A student learning how to roll her sea kayak.
Location: Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia. Photo credit: Karl Vollmer

Kayak Rolling Clinic

Discipline: Sea Kayaking Stream: Skills Development

This (typically) 2-hour clinic introduces the basic mechanics involved in rolling a kayak leading to the ability to roll a kayak confidently in class-0 or calm water.


Upon completion of the clinic, students will either be able to confidently roll their kayak in calm, sheltered waters or have learned knowledge and exercises to continue practising and working towards mastering the skill.

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Course Overview

Typical Course Length

2 hours minimum.

Course Water Class

This course runs in Class-0 conditions which are described as:

Non-challenging protected waters with limited wind effect, little or no current, easy landings, and ready access to land-based assistance. Wind and sea state is calm to rippled (<15km/h or 8 knots).

Learn more about our water classification system.

Course Topics

Paddling Skills
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Wet exit
  • Safe body mechanics
  • Rolling progressions
  • Learning aids
Knowledge
  • Kayak fit and equipment
  • Heritage
Course Prerequisites
  • It is highly recommended that students have Basic Kayak Skills certification or equivalent skill and knowledge
  • Students must be able to perform a controlled and calm wet exit
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