The following books are in most guides’ libraries. They are all highly recommended. The more that you read and learn about sea kayaking, the more enjoyable it becomes. The critical books are those that address the skills required for safe kayaking and books that discuss the hazards that kayakers must be aware of. It is the weather and sea-state that guides are constantly paying attention to and so should all kayakers. The sea-state can radically change in 20 minutes making an easy crossing a dangerous enterprise. Continue to educate yourself and develop your skills so that you can lead yourself and others safely.
Alderson, Doug. Sea Kayaker’s Savvy Paddler, More than 500 Tips for Better Kayaking. Ragged Mountain Press. Camden, 2001.
Burch, David. Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation, 3rd Edition. The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, 1999.
Broze, Matt and Gronseth, George. Sea Kayaker Deep Trouble, True Stories and Their Lessons form Sea Kayaker Magazine. Ragged Mountain Press, Camden, 1997.
Dowd, John. Sea Kayaking, A Manual for Long-Distance Touring, 4th edition. Greystone Books, Vancouver, 1997.
Graham, John. Outdoor Leadership, Technique, Common Sense & Self-Confidence. The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1997.
Harvey, Mark. The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Guide. Fireside, New York, 1999.
Hutchinson, Derek C. Guide to Expedition Kayaking on Sea & Open Water, 3rd Edition. Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook, 1994.
Pojar, Jim and MacKinnon, Andy. Plants of Coastal British Columbia including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, 1994.
Renner, Jeff. Northwest Marine Weather, From the Columbia River to Cape Scott. The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1997.
Thomson, Richard E. Oceanography of the British Columbia Coast. Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Ottawa, 1991.
West Coast Marine Weather Hazards Manual, a Guide to Local Forecasts, 2nd Edition. Environment Canada & Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd., West Vancouver, 1992.