with all the hubbub about paddle float rescues, as an sea kayaker’s rescue option, I think it needs to be clear that rolling ones kayak back up is THE BEST option recovering from a capsize.
Soooo many newbies (NOVICE level) think it’s only something that is needed at the advanced level.
In reality this technique is useful at all levels and learning it can hugely steepen your learning curve. it ain’t just for experts.
It teaches us so much about
- paddle blade support and articulation
- shaft leverage
- body posture and balance
- boat characteristics
- cool, relaxed composure whilst underwater
go find a good roll instructor and pay your dues. it’s TOTALLY worh it.
fwiw- I spent 4 years learning whitewater kayaking w/o a roll. 4 YEARS. It sucked.