Nigel's books, including "Kayaking, a Beginners Guide", Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking", Nigel Foster's Surf Kayaking", "Open Canoe Technique", and Sea Kayaking in Southern Florida, are already in print. "Raging Rivers, Stormy Seas" is now out of print. Find more about these books below.
"Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador", written after Nigel's 2004 journeys in northeastern Canada is ready... Nigel is currently seeking a suitable publisher.
Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking Explained in easy to understand language and illustrated with many illustrations and photographs. If you already grasp the basic techniques demonstrated in "A Beginners Guide to Kayaking" then "Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking" will explain how to adapt and apply your skills to the variety of sea conditions. Launching from shore, paddling control, turning, the roll, capsize recovery, how to handle tides and currents, landing through surf, navigation, weather explained, and much much more is covered in a concise and practical way.
Fernhurst Books and Globe Pequot Press.
Nigel Foster's Surf Kayaking The first surf kayaking manual, this covers techniques for catching and riding waves, performing maneuvers, and completing each ride with style and control. Learn how waves form and what causes them to break. Learn about safety in the surf zone, equipment and etiquette. Photographic sequences in color reinforce the text.
Globe Pequot Press
Kayaking, a Beginner's Guide. Photographic sequences and clear explanations detail all the basic kayaking maneuvers, from launching to wet exit, from a variety of rolls and braces to rescue techniques and bow and stern rudders. This is a comprehensive training manual applicable to paddlers of all levels aspiring to either develop fine technical control of a kayak, or to teach it.
Sea Kayaking Guide to Southern Florida. The forty great paddling trips in Southern Florida detailed here come with suggestions for accommodations, routes to launch sites and places to eat locally. Anecdotes and descriptions of local interest make this a great book for the "armchair adventurer" as well as the committed paddler and is a fun guide to have handy if you should be tempted to learn about Florida.
Slide into the humid warmth of mangrove channels alive with herons and egrets. Hear the splash of jumping mullet as you wind your way to white sand Gulf Coast beaches where dolphins constantly patrol. This book is your personal passport!
Globe Pequot Press.
Open Canoe Technique Discover the nuances of fine paddle control in an open canoe. Photographic sequences and clear line drawings accompany the descriptions of single paddle and of pole propulsion in a conoe, basic canoe sailing, and introductory white-water technique. Both solo and tandem technique is explained along with rescues and safety. Fernhurst Books and Globe Pequot Press.
Seakajak is the German language version of "Nigel Foster's Sea Kayaking", in hardback and with and added selection of color photographs grouped in the center.
Raging Rivers, Stormy Seas. Terry Storry, Marcus Baillie and Nigel Foster recount kayaking adventures from around the world. Marcus and Terry describe their white-water descents while Nigel kicks off with a description of the southern coast of Iceland, from his 1977 circumnavigation with Geoff Hunter, and contributes the final chapter describing ta night trapped beneath 2,000 foot high cliffs in the Faroe Islands, and his solo crossing of Hudson Strait from Baffin Island to Northern Labrador. This book is out of print, but was published by Oxford Illustrated Press. "pre-owned" copies may sometimes be found.
Nigel has produced six excellent instructional sea
kayaking DVD's in the "Nigel Foster Sea Kayaking Series".
1. Getting Started
2. Essential Strokes
3. Directional Control
5. Forward Paddling
6. Rolling and Bracing
(See more details below)
Also, you can see Nigel in "This is the Sea" Volume 1, weaving his way between the forest of posts supporting the old piers of downtown Seattle, slipping through the crystal clear waters of Florida's spring-fed rivers to watch manatees and exotic birds, and playing on the Northwest's Deception Pass.
Volume 1, Getting Started
This DVD covers the fundamentals; history, kayak selection, and looks at the variety of styles and types of equipment available for you to choose from. Learn what to take with you when you paddle, and what you should consider when deciding what to wear. become an informed buyer and an informed paddler.
Volume 2, Essential Strokes
Learn to paddle forward, reverse, turn and go sideways. Essential Strokes examines the quiver of techniques required to get you around in your kayak. Go beyond the essential safety procedures you practice in case you overturn. Learn how to rescue another paddler and how to assist in your own rescue. This volume offers good grounding in essential skills.
Volume 3, Directional Control
The skills shown here include those taught in Nigel's popular "directional control" classes. Beginning with the essential components used to accurately control your course and also make your kayak spin, Foster layers the techniques for a variety of turns, blends one with another and highlights why certain techniques work better in particular conditions. "Directional Control" will help you maneuver accurately and to keep a straight course whatever the wind direction.
Volume 4, Rescues
A capsize to a kayaker may be an inconvenience but should not be a problem. "Rescues" offers both mental and technical solutions. Learn how to empty a kayak at sea, how to re-enter your own kayak from the water, and how to take control of a rescue until the swimmer is safely back in their kayak. A number of different ways are shown with guidance as to how to decide which will be best for each situation.
Volume 5, Forward Paddling
Keep up with your paddling friends with the minimum of effort. Learn good blade placement, efficient application of power, and keep a straight course without wasting precious energy. What causes a blade to flutter and why do kayaks weathercock? What part do your feet, legs and torso play in your forward stroke, and how can you modify your stroke to take advantage from a following sea? Learn the answers and much more from someone who has fine-tuned the forward stroke through thousands of miles of expedition paddling.
Volume 6, Rolling and Bracing
When you have a reliable roll and brace, your confidence in a kayak will rise to new levels. Nigel Foster looks at some non-intimidating ways to learn a roll, examines the essential components of different braces and a variety of practical everyday rolling techniques. This volume also includes Greenland rolling skills introduced by expert Greg Stamer.
Learn more about the series at www.nigelfosterkayaks.com.