4th Edition (PDF)
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Beautifully presented, colour PDF (Although not of original print quality due file size constraints), instructional manual, covering this adventure activity from planning to take-out, in easy to understand detail. Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: A day canoeing on the Whanganui River - Photo essay.
Chapter 2: Campsites - This chapter gives an explanation of the facilities available.
Chapter 3: Tour Scheduling - Tour booking guide.
Chapter 4: Maps.
Chapter 5: Gear List - A catalogue of the gear that is required for the journey. This refers to gear not supplied by the canoe-hire company. It details gear needed on the water, at campsites and cooking equipment required.
Chapter 6: Food - Helpful tips for multi-day food storage and preparation for a canoe adventure. It includes detailed advice to help overcome the challenges this activity presents, including advice on alcohol and a three day menu suggestion.
Chapter 7: Your menu and shopping list.
Chapter 8: Hygiene - How to maintain health and hygiene while in the wilderness.
Chapter 9: Technical Equipment - This includes the explanation of the equipment that canoe-hire companies provide to customers, what the gear is for and how to use is safely an effectively.
Chapter 10: On The Water - This chapter outlines your responsibilities while canoeing on the river. It includes what should be worn and how to behave around other river traffic.
Chapter 11: Time Management - This responsibility is explained and some tips given on how to remain aware of where you are on the River in relation to how much time you have.
Chapter 12: Understanding the Swift-water Grading System - A technical chapter with detailed explanations of each Grade of Swift-water.
Chapter 13: Getting In and Out of Your Canoe - One of the fundamental skills required on the river is explained in detail for all the various river conditions.
Chapter 14: Hazards on the River - How to recognise the various hazards present, why it is important to avoid them, how to avoid them and what to do if they have not been avoided.
Chapter 15: Paddle Strokes - Explains the techniques of the Paddle-strokes necessary to safely and enjoyably canoe the Whanganui River.
Chapter 16: Swift-water Canoeing Tips - This chapter delivers a ‘Tool-kit’ of Canoe Techniques for application when in swiftly moving water.
Chapter 17: Reading Swift-water - This explains how to recognize the Hydraulics that Canoeists will encounter and how to navigate through them.
Chapter 18: Wind - This covers how wind will affect your Canoe and its operation.
Chapter 19: Flooding - How to recognise Flooding is occurring is covered in this chapter, how to make good decisions and to remain safe during times of Flood.
Chapter 20: Self Rescue - This explains techniques and offers advice on how to manage Self-rescue situations.
Chapter 21: Group Rescue - This explains techniques and offers advice on how to manage Rescue situations if you are part of a group.
Chapter 22: Emergency Management - Describes what this is and what to do.
Chapter 23: At the Campsites - This chapter offers guidelines to follow and tips to ensure every Camper enjoys their stay.
Chapter 24: Rubbish - A reminder of your responsibilities while in the National Park.
Chapter 25: Flora & Fauna - Offers some guidelines to limit your impact on the National Park and some tips on how to protect Gear and Food from animals.
Chapter 26: Private Property - A reminder that not all areas within the National Park are free for Customers to access.
Chapter 27: The Take-Out - This chapter gives ways to ensure tidiness and efficiency when un-packing your Canoes and loading vehicles at the end of the Journey.
Chapter 28: Personal Journal.