The Kayak Companion

Expert guidance for enjoying the paddling experience in water of all types from one of America's premier kayakers


Get paddling! Joe Glickman, a two-time member of the US National Marathon Kayak Team, fills this kayaking primer with expert advice and plenty of encouragement. Beginners will benefit from Glickman’s clear descriptions of the basic techniques of sea, touring, and recreational kayaking, while experienced kayakers will find insightful tips on navigation, troubleshooting, and boat assessment. Enlivened by delightful stories of Glickman’s personal kayaking adventures, this fun and informative guide will inspire kayakers of all types to get out on the water and enjoy the ride.  

  • Storey Publishing, LLC; April 2003
  • ISBN: 9781603422000
  • Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Kayak Companion
  • Author: Joe Glickman
  • Imprint: Storey Publishing, LLC

In The Press

“The text provides inspiring insight into what makes kayakers tick and is a suitable introduction for the newcomer.” — Woodland Hills (CA) Daily News


“A quick flip through … reveals a lot of info for the beginner paddler and some interesting anecdotes for the more experienced kayaker.” — Atlantic Coastal Kayaker


“Glickman shares his knowledge, all gained the hard way, and uses his sense of humor to keep you entertained.” — Nashville Tennessean


“With expert guidance and fun, Glickman gives paddlers solid information on everything from how to climb into a kayak to how to read a compass.” — Sweat Magazine


“ … offers guidance from basic launch and stroke techniques to navigation, gear and rescue scenarios.” — Sea Kayaker