A lot of people ask us for book recommendations. Here are a few that we really like and that have helped us in our own skill development process. Check back from time to time as we'll keep this list updated as we find new books that you should know about.
Books we keep on our own shelf:
Alone at Sea, by Pollner Verlag, published 1998.
The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch, by NIMA, published 2010.
The Art of Freestyle, by Brymer, Hughes, and Collins, published 2000.
Athletic Body in Balance, by Gray Cook, published 2003.
The Bombproof Roll and Beyond, by Paul Dutky, published 1993.
BCU Canoe and Kayak Handbook, edited by Ray Rowe, latest edition published 1997.
BCU Coaching Handbook, edited by Franco Ferrero, published 2006.
Captain Jack's Tide and Current Almanac, Puget Sound Version, published yearly.
The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds, by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, published 2007.
The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking, by Derek Hutchinson's, published 1994.
Commitment and Open Water Crossings, by Bill Taylor, published 1990.
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, by Laurence Gonzales, published 2004.
Deep Trouble, by Matt Broze and George Gronseth, published 1997.
Discovering Canoeing, by James Weir, published 2010.
Eric Sloane's Weather Book, by Eric Sloane, published 1980.
Expedition Kayaking on Sea and Open Water, by Derek Hutchinson, published 1985.
Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, by David Burch, published 1993.
How to Read a Nautical Chart, by Nigel Calder, published 2003.
The Inner Game of Tennis, by Timothy Gallwey, published 1974.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast, edited by Peter McGee, published 1998.
Kayak Rolling, The Black Art Demystified, by Loel Collins, published 2004.
Kayak Surfing, by Bill Mattos, published 2004.
Living Canoeing, by Alan Byde, published 1979.
Motor Learning and Performance, by Richard Schmidt, published 1991.
Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking, by Nigel Foster, published 1997.
Nigel Foster's Surf Kayaking, by Nigel Foster, published 1998.
On Celtic Tides, by Chris Duff, published 1999.
Path of the Paddle: an Illustrated Guide to the Art of Canoeing, by Bill Mason, published 1984.
Sea Kayak, by Gordon Brown, published 2006.
Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring, by John Dowd, published 2004.
Sea Kayak Handling, by Doug Cooper, published 2009.
Sea Kayak Navigation, by Franco Ferrero, published 2007 (second edition).
Sea Kayaking Safety and Rescue, by John Lull, published 2001.
The Starship and the Canoe, by Kenneth Brower, published 1983.
Stretching for Functional Flexibility, by Phil Armiger, published 2010.
Top Tips for Boaters, by Loel Collins and Franco Ferrero, published 2005.
Top Tips for Coaches, by Plas y Brenin Canoe Department, published 2002.
The Weather, by Francis Wilson, published 1981.
Weather Predicting Simplified, by Michael Carr, published 1999.
West Coast Marine Hazards Manual, by O.S. Lange (Environment Canada), published 1999.
The Wind Came All Ways: A Quest to Understand the Winds, Waves, and Weather in the Georgia Basin, by Owen S. Lange, published 1999.
White Water Safety and Rescue, second edition, by Franco Ferrero, published 2006.