The following is a continually evolving list of books recommended by the members of OPP. You can click on each book’s title for more information from a retail site. OPP makes no endorsement, expressed or implied, of any of these retailers. Please keep in mind that many of these books can be found at local bookstores or outfitters.
- Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, by Rob Casey (May, 2012). Detailed information on 60 Salish Sea paddling trips.
- Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and RIvers, by Rob Casey (March, 2011). A guide for beginners or experts on the sport of stand up paddling.
(A special thanks to Rob for allowing OPP to use the picture in the header above.)
- Current Atlas: Juan de Fuca Strait to Strait of Georgia, published by the Canadian Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans (2010). An excellent resource for regional tidal current information. This must be supplemented by one of the following two publications that tell you what page of the Current Atlas to use for each hour of the day:
- On Celtic Tides: One Man’s Journey Around Ireland by Sea Kayak, by Chris Duff (November, 2000). Chris’ thoughts and reflections on his 1200 mile circumnavigation.
- Southern Exposure: A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand’s South Island, by Chris Duff (March, 2003). Another from Chris where “he is not only exploring coastlines. He’s exploring human limits with nature, with solitude, with culture.”
- Sea Kayaker Deep Trouble: True Stories and Their Lessons from Sea Kayaker Magazine, by Matt Broze and George Cronseth (May, 1997). A discussion of 20 incidents that should make you a safer paddler.
- Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation: Master the Traditional Skills and the Latest Technologies, by David Burch (June,2008). The go to book for learning how to read nautical charts, plot and maintain a course, use navigation aids, and predict tides and currents.