Looking for some reading to inspire and develop your motivation? Then try these Six_great_reads. Each book is very different and will have you flicking the pages and wanting more. Covering the psychology of our learning and practice. Through to the inspirational stories of survival at sea and just life. With of course some theoretical navigation skills which always need polishing. I hope there will be something for everyone in these six_great_reads. Enjoy.
Black Box Thinking
Matthew Syed ISBN 978-1-47361-380-5
Using the words of Dave Brailsford from team Sky cycling this is “an extraordinary, inspirational book which reveals how great performers and teams are driven by an insatiable curiosity for marginal gains. Together with the intellectual courage to challenge their most cherished assumptions.” This book inspired me to keep going regardless of how long or how many attempts it takes to learn a new skill. Now failing does not matter but provides an opportunity to learn.
The Inner Game of Golf
W. Timothy Gallwey ISBN 978-1-4472-8848-0
Although the Inner Game has been around since the 1970s the principals for use as a tool for our sports psychology is still highly relevant today. If you ignore the aspects about golf but begin to realise that in all sport we create self doubt/ fear. This self doubt Gallwey shows, and from experience I agree, limits our performance. There are many ways this happens but mainly by producing tightness, overthinking and a reliance on our conscious instead of our subconscious (feel). Therefore if we can remove or control the doubt (The Inner Game) our performance will improve. Great for a complex skill like rolling. Give it a go and control your Inner game. Enjoy.
Wallace J.Nichols ISB 978-0-0349-13957-9
If you have a love for water or are constantly longing for a seaside holidays then this little gem dives into why that might be. “Drawing upon this breakthrough science, as well as compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientist, military veterans and gifted artists. Wallace J. Nichols shows precisely how proximity to water can improve creativity, health and professional success, and reinforce our connection to the natural world- and each other.” A great read full of insight and fascinating theories. Enjoy.
Jonathan Franklin ISBN 978-1-5098-0017-9
This great read is an epic tale of one man’s determination to survive at sea in his fishing boat for 438 days. A real page turner full of thrills but between the lines you get the real struggle and courage of one man wanting to get home. Amazing grit, impressive stuff. Enjoy. “On the 17 November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a 2 day fishing trip. A viscious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea….Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months (438 Days). When he was washed ashore on 30 January 2014, he had drifted over 6,000 miles”.
Sea Kayak Navigation
Franco Ferrero ISBN 978-1-906095-03-01
This read is a must for all Sea kayakers who are venturing out on any sea journey. This very much is the must have “Practical Manual” and “Essential Knowledge for finding your way at Sea”. Very clear and simple to find your way around the chapters. If you have no prior knowledge or you need to refresh then this is a great resource to keep coming back to. Chapters cover: Planning a trip, Chart work, Compass work, Bouys & Lights, Tides & Currents, Open Crossings and GPS. Plenty to keep you occupied, enjoy.
The Salt Path
Raynor Winn ISBN 978-1-405-93718-4
This is an absolute beauty and I would not be surprised if you read it in one day. Without giving away the end this story will take you through all your emotions but leave you inspired. “An astonishing narrative of 2 people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, (The South West Coastal Path) looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves. (Independent) Highly commend this one, certainly motivated me, enjoy.
Hope you find something to spark your interest in these six_great_reads. Just Books.co.uk is a good place to search out second hand books. Whatever you choose keep enjoying your sea kayaking and discovery kayaking looks forward to seeing you afloat soon. Join us at discovery kayaking to develop your Sea Kayaking or please do look at our other courses and trips.