KASK Handbook

The handbook is currently out of print. There are plans to print a new edition, but we have no firm dates on the print date yet.

In the mean time many of the chapters from the handbook will be adopted in to the app.

The history behind the handbook

The concept of this handbook originated in 1995 with a scoping document sent to paddlers throughout New Zealand. The response was very positive and the results were edited by Peter Sullivan and Paul Caffyn, while the task of typing, scanning and layout of the first edition was undertaken by Peter. The handbook was first published in 1996. A second edition, published in 1998, was reformatted by Paul Caffyn with a resources section added, plus more of Nicola Johnson’s marvellous sketches. A fourth edition, published in 2006, involved a huge collective effort by KASK members for the updating, rewriting of material, and several new sections were added.

A fourth edition reprint was updated to January 2008. This handbook is a living work, and KASK aims to progressively update the handbook. Readers with expertise in areas not covered or with constructive criticism, contact P. Caffyn via the Contact Us link.

The overall aim of the Handbook is not to highlight the risk of sea kayaking, but to emphasize the skills and techniques necessary for safe, incident free, and enjoyable paddling.