How To Roll A Kayak
By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to roll a kayak. Occasionally, during a kayaking session, you kayak may capsize and learning how to react to this occurrence can save your life in this instance. Be sure to get a lot of practice in a safe environment before attempting this in a real-life situation.
- Start with the kayak upside down in the water, with you still positioned inside the kayak. Without panicking, do a modified sit-up to your left side. Keep your forearms pressed up against the side of the kayak, and carefully reach your arms up and out of the water. Be sure to angle your wrists so that the paddle blade will have a bit of a climbing angle as it moves away from the kayak over the surface of the water.
- Try to keep your head as close to the surface of the water as possible. Sweep your body and paddle around the side of the kayak. Snap your hips to the side. This will cause the kayak to roll over so that it is right side up.
- Use the paddle to steady your body as your gain your posture and position. Use the paddles to get your kayak under control.
Be sure to practice rolling your kayak several times in a safe location where a friend can help you if the need arises before attempting in a real-life situation. Perfecting your rolling skills can help prevent injury or even possible death.