Originally Posted by SouthernSun
Any thoughts on renaissance adventure guides?
Yes, they meet up at Chatfield Reservoir every Saturday though, so it's not necessarily any closer to you. They definitely know what they are doing, and they always have their lake classes in the morning until afternoon, concurrently with the Confluence Kayaks classes (also at Chatfield).
I took three classes when I started this year. A lake class, river class, and a follow-up roll class. It's kind of pricey, but probably worth it. Although, I didn't actually have a roll or a decent brace until afterward. I just watched some video and eventually it clicked for me (I ended up with a sweep roll, which I now do on both sides.).
I would highly recommend the EJ's Rolling and Bracing DVD, because that's what really did it for me. Also, there hasn't been a week that I haven't at least done a lake session since I started, so it definitely helps to be consistent.
Ps. George Meyers pool sessions will open up in the Winter. From what I gather, there's either a seasonal pass you can get for the pool, or you could pay $7 or so every Tuesday. I'm not sure about what might be available that's closer to you or even me though, but they run 'em late.