Resource Library

You can access all the resources listed below through your Essential Membership – this library provides a summary of all our currently available videos, technical articles, discussion, audio resources and podcasts.
We add at least four new resources each month, focusing on the following areas:

  • Boat Handling Skills
  • Group Management & Leadership
  • Navigation & Planning
  • Coaching & Learning

With Essential Membership, you can browse our catalogue of files, or search for a specific resource using the ‘search posts’ function – simply copy its title from the list below, sign in to our Membership Area, and paste the resource title into the ‘search posts’ box – you’ll be taken directly to your chosen resource.

You can also search for subject areas, such as ‘surf’ or ‘tide race’, ‘assessment preparation’ or ‘exchanging feedback’, ‘group management’ or ‘communication’. It’s easy to navigate and quickly takes you to your area of interest.

 

 

 

 

Decision Making in Sea Kayaking Videos
– a new series, exploring our decision-making options in a wide range of sea kayaking subject areas
– we are actively developing this series, to create an extensive resource of thought-provoking videos

Title: dynamic water safety kit
safety equipment options afloat for leaders and coaches in dynamic water – in PFD, on deck, in 4th hatch, in day hatch
Tags: Essential DM video series, decision-making, equipment choices

Title: solo safety kit afloat
safety kit choices on a recent solo trip on the west coast of Vancouver Island – in PFD, on deck, in deck bag, 4th hatch, day hatch
Tags: Essential DM video series, decision-making, equipment choices

Title: towline options in dynamic water
towline decisions and techniques, clipping / releasing, equipment choices, positioning
Tags: Essential DM video series, decision-making, equipment choices

Trip Planning & Navigation Resources
– videos, articles, discussions, presentations –  exploring coastal / open water trip planning & navigation skills
– focus on accessing useful information, applications to sea kayaking environments, informed decision-making

Title: coastal nav rhoscolyn
10-minute video presentation, exploring planning issues for coastal venues – weather, tides, expected conditions 
Tags: Essential DM video series, decision-making, planning & navigation, anglesey

Title: online weather forecasts
10-minute video presentation online forecastsusefulness to sea kayakers, principle of progressive exposure to conditions
Tags: Essential DM video series, decision-making, planning & navigation, anglesey, progressive exposure

Coaching Skills

Title: removing friction
10-minute video presentation – removing barriers to goal-setting 
Tags: coaching matters, goal setting, psychological skills

Group Management & Leadership

Title: Three Minute theory – Situation Awareness
This is video presentation explores the subject of situational awareness.
Tags:
coaching matters, psychological skills, situational awareness, 3-minute theory.

Already Here!
Sea Kayak Essentials DVD Vol.1 – Intermediate / Advanced Boat Handling Skills
– we have uploaded our entire Sea Kayak Essentials DVD series, in a collection of 10-20 minute individual chapters

Title: the five essentials
boat speed, boat angle, boat trim, body position, stroke linking
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills

Title: fundamentals
body position, body / boat / blade connections, blade awareness, power transfer
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills

Title: forward paddling
flat & dynamic water, body position, blade connections, entry / exit, developing power
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, core skills

Title: turning techniques
turning on the spot & on the move, inside / outside edge turns, stroke linking
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, core skills

Title: balancing skills
boat balancing, leaning / edging, body / boat connections, contact / pressure / body position
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, core skills

Title: boat awareness exercises
effect of wind & waves, boat speed & trim on sea kayak tracking & turning
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, core skills

Title: using the skeg
efficient skeg use in wind & waves, upwind, downwind, crosswind
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, core skills

Title: turning in wind & waves
turning skills – upwind, downwind, dealing with wind and waves, inside / outside edge turns in conditions
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Title: dynamic water boat speed
forward paddling skills in wind and waves, maintaining speed and efficiency
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Title: moving water skills
crossing eddy lines, boat control in fast water, ferry gliding skills, body position, stroke linking
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Title: rock hopping skills
accurate and confident paddling in rock gardens, reading the water, making moves in control, boat handling techniques
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills, rock gardening skills

Title: surf launching & landing
launching and landing in surf conditions, timing and control, reading conditions, boat control
Tags:
SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Title: tide race skills
boat control and performance in tide race conditions, application of core skills in dynamic water
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Title: surfing skills
take offs, position on wave, boat control, changing direction, exiting the wave
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.1, technical skills, applied skills

Sea Kayak Essentials DVD Vol.2 – Safety & Rescue Skills
– we have uploaded our entire Sea Kayak Essentials DVD series, in a collection of 10-20 minute individual chapters

Title: deep water rescues part 1
solid foundations, assisted rescues, problem solving
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, technical skills

Title: deep water rescues part 2
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, technical skills

Title: contact tows
contact towing techniques, equipment choices, working together, pros & cons
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, contact tows, technical skills

Title: towing
towing techniques, equipment options, releasable tows, contact tows, multiple tows
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, towing, technical skills

Title: self rescue part 1
paddle float, scramble techniques, re-entry, rolling
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, self rescues, technical skills

Title: self rescue part 2
paddle float, scramble techniques, re-entry, rolling
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, self rescues, technical skills

Title: launching & landing
safe strategies, options in challenging conditions
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, technical skills

Title: rocky coastlines
safe rock hopping, anchored rescues, lee shore rescues, team rescues
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, technical skills, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, rock hopping

Title: tide races
tide race paddling, problem avoidance, rough water rescues, towing tactics
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, technical skills, sea kayak rescues, deep water rescues, rock hopping

Title: sea kayaking equipment
clothing & equipment choices for different sea kayaking environments
Tags: SK Essentials Vol.2, technical skills

Ocean Paddler Magazine Coaching Articles

Title: safer sea kayaking
sea kayak group management strategies – anticipation / planning, communication, route choice, positioning
Tags: group management skills, leadership skills

Title: crossing the eddy line
moving water skills, boat position, angle, speed, body position, stroke linking, self-coaching exercises
Tags: Ocean Paddler, technical skills, coaching exercises

Title: blade awareness
stroke linking, slicing, blade angle / pressure, active hands, paddle options
Tags: Ocean Paddler, technical skills, coaching exercises

Title: sitting comfortably
dynamic posturesitting tall, core strength, flexibility, body / boat connections, rotation, power transfer
Tags: Ocean Paddler, technical skills, coaching exercises

Title: performance boat trim
free the boat, feel the performance – edging / leaning, connections, relaxed control, contact vs pressure, body rotation
Tags: Ocean Paddler, technical skills, coaching exercises

Title: the five essentials
core fundamental skills – boat speed, boat angle, boat trim, body position, stroke linking
Tags: Ocean Paddler, technical skills, coaching exercises