Outbound Canoeing by Johnny Molloy

Outward Bound Canoeing Handbook

The Outward Bound Canoeing Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of canoeing. The book covers all aspects of canoeing, from types of canoes to equipment choices, paddle and on-the-water techniques, safety tips, and more.

It is a handy, illustrated resource that combines expert instruction with practical tips to ensure a fun and satisfying canoe trip for your next outdoor adventure.

The main themes of the book include:

1. Types of Canoes: The book provides detailed information on different types of canoes, including recreational canoes, touring canoes, and whitewater canoes. It also covers the pros and cons of each type of canoe.

2. Equipment Choices: The book discusses the various equipment choices available for canoeing, such as paddles, life jackets, and other safety gear. It also provides guidance on how to choose the right equipment for your needs.

3. Paddle Techniques: The book covers the different paddle techniques used in canoeing, including the J-stroke, the C-stroke, and the draw stroke. It also provides tips on how to improve your paddling skills.

4. On-the-Water Techniques: The book provides guidance on how to navigate different types of water, including calm lakes, fast-moving rivers, and choppy seas. It also covers how to handle different weather conditions.

5. Safety Tips: The book emphasizes the importance of safety in canoeing and provides tips on how to stay safe on the water. It covers topics such as wearing a life jacket, avoiding hazards, and dealing with emergencies.

What I Liked

I’m more of a fan of the author than the book. But the book is also solid. I took away a few tips and now understand some nuances about canoes.

What I Did Not Like

There are some parts of the book that are pretty basic and skimmable.

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