Winter Pool Rolling
Winter pool rolling 2012 – 13:
|Nov. 10||Dec. 8||Jan. 12|
|Jan. 26||Feb. 9||Feb. 23||Mar. 9||Mar. 16|
|Mar. 23||Apr. 6||Apr. 20||Apr. 27|
Winter is an ideal time to learn to roll a kayak and practice basic boating skills, all in the security and comfort of an indoor heated swimming pool! You can be practicing the basics of rolling while the snow is falling outdoors.
Our in-the-boat exercises, step by step teaching progressions, and individual feedback will help build your skills and absolute comfort needed for the spring season. Adult class size ratio is 3 students to 1 instructor. The Youth ratio is 6 to 1. Pool classes are offered select Saturdays, November through May. Please consult the Calendar.
Pool Rolling for 1st Timers: Learning to roll is a great first step in learning to kayak. You will first develop comfort getting in and out of your boat in a “wet-exit” and building a powerful “hip-snap.” This is fundamental to learning every type of kayak roll.
Level 2 Pool Rolling: Here we break down the steps to your kayak roll. You will focus on paddle and body position and get plenty of practice with the support of an experienced instructor. For those who have taken the 1st Timers Class or other paddling lessons and are continuing on toward getting a solid roll.
Pool Rolling for Youth: Here is an opportunity for students of the After School Kayaking program and other Youth kayakers to work on rolling this winter, so that you will be ready for spring paddling. When you can roll, and well, you will be liberated when you get out on the river the next spring.
Advanced: Stress test your roll with expert guidance. Imagine being upside down in an odd position and being able to recover from any situation or position! If you already have a flat water roll, moving water, or a combat roll, we can help you develop it to be even stronger through our series of advanced rolling exercises. Please contact the office if you are interested in an advanced lesson.
Play-boating: If you can count on your roll, and enjoy capsizing at will, you are ready to appreciate play-boating. With the help of friendly suggestions, you can begin to experiment with the basic rodeo moves. Nothing will help you more to be at home in the water than joining in a play-boat session. Please contact the office if you are interested in play boating lessons.
Open rolling: If you just want to practice on your own, you can come to an Open Rolling Practice Session. Please see prices below.
Who: Everyone who is a competent swimmer can benefit from pool rolling practice. Beginners can learn the basics to develop a reliable roll. Advanced paddlers and intermediates can focus on off-side rolls, hand-rolls and other techniques to improve reliability in all conditions. Those interested in taking the sport to the next step to improve balance and strength, should try play-boating.
Where and when: 5:00 to 7:00 PM Saturdays at the Lab School, November through May.
What to bring: Classes include equipment rental, however you can bring your own boat and equipment if you prefer. Please remove airbags and wash your boat thoroughly prior to entering the pool. You should also bring a bathing suit and towel. It is recommended that you wear a fleece or polypropylene top. You may wish to bring nose clips or goggles.
Costs: For adults, the cost of a single instructional lesson is $75, which includes the cost for the pool, equipment, and instruction. A package of three instructional lessons is $195 ($65 each).
For youth, Sessions are $30 a piece
Open rolling practice sessions: $20 for single session. Equipment rental for an open session is $20 per session for a boat, skirt, paddle, life-jacket and helmet. (Equipment for instructional classes are included in the price of the class.)
Prerequisites: Being a competent swimmer.
To Register: Please consult the calendar for dates, then sign up on our registration system (button to the right).