Learning to roll a sea kayak can be more difficult than learning to roll a river kayak simply because there’s more boat to roll up. That’s why on Adventure Island we use river kayaks for the first stage of teaching our guests how to roll, only graduating to sea kayaks after you’ve already gotten the feel for rolling up in a lighter boat.

Adventure Island is also one of friendliest places on the planet to get your kayak roll — due to the warm water temperatures (80 degrees,) the high visibility (when we have 80 feet visibility we’re having a bad day,) and the fact that we have our guests use nose plugs and wear snorkel masks.

If you’re heading down to Long Caye this season and you’ve never rolled a kayak before, you might be interested in this new DVD just out from Crackle TV Productions, This Is The Roll.

Whether you’re a novice sea kayaker trying to learn your first roll, an intermediate working to improve your roll, or advancing toward forward finishing rolls, “This is the Roll” provides the proper technique for all these maneuvers.

In what is billed as the new standard in how-to-roll DVD’s, “This is the Roll,” provides technical demonstrations on some of sea-kayaking’s hardest moves. World-class instructors Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson demonstrate and teach the three most important Greenland style rolls for open water paddlers: The Standard Roll, the Reverse Sweep and the Storm Roll. Viewers are shown a complete package, including underwater footage, so that rolling up is possible no matter the conditions or how the vessel capsizes. Each roll is explained in an easy to understand way and even the smallest detail of each roll is covered in the instructional segments of the DVD.

Learn to roll a kayakBelize kayak rollingKayak rolling lessonsHow to roll a kayakBelize kayakingSlickrock’s island at Long Caye, Belize is the perfect location to learn how to roll a kayak. We offer instruction in rolling to any guest who is interested, using river kayaks we keep on the island for this purpose.

Kayak rolling lessons are one-on-one and we fit these instructional sessions around the other activities. You can also learn a lot about kayak rolling watching someone else learn, so often a group of 2 or 3 will take turns for a few hours in the morning or afternoon. After all, once can only stand turning upside down in the water for so long.

This is a perfect place learn kayak rolling because we have students wear their snorkel mask to help them see and understand the moves. The warm clear water and our shallows off the beach provide the perfect setting to learn this skill.

After learning the roll in a river kayak, one can easily graduate up to rolling a sea kayak, or using the river kayak in our surf spot.

And then, once you have mastered rolling a sea kayak, you and your buddy then can move up to rolling a DOUBLE kayak!