Originally Posted by yakgrrl101
I've been working on my roll for a few years now (yeah, it's taking me awhile!). I FINALLY did 2 perfect "bomb-proof" back-to-back rolls last year 2nd week of April in the Gunny whitewater park. However, I have not been able to get my roll consistant since. I still swim A LOT!
My problem is that I cannot tell when my paddle is on top of the water in the position to execute the second half of the roll. I do try to do the "C-to-C sweep, move your upper body parallel to the paddle, then your head. . .but it seems that the only way I'm rolling these days is if I'm coming up off the bottom in an eddy.
Can someone invent a rolling maching for kayakers?
It is a super bad habit to push yourself off the bottom with your paddle - for 2 main reasons - first, if you can push off bottom it is proof that your body and paddle are not in the best position to do a roll (c to c, sweep, or screw roll). 2nd, it's very easy to catch your blade on the bottom and dislocate your shoulder -I've seen it happen twice. In the roll classes I've taugh- if a student pushes off the bottom of the pool they either get put in the deep end where it's not possible, or if I'm working with them in the shallow end, I immediately flip them back upside down if they come up using their paddle on the bottom of the pool. (tough love
though I warn them that it's coming after I see them do this the first time) I'd much rather have them wet exit than get in that habit.
When I teach rolling I like to focus on what to do right (strong hipsnap and head down) instead of what to avoid (diving paddle). Seems like the students who are thinking about their paddle tend to use it way too much. You can roll up with your paddle well underwater as long as your hipsnap is strong and your head stays down (which is why advanced boaters don't typically "set up" for their rolls they just hip snap/brace up from any position). If you are ever around Golden/Boulder I'd be happy to help critique your roll.