Indoor Kayak Rolling Clinics in Massachusetts

Indoor Kayak Pool Rolling Clinics in Massachusetts

Our indoor kayaking clinics are geared toward beginner to intermediate kayakers, C-1ers, and OC-1ers.  We offer Saturday sessions during early spring in Franklin, Massachusetts. Each class is two hours long with a maximum of 9 students and a 1:3 ratio of instructors to students.

In each class, we warm up with skills such as strokes, leans, and braces. We work on improving your execution of these basics so that when you put boat to river next spring you'll be ahead of the game. We then devoted the rest of the session to rolling. For those who can't roll, we start from scratch, leading you through a logical progression from hip snaps to paddle motions to a full-blown kayak roll. If you're an experienced roller, you can work on improving your technique, flipping without setting up, and learning an off-side roll, a hand roll, or any other variation of the basic roll.

In order to fit into your busy schedule, you can sign up for one class or several.   We suggest you plan to arrive about 20 minutes early to get changed so you'll be ready to begin on time.

2019 Dates:

March 2, 9, 16, 23
April 6, 13

6pm to 8pm


The Hockomock Area YMCA - Bernon Family Branch is located at 45 Forge HIll Road off exit 17 on Route 495 in Franklin MA only 45 minutes from Boston and 15 minutes from Worcester. It is a full-service YMCA with a large indoor pool.

From Interstate Route 495: Take exit 17 to Route 140. At the end of the exit, head north toward Bellingham. After .5 mile, take a left into Forge Park. After .8 mile, take a left onto National Drive. After .2 mile, at the cul de sac, take a left. the YMCa is at the top of the hill.

From Route 140 in Bellingham: At Garelick Farms, take a right into Forge Park. After .4 mile, take a right onto National Drive. After .2 mile, at the cul de sac, take a left. the YMCa is at the top of the hill.

The phone number for the YMCA is 508-528-8708.

Hockomock Area YMCA

What To Expect & How to Prepare

The Instructors

Our instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have many years of experience teaching kayaking, canoeing, and rolling.

Our low student-to-instructor ratio assures that you will receive the personalized attention our instruction program is known for, and our flexible instruction method uses both the C-to-C roll and the Modified Sweep roll to accommodate people with different body types and to make learning fast and enjoyable.

Who should take this clinic?

These clinics are for novice to intermediate paddlers who want to learn to roll. Our minimum age for this clinic is 12.


We're happy to supply boats, paddles, life jackets, helmets, and wetsuits, but you may also bring your own. We encourage you to bring your own gear if you have it so you can get used to its quirks.   

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