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3 Hours

kayak rolling level 1

This beginning rolling course is for both whitewater or flatwater (touring) kayakers. It is recommended for anyone who has completed the kayak safety and rescue skills class, or has prior instructor approval.



$179 / Student


3 Hours

Izzy Collett

About the Course

Developing a roll is a highly sought after skill for most kayakers. Being able to handle capsizes quickly and effectively can open a whole new world of possibilities, allowing you to paddle in rough or remote environments more confidently. 


This beginning kayak rolling course is roughly three hours and is designed to by used with either whitewater or touring kayaks closed-deck designs. Students will learn the fundamental components of the roll and improve their bracing skills.  


After some warm up paddling and stretching, we will begin. Participants will be shown:

  • Proper boat fit and adjustment

  • Proper hip snap technique

  • Learning the bow rescue

  • Techniques for effectively rolling

  • Proper body positioning

  • Proper head placement

  • Mechanics of a roll


As students progress through these steps, we will begin practicing the entire sequence.  Rolling is a skill that can be acquired relatively quickly - or take several weeks or months, depending on how often a student practices.  Our instructors will give you tips to continue your on-water skills after the course.  Some students may want to continue on to the intermediate rolling course, or take another session to continue learning with an instructor.  Either way, be patient and know that learning happens at a variety of paces.  Don't put too much pressure on yourself, or frustration will set in.  Just keep trying, keep your head down, and one day you will succeed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should be comfortable spending time with their head underwater and know how to perform a proper wet exit.  Knowledge of bracing is very helpful.  This should not be your first kayak lesson; we suggest our Safety and Rescue skills course as a pre-requisite.  

kayak rolling class lake mead


  • Whitewater kayakers

  • Touring kayakers 

  • Those who paddle in rough water

  • Anyone wanting to practice bracing

  • Paddlers wanting a refresher


Proper outfitting, bow assist rescue, hip snap, paddle techniques, rolling styles.


  • Must be able to fit into a 52" class III PFD approved by the US Coast Guard

  • Must be able to perform a wet exit properly

  • Must be able to listen to commands and follow directions

  • Must  be 14 years of age and 100 lbs

  • Completion of kayak safety and rescue skills class or instructor approval 

Izzy Collett

What Should I Bring?

Your vehicle will be near the water's edge with all your belonging close at hand.  We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for the drive home, because you will be getting wet.  If you have questions one of our friendly adventure staff can help guide you in the right direction.

Packing List

  • Water bottle and snacks

  • Shorts and shirt (not cotton)

  • Swimsuit (wear under clothes)

  • River sandals or water shoes

  • Swim goggles

  • Nose plugs (optional)

  • Earplugs (optional)

  • Hat and sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Towel

  • Dry clothes for drive home

kayak rolling course lake mead

Mahan Deeds


Izzy Collett


  • Professional Instructor

  • All classroom materials

  • Kayak

  • Paddle

  • PFD

  • Spray skirt

  • Certificate of completion​*

* Kayak rolling is a skill that could take

   multiple sessions and we cannot   

   guarantee you will roll in one class.

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