Laurie Gullion is one of the most knowledgeable canoeing instructors in the country, having worked as a self-employed canoe tour guide since 1980. She leads canoe tours in New England and serves as co-leader for Arctic Barrens Expeditions--an organization that guides paddlers on whitewater canoeing journeys into the Northwest Territories of Canada. She is certified as an instructor trainer and as a whitewater canoeing instructor by the American Canoeing Association (ACA).
Laurie is an outdoor education specialist in the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She has contributed articles to Canoe and Paddler magazines and has written numerous books on the subjects of canoeing and skiing. She is the author of Nordic Skiing: Steps to Success, Ski Games, The Cross-Country Primer and Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction Manual--the national text of the ACA for canoeing and kayaking certification programs. Laurie received her master's degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she now lectures on writing in the sport management program.
In addition to teaching and writing about canoeing, Laurie is an accomplished canoe racer. She was the national champion in the women's tandem and mixed tandem classes of the ACA Whitewater Open Course Championships in 1986 and she finished in 2nd place in 1987. In her free time, Laurie enjoys wildflower photography, mountain biking, and fitness training.
''This book is inviting with sound instructional sequences. Excellent balance in the presentation of the sport and recreation of paddling.''
--Dave Harrison, Editor in Chief, Canoe magazine
''A great beginner's book. . . . Enjoyable and memorable.''
--James R. Abel, MD, Wilderness canoe guide, Senior staff physician, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
''Canoeing will help bring the activity of canoeing into the 21st century.''
--Kim P. Whitley, Outdoor specialist, instructor, Department of Kinesiology, The College of William and Mary
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. Web Site, September, 2000
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Chapter 1. Going Canoeing
Types of Canoeing What Type of Canoeing Interests You? Getting Started On Your Way!
Chapter 2. Canoeing Equipment
What Gear Is Available? Choosing the Proper Clothing and Accessories Choosing the Right PFD Choosing a Paddle Choosing a Canoe Renting Gear Transporting Canoes
Chapter 3. Canoeing Correctly
Carrying the Canoe Stabilizing the Canoe Developing Stroke Skills Learning the Basic Strokes and Maneuvers Paddling a Straight Line Developing Rescue Skills
Chapter 4. Canoeing Fitness and Safety
Step 1: How Ready Is Your Body? Step 2: Improving Your Canoeing Fitness Basic Guidelines for Safe Touring
Chapter 5. The Best Places to Canoe
Minimum Impact Canoe Travel Traveling With Children United States Getaways Canoe Canada British Waterways Europe by Canoe Scenic Australia and New Zealand Speaking the Language
Chapter 6. Pursuing Canoeing Further
Getting Serious About Canoeing Exploring Other Paddlesports A Passion for Canoeing
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