Kayak Rolling Lessons in Belize
Step By Step
We teach using river kayaks rather than the sea kayaks we use daily for our Belize snorkeling tours. River kayaks are smaller boat, and therefore much easier to bring up when you are learning. We have several river kayaks for different size people, and spray skirts to fit all sizes too. We also use river kayak paddles rather than sea kayak paddles.
We teach the Screw Roll, which is the most commonly used roll of all because it is reliable, easy to learn, and works in most circumstances. Most paddlers use a Screw Roll or some variant of it as their standard survival roll.
Here our company president, Cully Erdman, is helping his student with the sweep, the second step of learning to roll. In addition to 80 degree water, we teach rolling while you wear your snorkel mask. Then you can see your paddle position, and no more water up in your nose! Easy!
After the sweep, you do the final step, the hip snap. Here Cully helps bring the boat up. Once you feel the roll in this way, it’s easy to practice and continue to improve. In no time at all you can roll without any assistance!
Once you master your roll here in the calm waters of our lagoon, you can take the boats out into our Belize surf spot, right off our island. We have the only safely surfable surf in Belize. This is the perfect place to practice your kayak combat roll!