Summer School: How To Roll A Kayak

Jul 28, 2014

When you’re out on the water, whether it’s a calm lake or pond or a fast-moving river, you might face a situation in which your boat flips over. When that happens, it’s natural for you to be panicked.

But, there are a couple of options of what you can do next. You can perform a wet exit, where you basically slide out of your kayak by ripping off the neoprene layer or spray skirt that keeps the water out of the interior of the kayak. Or do a roll, which allows the kayaker to get rightside up without having to get out of the boat.

We got tips at the Waterbury Reservoir on both from Ben Schott, a kayak and paddleboard instructor for Umiak Outdoor Outfitters.