My name is Sherri Mertz and I have been a sea kayaker since 1988 and an ACA instructor for over 10 years. Just an FYI that I have taken over Rick Isaacson's "Paddler's Book Club" blog at Rick's request. He found himself suddenly too busy to keep it going. I have new posts for chapters 3-5 of the book, "Sea Kayaker: Deep Trouble" by Matt Broze and George Gronseth. (Which should really be chapters 2-4. Rick apparently counted the "Introduction" as chapter 1 when he started. :-)) I welcome your comments. Even if you aren't reading along faithfully in the book, many of the discussion questions are broad enough that you may be able to contribute from your personal experiences. You can find the Paddler's Book Club at www.paddlerbooks.blogspot.com. I look forward to hearing from all of you!