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Improver/intermediate Outdoor Rolling Practice (Session 1 of 2)


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Outdoor rolling practice (moving water): Session 1 of 2 

White-water kayaks only 

Brief: These two sessions are intended as a 2-part series aimed at Improver/Improver to intermediate kayakers*. If possible, we suggest attending both sessions to get the most out of the practice. 

Do you have a pool roll but: 

·      Never tried using it outdoors?

·      Tried and failed to roll on the river?

·      Have a roll that is less reliable than you’d like on simple moving water? 

Rolling is a useful and, ideally, fun part of river running.  The idea of these sessions is to take a pool roll into a supportive outdoor environment without the pressure of being on a trip. We’ll have rescue (and moral) support from experienced paddlers, and we’ll be supporting each other in rescues too, so that you can feel safe and confident to experiment with your roll.  

Please be aware, this is not a ‘coached’ rolling session: the experienced paddlers may be able to offer tips and advice as suits the situation but you will need to know how to attempt a roll (it doesn’t have to be completely reliable) in order to attend. These sessions are intended to develop the experience of being outside and what it’s like trying to roll in moving water.  We’ll all be learning together, so bring your sense of humour and willingness to have a go!  


Event coordinator: Alex Davies

Trip leaders: Brian Clough, Mike Hayward 

Trip type: Park and Play rolling practice

Level of Ability: Improver/Improver to Intermediate

Venue: TBC dependent on conditions: possibilities include Devils Bridge or Killington Bridge (Lune), or below Backbarrow Bridge (Leven). Will be confirmed here and via WhatsApp the night before. 

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Safety: Helmets are essential! 

*If you have a reasonable outdoor roll, but would like it to be bombproof, Simon Leperinere will be running a subsequent session on developing a bombproof roll. Please consider your abilities and only take a space on these sessions if they are appropriate for your level. 

Please feel free to contact me on WhatsApp if you have any questions (07834 511909). 

Alex Davies


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