Rolling is a fantastic skill to have for kayaking. Whether you want to be able to paddle in the rough stuff and keep right on going after an upset, you want the ultimate in kayak handling, or you just want to challenge yourself, rolling a kayak is a fun goal to set for yourself. Rolling a kayak (turning upside down and coming back upright again) is a skill that is often a challenge to learn, but when done well is almost effortless. There are many books and videos showing the roll, but until you try it yourself in real life, it isn't quite the same.
Why learn to roll?
I keep very small classes for this course so that I can work with individuals one at a time to ensure that students don't become disoriented (or, actually to help them regain their orientation) underwater, and to ensure that they keep their shoulders safe. The rolls we learn in this clinic are referred to as "layback rolls" - a technique which is gentle and works well in sea kayaks, even a loaded sea kayak.
This course is a "clinic" and no certification is granted. Not everyone will get their first roll from one class and some will find it easier than others. At the very least, you will come away from this clinic having gained some comfort and patience under the kayak, some techniques and exercises that can help with your progression, and have had some fun at the pool on a cold winter night!
Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar and comfortable with a wet exit and able to remain at least briefly in the kayak while capsized. All equipment is supplied, but students should bring noseplugs and may wish to bring a dive mask or goggles.
This course is a Paddle Canada Rolling clinic.
|Event Date||17-Jun-2021 8:30 am|
|Event End Date||17-Jun-2021 10:00 am|
|Cut-off Date||16-Jun-2021 8:00 pm|
|Price Per Person||$75.00|
|Course Length||2.5 hours|
|Extra Info||It will be awesome.|
|Location||Pike Lake Provincial Park|
Our lessons at Pike Lake occur at the Cabin Owner's Beach (aka North Beach or Hoyte's Beach) near the tennis courts and the Girl Guide camp. There is a park gate just north of where we meet, but it is locked during the summer months so you will need to arrive via the main gate. There is a basic outhouse here but no other amenities. A tarp will be set up if rain threatens.