So two of us practiced rolling at the pool today and one of us (me) was disastrous at being a helper. My kayak partner is male and 5'10" (150#'s dry) and I'm female and 5'6" (117#'s dry). The shallow end of the pool is 4'. This was my first time helping someone roll and I failed on all counts.
When my partner rolled on his left side, I stood at the stern on the right side. When the kayak was upside down and he tried to roll back up, I put my left shoulder under the stern. This allowed my left arm to go under the boat and wrap around to the top of the left side (so I could kind of pull the boat toward me). My right arm was on the right side of the boat (kind of pushing the boat away from me) - trying to help roll it. It didn't work. I couldn't get any leverage, no grip, no nothing.
Does anyone have tips on how to help someone get turned back upright?
When my partner helped me roll, he was able to flip me back up - over and over with no trouble. I don't know if it's the weight difference, lack of strength on my part, technique, or what, but I failed quite miserably and would like to do a better job next time.