CLEVELAND ROCKs. KAYAKERS ROLL.
Learning to successfully roll a kayak is an essential skill for paddlers who want to paddle in more challenging conditions.
Our 2-hr kayak roll clinics are designed to teach paddlers the proper technique and develop the muscle memory necessary to master this skill.
This course is taught indoors in winter and spring. In summer months, this course is taught in an outdoor pool. Additionally, private roll instruction is available.
LOCATION FOR THIS COURSE
Spring & Winter Courses:
- Lakewood High School Pool. The entrance to the pool is located at 1595 Robinwood Ave, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
SPRING 2022 Course Dates
- Kayak Rolling I meets 3:15-5:15pm on Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 19, and Mar 19
- Kayak Rolling II meets 5:15-7:00pm on Feb 5, Feb 19, and Mar 19
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SUMMER 2022 Course Dates
- Kayak Rolling I meets 7-9 pm on July 28; Aug 4; Aug 11; and Aug 18
- Kayak Rolling II meets 7-9 pm on July 28; Aug 4; Aug 11; and Aug 18
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Course fee includes:
- Pool admission
- Whitewater or crossover kayak (we prefer "old school" displacement hull kayaks for their ease of rolling!
- Neoprene Sprayskirt
NOTE: Participants may bring their own kayaks, but due to space constraints, we prefer to use whitewater kayaks for indoor pool courses. All skills learned transfer easily to sea kayaks. Outside boats must be thoroughly cleaned (no debris, gravel, sand) for use in the pool.
SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE
There's more to rolling than just flipping over. Our rolling clinics follow a logical progression to maximize your potential for success.
KAYAK ROLLING I
In this course, participants will work with an instructor an other students to develop the foundational skills for the kayak roll. In this course, students will practice and develop the following skills:
- developing comfort in the underwater, inverted position;
- controlled wet exits using a neoprene spray skirt;
- hip snaps to control the rotation of the kayak hull;
- proper positioning and timing to perform the high brace to prevent a capsize;
- and lastly, putting all these skills together by learning the bow rescue from multiple directions
- Upon completing KAYAK ROLLING I, you'll be more prepared for our next step in the learning to roll sequence....KAYAK ROLLING II
Students who have completed our first rolling course may move on to KAYAK ROLLING II. In this class you'll work closely with an instructor on paddle and body positioning for executing a kayak roll. Through observation of modeling, drills, direct kinesthetic corrections, and individual video analysis, participants will practice and develop the following skills:
- proper set-up position;
- controlling paddle angle and trajectory through the water during the "sweep" phase of the roll;
- proper body positioning with special focus on keeping the head neutral and shoulders protected for safety and efficiency;
- timing of body, boat, and blade to complete either C-to-C Roll or Low Resistance Sweep Roll
Kayak Rolling I = 1:6
Kayak Rolling II = 1:3
AGE LIMITS: 14 and over only, please. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants over 16 but under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS: In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5' and 6'4" tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.
NON-DISCRIMINATORY ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
In order to participate in this program, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:
- Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
- Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.
- Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other program participants.
- Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
- Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.