• Ages 14 to adult
  • 2017 dates:
    • Jan 8, Jan 22,
    • Feb 5, Feb 19,
    • March 5, 12, 19, 26,
    • April 9, 23, 30
  • 2:45 – 4:45 pm
  • $75 or $195 for a package of three classes, equipment included
  • $20 for Open Rolling, no equipment provided
  • Piney Branch Pool, 7510 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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Pool Rolling

Winter is an ideal time to learn to roll a kayak– in the security and warmth of an indoor swimming pool! Our in-the-boat exercises, step-by-step teaching progressions, and individual feedback will help build your skills needed for rolling in the river and the spring kayaking season. With a low student-to-instructor ratio, students will get plenty of personal attention when learning and problem-solving rolls as well as the experience and feedback from fellow students.

If you are a total beginner or not quite comfortable with a wet exit, start with Pool Rolling for 1st Timers. Our patient and knowledgeable instructors will work with you to feel comfortable getting in and out of your boat in a wet-exit and building a powerful hip-snap. First Timers will also cover T-rescues, and an intro to paddle position if time allows.

If you have completed the First Timers class and feel comfortable getting out of your boat underwater you are ready for Level 2+.  In this class we break down the steps to your kayak roll, focusing on paddle and body position and getting plenty of practice with the support of an experienced instructor. Those paddlers who are having roll- issues can also benefit from the practice and guidance of an instructor in the 2+ class. Students may take this class multiple times. Each time the instructor will teach to your specific level. These classes are geared toward adults. Please see Pool Rolling for Youth for paddlers 9 to 16 years.

Have a roll and want some practice? Bring your own equipment and work by yourself or with the friendly group in Open Rolling. These sessions are great for remaining flexible and comfortable in your boat, working on tricks, or trying out a new vessel during the cold winter months!

Everyone who is a competent swimmer can benefit from pool rolling practice. Beginners can learn the basics to develop a reliable roll. Intermediates can focus on off-side rolls, hand-rolls and other techniques to improve reliability in all conditions. Advanced paddlers can keep their rolls and flexibility in shape all winter long.

In Pool Rolling for First Timers, Level 2+, and Youth Rolling boats are provided. Kayaks are hardshell with an enclosed cockpit, like Liquid Logic Remixes or Dagger Mambas. Open Rollers may rent a boat for $50 by contacting the office. Any student signed up for a package (3 or more) of classes with us is welcome to join Tuesday night Open Practice sessions May – September.