Canoeists generally use the Canadian STEYR Roll, which kayakers will also use. When the blades of the paddle move to the rear deck under strong waters, the Canadian STEYR Roll is often employed. You want to try to go in forward position when the force of the water starts to flip the kayak.
Understand if this occurs dangers are lurking the waters. You want to learn breathing, wiggling, and releasing the body from the kayak to escape capsizing. (Flip) Practice is a good policy, since practicing when you capsize is only adding danger to danger.
Kayakers often float through rivers, oceans, lakes, etc. Rivers tend to have rocks, boulders, logs, and other obstacles that could snag or capsize a kayak and/or canoe.
How do I roll a kayak?
Before you float in the waters, you should practice rolling the kayak on land first. The roll tactics include actions known as hydrodynamic, which the blade is usually against the waters. The strategy is employed to give you power over control, since you are converting firmness of a medium into something you are exerting force against, such as strong waters.
The hip muscles provide a boost when you are ready to come up from the waters. You can practice this movement anywhere you choose on land before attempting to roll in a kayak. First lie down on your side. (Your choice) Use an obstacle, pretending it is your kayak, lie down close to it. The top leg you want to lift it down, whilst listing the leg beneath the top leg upward. Your shoulders should remain sideways, while your hips should parallel to the floor.
How do I get out of a roll?
Reread what I just said. If you practice the lying down tactic outlined in the previous sentence, you will have practiced the move it will take you to get out of a capsized kayak.
What other types of rolls should I consider?
The Eskimo Roll. The Eskimo Roll is a way of correcting capsized kayaks. (See righting) The process of Eskimo Rolls is to right a capsized kayak when the boat rolls over beneath the water. The roll if acted on correctly brings you back into order to come up right. Greenland Eskimos practiced the Eskimo Roll in the mid 1700s. Double bladed paddles were often utilized to perform the Eskimo Roll. Sometimes however, a single paddle could get the job done. However, using a single paddled requires more movement of the hip. (See beamer)
While the Eskimo Roll appeared first in the 1700s, it wasn’t until later that the righting tactic was employed. Today the righting method is known as the Pawlata Roll.
You can also use the hands to roll. (Do not try this roll if you are using a flat water sprint kayak)
Before rolling make sure that you have a secured foot rest. As well, you want to make sure you have kneepads to brace the knees. You will also need a spray skirt, ideally the ones designed of Neoprene. While putting on the spray skirt, make sure that it fits about the ribs and stomach securely. Once you are inside the cockpit, the spray skirt, i.e. the bottom section will fit under/around the coaming. (Cockpit Coaming) NOTE: a quick release lever is available in the event you want to exit the kayak immediately; however, rarely is there a need to exit in this way.
TIP: Make sure you fit comfortably in your seat.
Tip: Remember to wear a scuba mask to protect your nose in the event you capsize. As well, scuba masks will help you see while submerged underwater. Unhappy sailing!