Today I achieved two milestones, one was obtaining successful forward finishing rolls, I started using the paddle float training method recommended by Helen W. I then progressed again to trying chest scull and recovery and then progressed to swinging the paddle further and further aft until I was completing the whole roll, then wrapped it off with some full rolls falling in backwards. Ron Olson suggested I turn the reverse sweep roll into a two step process, getting setup at the stern and then when I feel like I have found that familiar position complete the sweep and knee raise. This worked well and certainly contributed to my success. I wouldn’t say it is anything like bombproof yet but I have executed it successfully numerous times now.
I repeated all my lay back rolls to reinforce the muscle memory, including the Norsaq rolls with the rolling stick, these went so well I starting stopping them on the way up in the static brace and then after a pause completing the roll. Feeling more than a little great about all this success I decided to try without any aid and attempted my first hand rolls. I nailed it on the second attempt. I was also able to hand roll into the static brace and then complete the roll after a pause. This felt like a huge accomplishment and I think my grinning face said it all and I got a huge thumbs up from Ron after I completed it.