Originally Posted by Skibum84
So how do you make the transition from rolling in the pool to the actual combat roll on the river. My pool roll is pretty good right now, but I'm hesitant to flip myself on purpose in whitewater.
You can add an intermediate step in the process by practicing rolling in a lake and adding the following factors. Practice them both with and without setting up first (just hold the paddle as if you were paddling, instead of putting it down by your side and tucking).
* Boat movement: Paddle forward before capsizing. Paddle backward before capsizing. Spin the boat around with a strong sweep before capsizing. Add some speed to make it harder.
* Wind waves: Pick a day with strong onshore winds (blowing TOWARD shore). Practice rolling after setting up toward the waves, away from the waves, facing the waves, and waves at your back. The waves aren't a constant flow like current is, but you'll still feel big differences in ease of rolling up, depending which way you're oriented. Also, the fact that it's not a constant flow means if you fail your first attempt, you have a good 2nd shot at coming up when the wave has passed.
* When you have both left and right side rolls, practice switching sides underwater. I've heard people say that you only need a roll on one side, but it's a LOT better to have it on both sides.
* Practice rolling up both slowly and quickly.
* I never did this, but you could have a helper attach a line to your bow and yank it suddenly to throw off your balance. There are photos demonstrating this online somewhere, or at least there were several years ago.
Pools have zero wind and perfectly clear water. There aren't many days when you get that combo even in lakes.