This past year practicing totally on my own my initial roll attempts where poor at best. Disgusted but not giving up, in the middle of the season I attempted the extended balanced scull brace from a small bit of information I found on the internet, and remembering reading somewhere that “Greenlanders are taught the extended sculling brace before they are taught to roll”. Well the extended balanced scull brace I found quick success with. Within a few days I could go from 90 deg. or 180 deg. And sculling back up. I then tried this with a variety of paddles and although each paddle did have a different feel to each, I was still able to scull back up from the inverted. <br />
With this newly found technique I went back to giving the 360 deg. Roll a try again yet this time I planned on adding the sculling stroke at the end of a failed sweep. This worked great for me, and I found I was rolling time and time again while using the scull as a final crutch to complete my rolls as needed. Even if I came partially up and fell back under I just extended the paddle under water and sculled back up. Now without having to go through the wet exit and entry routine I found I had more time and energy for rolling practice where now my roll has improved with little or no sculling stroke crutch needed.
Well all of this has me wondering why is it that I haven’t heard more of the extended sculling brace stroke recommended in books or DVD’s as something that could be an intermediate step in learning to roll or as a crutch to a poor roll. I haven’t found that I strained any of my muscles or joints, so I don’t see this as a reason. I also found it works with a variety of paddle types. So I ask all you wise ones out there, is there some major negative aspect to learning to roll this way? Am I developing any bad habits from this method that could lead to poor form in the future?
Chris in North Jersey.