.
You can also watch Nigel in Justine Curvingen's first sea kayaking volume; "This is the Sea" Volume 1, weaving his way
between the forest of posts supporting the old piers of downtown
Seattle, slipping through the crystal clear waters of Florida's
spring-fed rivers to watch manatees and exotic birds, and playing on the
Northwest's Deception Pass.