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Old 02-20-2012   #11
 
Beaverton, Oregon
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As my skills progressed and I picked up a rescue jacket and skirt with an implosion bar I wound up with a natural set of pool gear.

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Old 02-20-2012   #12
 
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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.
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Old 02-21-2012   #13
 
dillon, Colorado
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The whole point of rolling in a pool is practice, so of course you should leave your pfd etc behind and have your roll benefit from it being slightly harder w/o gear Just one more benefit of not wearing your pfd/drytop in the pool imo...the others being you don't have to bring as much crap with you, less cold wet gear in your car in winter, and actually having your gear last more than 1 or 2 seasons. I took an old skirt in the pool about 10-12 times and even with rinsing and 303 it is really stiff and brittle/tends to rip even easier than before.
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Old 02-21-2012   #14
 
Denver, Colorado
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Thanks everyone for the input on both not ruining new gear in the pool and why I really should work on rolling without any of it on to focus on technique. Cheers! Hope to get on the river in the fairly near future.
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