Originally Posted by Rich
Won't it be harder to roll without a PFD?
Ironically, I've found it both easier AND harder to roll without a PFD.
Easier because I don't have a big fat thing around my torso/chest limiting my range of motion (I'm small and flexible). Even a kid's PFD still has that effect, though not as much as adult models.
Harder because the PFD provides enough buoyancy that it is possible to cheat a little--with that extra buoyancy I can get away with sloppier form. And that is one of the major reasons I don't use the PFD while rolling in a pool or other calm setting. I practice with it on sometimes, too, (but not in the pool) so that I know I can roll either with or without it. Not good to let either way become a crutch.