Cost £80

Course description

This course is designed specifically to get you able to roll a kayak. Rolling a kayak can be quite a complex manoeuvre made even more difficult by having to perform it underwater. Therefore we have put together a course that will be purely focused on getting you to roll a kayak.

The course is a series of three 90 minute swimming pool sessions based at New Parks Leisure Centre, where you'll be in a calmer environment and be more able to learn the techniques needed to roll. You then have the option to progress to our River Roll Clinic to convert your skills on to open water.

Dates Include

  • 7th, 14th and 21st February, 7.30pm - 9pm. Course tutor: Dave Beecroft

Minimum age


Maximum group size


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Previous experience

We would like to open this course to paddlers at all skill levels.  It could be you have never been taught to roll, never tried, you used to be able to roll and now you can't.... or even if you can roll but think it needs improving.  Maybe you want to learn other ways to roll. A good indicator if this course is appropriate for you is that you should have some kayaking experience, and be able to perform basic boat handling skills.

Please note this is not a course for complete beginners, it is designed for those that have already been kayaking.  The skills involved are of an intermediate level, it will be assumed you can already do things such as manoeuvre the boat accurately to where you want it and also hold an edge and lean the boat over with a degree of control.

Learning outcomes

We will try and tailor the course to your abilities; here is an example of some of the things we will be looking at as part of the course.


* Support strokes (preventing the need to do a roll and ties in to rolling)

* Correct body positioning

* Keeping the blade at the surface of the water

* Hip flicks

* Hand rolling

* C to C Roll

* Setting up under water

* Sweep rolls

* Back Deck rolls

* Rolling in moving water

We run the course on 1:3 ratio, this is to give you that individual personal tuition needed to get to grips with this complex skill.

A boat will be reserved for you at the swimming pool, and they do not allow us to bring in boats from outside due to contamination.

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