Originally Posted by glenn
...is putting a certain amount of pressure on you to perform...
Sorry, I LOL'd.
It's simply not natural to be 'comfortable' under water. As a land-based mammal, it's simply not.
But you can teach yourself to relax as mentioned--nose plugs are crucial and then goggles. Get a boat and skirt and stick with those. Be comfortable with their fit and where the eject handle is (sorry--Navy here).
Practice just rolling over and hanging out (pool sessions). Don't panic!! When you're upside down (not natural) and underwater (not natural) and strapped in (holy-cow-panic), your heartrate goes to infinity and your body burns oxygen at an extremely accelerated rate. Calm down, relax, and take a look around. That's #1.
#2 is rolling. Once you get a roll down you'll have two methods of righting/extraction--the roll then the eject and you'll relax SO much more.
Based on what you've mentioned, you'll likely have the same problem as me with your roll--lifting your head out of the water first. I hope you don't, but if you find you can't roll, learn the 'head last' rule.
/old for sure...kayak sprout tho