Basic Kayak Rolling

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Spend the Afternoon Learning Beginner Kayak Rolling

Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA. at 1 p.m. The clinic will start on time, so please be prompt. Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival.

We will teach the roll that works best for you. We often warm up with a review of some paddling skills. Most people will learn either the c-to-c and/or the modified sweep roll (and any other variations students want to try) in flat water, concentrating on ensuring proper fit in the boat, maximum use of the hips and minimum reliance on the paddle. Depending on the level and desires of the group, we may move to the river for work on rolling in real river situations.

Don’t let an inability to roll hold you back! Rolling is one of the essential kayaking techniques that can make paddling a joy by lessening the fear and hassle of swimming in whitewater. Our instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have many years of experience teaching rolling to a variety of students. Their kayaking tips can help you move from practicing hip snaps to learning the paddle motions to rolling in a logical progression.

Our low student-to-instructor ratio assures that you will receive the personalized attention our instruction program is known for. Our flexible instruction method is accommodating to people with different body types and makes learning fast and enjoyable.

More Information

  • Chevron down Class Prerequisites
  • These clinics are for novice to intermediate paddlers who want to learn to roll.

  • Chevron down How to Prepare
  • You spend somewhere between three to four hours in your boat. To prepare, stretch your thighs, hamstrings, and torso (back, stomach, shoulders, and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes and be more comfortable in your boat.