The success rate for my combat roll is directly related to purely mental factors. Basically, if I flip at a rapid entrance or hit rocks or whatever, I'll bring my head up. I'll attempt two or three, then swim. I have a great roll, been boating for 4 years, but still swim WAY too much. I get really down on myself about it.
Oh, and I'm a girl. Hate to give credence to the stereotype, but maybe we just aren't as "mentally tough" about hanging in there and NOT swimming. And maybe we don't feel we have as much to prove. I know I'm going to get shit for this- but it seems a lot of these posts are from girls.
I'm a good paddler with fairly solid class III skills. My lack of a "bombproof" roll is preventing me from running harder stuff. And it frustrates me to no end. I'm sick of swimming. It's not cool, safe, or fun.
So... it's off to the playpark- to approach holes, giggle, and flip
It's good to know I'm not alone anyway