Recommended Sea Kayaking Books

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking by Dennis Stuhaug
You know who you are and you know why you like this book: it’s easy to read, details are clear and concise, and you know you won’t feel so much like an idiot after reading it.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine (
Apart from an annual touring issue, there are loads of articles from seasoned writers on kayaking trips, events, gear, news, maps, tests, and guides.
The Complete Kayak Fisherman by Eric Burnley
General details on how to turn your kayak your new fishing boat.
The Essential Sea Kayaker by David Seidman
Complete manual for everything you ever wanted to know about touring and sea kayaking.
Kayak Fitness: The Fusion of Sport and Exercise by Jamie McDonough, Anna Levesque, Andrew Holcombe, and Jamie McDonough
Using your kayak as a fitness tool comes naturally. Here is how to get the most out of your workout.
Kayaking Made Easy, 3rd: A Manual for Beginners with Tips for the Experienced by Dennis Stuhaug
An excellent kayaking beginner’s handbook. Great range of detail with easy to read technical information, tips, and equipment descriptions.
Keep Australia On Your Left: A True Story of an Attempt to Circumnavigate Australia by Kayak by Eric Stiller
One man’s memoir of kayaking around Australia.
The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska by Kim Heacox
One man’s account of 25 years of experience paddling in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
Wavelength Magazine (
British Columbia based glossy magazine with a useful website Articles focus on gear, journeys, trip photos, race information and results, and news.

Useful Sea Kayaking Websites

General (
The home page of one of the most important magazines for the sport has interactive features, back articles, videos, message boards, guides, and contests.
The Kayaking Journal (
Information on sea and whitewater kayaking. There are gear reviews, a bookstore, tour details, club links, and a newsletter.
Kayaking Today (
Complete and update information on kayaking. The site offers guides, instructions to build your own boat, news, links to blog, and much more.


Australian Canoeing Online (
This site explores canoeing and kayaking in the Land Down Under.

North America

National Rivers (
This site is geared toward paddling and activities on rivers, but there is also some good information and links on sea kayaking.
Oregon Ocean Paddling Society (
This Portland, Oregon based sea kayaking club conducts regular paddling trips, has social events, online forums, and background information on whitewater kayaking in the Pacific Northwest.
Paddlesports Industry Association (
Organization dedicated to promoting safe, clean, and ethical canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Search engine for finding paddling outfitters and retailers and basic background details on the sport.


Kayaksurf Portugal (
Portuguese site dedicated to the little known sport of kayaksurfing with photos, links, and interviews.

British (
A London based Seakayaker’s blog includes images, trip reports and general background details.