Hello all I’m new to this forum.
I very recently started kayaking and joined a local club after a 3 day introductory course by them. The club is nice, we do weekly trips, and instruction and club elders with tens of years of paddling experience are available. While my paddling experience is no longer than weeks, when I was a kid I used to sail a lot on dinghies so I’m not new into messing around on and in water and capsizing my boat for fun. That was a couple decades ago though.
We have pool training off-season in my club, but it’s not off season yet, and I’m trying to learn on my own as much as possible while the water is still warm (I’m somewhere north).
Is it possible, and does it make sense, to try and learn rolls on my own? I like messing around on my own. I’ve done some rescue training with my wife who also started at the same time, so when I’m doing the risky (to a newbie) and wet stuff there’s always someone around to help, so no need to remind me to practice with a pal close to the shore. (Last time I practiced, I attempted a self rescue five times, didn’t quite make it, then with my wife I finally got on the boat quite exhausted, that was fun!)
My current plan is to try and practice high braces a lot and improve my hip flicks while high bracing a lot before I boldly try a layback roll first time. There’s plenty of tutorials on youtube on rolling, I think practicing the different parts of a roll into muscle memory could lead to actually roll.
What are your thoughts on this, am I being overly optimistic in trying to learn on my own, all rolling tutorials say you should always learn rolls with an instructor? What roll could be the first one to try and how does one practice parts of the roll before attempting the whole thing? Also I’d like to point out that generally nobody uses greenland paddles in our club so I’m mostly on my own on learning the GP specific stuff, anyway, I’m assuming the pool practice will be with euro blades, maybe.