Over the past couple of years I have written many articles and blog posts about different aspects of learning your first Greenland kayak or qajaq roll. Many of these have been published in leading sea kayak magazines around the globe. Rather than regurgitate this content I thought I would provide a comprehensive set of links to each article so that those people looking to embark on the journey to their first roll, or those people who maybe are looking for a refresher, would have a good place to start.
You never know when you might need to roll. Having a solid roll has given me the confidence to push myself and enjoy the waters more. Hopefully this collection of articles can help you to develop the same skills and confidence so that you too can enjoy being afloat and messing about in kayaks as much as I do.
Prior to reading the individual articles here is a link to the Standard Greenland Roll, which is probably the first Greenland kayak roll that most people try and learn, it is good to visualize the motions necessary to make this roll work well as it is the foundation of many other rolls.
Before even getting afloat it can be very helpful to ensure your rolling is not hindered by your kayak and other equipment.
Everyone has a slightly different physique and physical ability, preparing your body will help ease the learning curve as you start to roll your kayak.
Rolling does not just require good physical health. The right mental attitude and expectations can help tremendously, especially when things don’t quite work out as expected.
Kayak rolling requires the roller to apply a rotational force to the kayak, this can only happen if there is a resistance to the rotation, floating is a critical element of this process.
Perfecting the body mechanics of the Standard Greenland roll requires considerable flexibility in the spine and torso. Working the right joints and muscles can prevent injuries and ensure greater success when rolling.
Many people like to start learning to roll by perfecting the static or balance brace. Despite it seeming a simple roll there are many nuances to it that can be sued to increase the success rate of beginners.
If you are teaching yourself to roll then learning to scull first is a good approach.
Once you can scull for support then the Standard Greenland roll can be attempted.
We are all human, and we can feel like we hit a wall during training, here is some advice on how to deal with failure in an effective way.
Rolling is hard, learning to roll is harder. Here are forty ideas that have resulted from a couple of years of teaching people to roll:
Good luck with learning to roll, if you want any personal help I offer free rolling clinics and travel to teach as well. More information on these free services is available here: http://qajaqrolls.com/clinic