Learning Resources

Disclaimer:  the resources on this website are no substitute for 1-on-1 instruction by certified instructors.  Please support your local kayak shop and paddling community by getting professional instruction.

Note:  Reimbursements are available for members who participate in outside training and kayak events, with substantial reimbursements available for members who lead trips and teach classes.   More information can be found on our documentation page.  Look for "Guidelines for Reimbursements for Classes Taken Outside of OOPS"

Visit our Library!   OOPS has an extensive lending library featuring many of the DVDs noted below, and books that cover the topics below and more.    Please click on the link to browse, create a free account, and check out items.

Good Reading

General

Safe Boating

Cold Water and Immersion Protection

Risk Management Systems

Boat Control

Navigation/ Planning

Strokes and Paddling Effectively

Rescues and Recoveries

Rolling

Moving Water (Rivers, Ocean Shores)

Ocean Paddling, Surfing & Rock Gardening

Weather

Training

Please visit our affiliated retailers

Suggested Symposia

Organizations offering skill-based instruction and certification

Greenland Resources

Videos/Animations/Audio

General Skills

Paddling in a Group

Getting Started

Safe Boating

The Forward Stroke

The Reverse Stoke

Boat Control

Paddling in WInd

Moving Water

Ocean Paddling, Surf, etc

Recoveries

Rescues

Rolling

Fun Skills

Reference

Inspirational

Some commercial videos available locally or online

Instructional

Inspirational

  • Justine Curgenven's This is the Sea series
  • Bryan Smith's "Pacific Horizons" and "Eastern Horizons" (difficult to find)
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